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Community feast in Barkingside for Jewish residents facing Passover alone

PUBLISHED: 16:03 29 March 2018 | UPDATED: 16:36 31 March 2018

Seder celebrations at Bet Tikvah Synagogue in 2016

Seder celebrations at Bet Tikvah Synagogue in 2016

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Residents who face spending Passover alone this weekend are invited to a community feast in Barkingside.

The East London and Essex Liberal Synagogue is holding a communal Seder meal on Saturday, March 31.

Passover, known as Pesach in Hebrew, begins on Friday and lasts for seven or eight days, depending on where in the world it’s being observed.

“On Friday night, most people will have Seder with their families,” said Rabbi David Hulbert.

“On Saturday night we’re holding one for the community, for people who don’t have family, the elderly or people on their own.”

Passover marks the exodus of the Jewish people, led by the prophet Moses, from Egyptian slavery.

During the evening the story is retold from a book called the Haggadah and unleavened bread called Matzah is eaten.

He added: “We celebrate our exodus from ancient Egypt and we also celebrate the ten plagues.

As the legend goes, God punished the Pharaoh of ancient Egypt, and his people, with ten plagues when he refused to liberate the children of Israel.

The plagues ranged from turning the rivers of the nile into blood to killing all Egyptian first-borns.

“We pour one drop of wine on the white table cloth for each of the ten plagues,” he added.

“Our pleasure symbolised by the wine is reduced by the suffering of the poor Egyptians.

“It wasn’t their fault, it was the Pharoaohs!”

He added: “There will be lots of wonderful prayers and huge meals and lots of religious songs and folk songs.


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