"To foster and promote the love, understanding, and practice of Reform Judaism"

Yom Shabbat, 7 Elul 5778


Our long-standing tradition is to celebrate at the Temple with a Congregational Seder on the first night of Passover.  Many of our families are far from home and relatives, and are invited to attend this special Seder meal.  It is always filled with traditions and rituals, symbolic foods and music as they "re-tell" the story of the Exodus from Egypt with their Temple family.  It is one of the most heavily attended events at Temple Emanuel.  Each year we invite unaffiliated Jews and the general public to join us in this lovely, meaningful tradition.   

Contact our Temple Office for more information about making reservations, dinner choices and the cost for attending.   



Passover, known as Pesach in Hebrew, is a major Jewish spring festival, commemorating the Exodus from Egypt over 3,000 years ago.  

The ritual observance of this holiday centers around a special home service called the Seder (meaning "order") and a festive meal; the prohibition of chametz (leaven); and the eating of matzah (an unleavened bread).  On the fifteenth day of Nisan in the Hebrew calendar, Jews gather with family and friends in the evening to read from a book called the hagaddah, meaning, "telling," which contains the order of prayers, rituals, readings and songs for the Passover Seder.  Today the holiday is a celebration of freedom and family.