It’s a rare and interesting convergence…. This year, Earth Day and the Jewish holiday of Passover occur on the same day. At the Jewish Community Center, we think this is a marvelous and fun teaching and learning opportunity!
To honor both occasions, the JCC of Greater Albuquerque (JCC) will host a unique Passover Earth Day Seder on April 22, 2016 from 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Passover is the Jewish holiday that commemorates the Israelite’s deliverance from slavery in Egypt. The Passover holiday is celebrated with a “seder” (pronounced “say-der”), a traditional dinner at which the story of Exodus is re-told. Passover actually derived from a holiday that celebrated the first greens of Spring, which means that it has a deep connection to Earth Day.
This year offers an unique opportunity to experience the traditions and teach the messages of both holidays; a lovely way to experience a Passover seder and to celebrate the themes of freedom and protection of our Earth/environment.
The JCC Passover Earth Day Seder will feature:
- A sumptuous multi-course meal (which will include some locally sourced food);
- Earth Day activities for children and adults, including raptor education, tree & herb planting, and environmental information
- Native American blessing and dance led by Shawn Price, a Navajo who also practices Judaism
- Concise Passover service and discussion of the convergences between the two occasions and various religious traditions
The JCC Passover Earth Day Seder is open to all and is suitable for all ages to attend. In fact, for those who have never been to a Passover seder, this would be a great first one to experience! The menu will include both meat (chicken) and vegetarian/vegan options.
Tickets to the Passover Earth Day Seder are reasonable: Adult–$18; Child–$7; Family (parents and up to 4 children)–$50. Reservations must be made in advance by April 15, 2016; 505-348-4455.
Please feel free to join us and/or spread the word.