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Jewish Passover celebrated outdoors over the weekend

Published: Mar. 28, 2021 at 1:01 PM EDT
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - Jews celebrated Passover, a significant Jewish holiday that honors the Israelites’ freedom from slavery from Ancient Egypt, in the great outdoors over the weekend.

Roanoke’s Temple Emanuel held a community Passover Seder Saturday night in its parking lot. The Rabbi read through the story of exodus on stage, while people followed along from their cars and ate the ritual Passover foods, like Matzo. The temple usually holds a big Seder indoors, but this year held it outside due to the pandemic.

“I think that this year maybe more than any other year, the sense of community is so important and the opportunity to be together after a year of feeling apart, really was emphasized this year,” Rabbi Kathy Cohen, with Temple Emanual, said.

Passover and the eating of unleavened bread started Saturday night and continues for seven days for some Reform Jewish communities and eight days for others.

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