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Passover (Pesach) commemorates the Exodus of the people of Israel from slavery in ancient Egypt. Passover is celebrated with a special dinner known as a seder, with prayers, songs and rituals outlined in the Passover prayerbook, the haggadah.

Traditionally, seders are held the first two nights of the holiday, with relatives and friends at home. Many CRC members celebrate Passover in their own homes. In addition, CRC offers several opportunities to attend a seder in our community's home, our Sukkat Shalom.

Our Congregational Seder is held the second night of Passover at CRC. We go through the haggadah together and share a festival meal.

If you need help finding a first night seder to attend, or if you can make room at your table for a CRC member looking for a place to go, please contact the CRC office well in advance of the holiday. We will do our best to help match those looking with those hosting!

In addition to our Congregational Seder, CRC hosts the following potluck seders every year:

Women's Seder: We sing, dance, and celebrate Passover together! We also highlight the role played by Miriam, Shifrah, Puah, the Pharoah's daughter, and other women in the Exodus story, all of whom are overlooked in the traditional haggadah (though women and men are always present together in all CRC haggadot!). And, we reflect on the unique lessons of Passover for our lives today.

Men's Seder: The men of CRC come together as a community to discuss, reflect on, learn from, and of course, celebrate the gift of freedom that we gained when we escaped from Egypt.

LGBT Seder: What does the Exodus story have to do with today's struggles for full equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community? Join us for the annual seder hosted by CRC's LGBT Chavurah (friendship group) to find out!

Racial Diversity Seder: Formerly known as the "Dismantling Racism Seder," this seder is held with our friends from the African Hebrew Israelite community. Together, we go through the seder rituals, reflecting on the connections between the Jewish slavery experience in Egypt and the African American slavery experience in the U.S. And of course, we celebrate the diversity of our community today!