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Dozens celebrate first night Passover Seder in Vestal

VESTAL (WBNG) — Jewish people around the world are celebrating God’s liberation of when their ancestors were slaves in Egypt, while remembering those difficult times during Passover, which began at sunset.

Millions of Jewish people celebrate the first and seconds nights with a Passover Seder meal, which includes symbolic foods of those hard times placed on a Seder plate. Only unleavened bread, or Matzah, can be eaten during Passover which runs until next Saturday.

Chabad at Binghamton had a table set for about one hundred people on Friday night as leaders there invited anyone with open arms.

“Everyone is welcome and those who weren’t able to make it to the seder we brought them Matzah and whatever they need to celebrate the holiday,” explained Chabad Rabbi Levi Slonim.

Rabbi Slonim said all Chabad centers have an open door policy. Below is the dates and times of Seders through the weekend at Chabad at Binghamton, located at 420 Murray Hill Road in Vestal.

  • Friday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m.: Services followed by Seder dinner
  • Saturday, April 20 at 9:30 a.m.: Services followed by lunch (approx. 12 p.m.)
  • Saturday, April 20 at 7:45 p.m.: Services followed by Seder dinner
  • Sunday, April 21 at 9:30 a.m.: Services followed by lunch (approx. 12 p.m.)

Many prayers are read and sung from the Haggadah, or prayer book for Passover, in the company of those gathered around the table.

Children will often participate in fun actives including finding the Afikoman, or the middle Matzah, that is hidden before the Seder meal begins.

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