Students Celebrate Passover Together
This is the second night of the Seder, which Jews traditionally celebrate with a large ceremonial meal.
This part of the Jewish holiday also features the retelling of their cultural history including the Jewish exodus from Egyptian enslavement. The seder provides a sense of unity among these students while they are celebrating the holiday away from their families.
"Since Passover fell in the middle of the week, some people weren't able to go home and it may be their first time not being with their family for Passover. We're happy to provide a place where they can come and be comfortable and be with their friends," said Hillel staff chief Jennifer Burkholz.
Symbolic items on a traditional Seder plate include bitter herbs representing the bitterness of the Jewish enslavement. The shank bone symbolizes the smeared lamb's blood on Jewish doors during the final plague. And the charoset represents the mortar used by Jewish slaves to lay Egyptian bricks.
The last night of Passover is Thursday, April 20.
Reported by: Thad Kemlage