Wednesday, Jun 19th

A Multicultural Celebration: Passover Seder Unites Scarsdale Seniors

SeniorSederOn April 18, 2024, the Scarsdale Parks, Recreation and Conservation Senior Club, in collaboration with Scarsdale/Edgemont Family Counseling and the Scarsdale Library, hosted a memorable Passover Seder for nearly 50 seniors from diverse backgrounds. This special event not only celebrated the rich traditions of Passover but also highlighted the unity and inclusivity within the Scarsdale Senior community.

The Passover Seder is a significant Jewish ritual that commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. It is marked by a ceremonial meal that includes symbolic foods, prayers, storytelling and song. This year's Seder was made even more meaningful as it welcomed seniors from various ethnic and religious backgrounds, reflecting the spirit of togetherness and understanding.

One of the remarkable aspects of this Seder was its inclusivity. Recognizing the linguistic diversity among attendees, the Seder was translated into Mandarin for the Chinese seniors. This gesture ensured that everyone could fully participate and engage in the traditions of the Seder, regardless of their native language.

The traditional Seder plate, featuring symbolic foods such as matzo, bitter herbs, and charoset, was prominently displayed, inviting participants to explore the deeper meanings behind each item. Many thanks to Seasons Scarsdale in the Golden Horseshoe Shopping Center for donating all the charoset.

The atmosphere was filled with a sense of reverence and camaraderie, as the messages of freedom, resilience and community were shared by all, and there was a palpable sense of gratitude and camaraderie for the opportunity to participate in such a meaningful experience.

Contributed by Maida Silver, Senior Services Coordinator for the Village of Scarsdale Parks, Recreation & Conservation.

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