Seder You There!

Passover begins tonight at sundown and if you haven't already made plans for Seder tonight or tomorrow night, we've got you covered.

Seder, one of the most vital Jewish holidays, commemorates the Jewish peoples' release from slavery and the Exodus from Egypt.  For the non-Jews among us, think of it as the Thanksgiving dinner to beat all Thanksgiving dinners.  Seder is not only a religious holiday, but a time for families to gather under one roof and at one table to celebrate their heritage and count their blessings.

Traditional food served at Seder includes bitter herbs, roasted shank bones and roasted eggs.  While it doesn't sound like a delicious feast, that's not the idea.  Every item of food on the Seder plate is symbolic and represents a piece of culture or history, making it a veritable tapestry of food.

While most Seder dinners are held in the home, not everyone is able to make it home to family during Passover.  Several area synagogues and community centers have solved that problem by opening up their Seder dinners to anyone who wants to come.

Seder dinners are available tonight at two Houston-area organizations:

Chabad Lubavtich, 10900 Fondren
To be conducted in English, Hebrew and Russian
Service: 7:45 p.m.
Seder: 8:15 p.m.
Prices: $18 for children/students, $36 for adults
Online reservations are closed; call 713-777-2000 for reservations

Jewish Community Center, 5601 South Braeswood
The JCC closes at 3:00 p.m. today in preparation
Seder: 7:00 p.m.
Prices: free for children under age 6, $40 for children ages 6-12, $45 for children over age 13 and adults
Call 713-663-7600 for reservations

Additional services and communal seders will take place tomorrow night at the following organizations:

Kol Halev Reconstructionist Seder, JCC Merfish Center, 9000 S. Rice
Seder: 6:45 p.m
Price: $40 for adults, free for children under age 10
Call 713-661-9111 for reservations

Temple Beth Torah, Marriott Houston International, 18700 JFK Boulevard
Seder: 6:00 p.m.
Price: $14 for children, $33.50 for adults
Call 281-446-5611 for reservations

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