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First Passover event at Belmont United Synagogue
BELMONT United Synagogue held its first communal Passover dinner.
More than 80 people attended the event at the synagogue on Saturday, April 7, to mark the eight day Jewish holiday and take part in a tradition which is usually carried out in the home.
Belmont United Synagogue chairman Anthony Broza said: "We could tell there would be a demand but we were overwhelmed by the response."
The festival commemorates the exodus of the Jewish people from Egypt, 3,599 years ago.
Guests read from the Haggadah, a text compiled by Jewish sages, which tells the story of the Jews' liberation from slavery under the ancient Egyptians.
Families and people of all ages joined in the retelling of the famous events associated with the festival, such as plagues and the parting of the Red Sea. Children sang Passover songs and re-enacted the story.
Eight-year-old Nathan Gellman said: "It was a great evening because the dressing up was fun with clever ideas to retell the story, along with games that involved the 10 plagues."
Rabbi Elchonon Feldman came up with the idea for the event and he has spearheaded a string of popular initiatives since joining the synagogue as its minister last year.
He said: "What a fabulous experience. It was so invigorating to see those young and old reignite their soulful passion for our people's timeless traditions. I can't wait
until next year."
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