Passover, which marks the birth of the Jewish people as a nation, led out of slavery in Egypt by Moses more 3,000 years ago, begins next week.
Kehillah Synagogue has issued an open invitation to the Jewish community to celebrate the Passover seder at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the synagogue, 1200 Mason Farm Road.
“This is an opportunity for all Jews to come together to tell our shared story of moving from slavery to freedom and to understand the universal meaning of this message of redemption,” said Rabbi Jennifer Feldman.
The story of Exodus occurs through words, songs and interactive recounting of the plagues to keep children engaged. The Haggadah, the text used during the Seder, has been carefully designed to be fully accessible to Hebrew and non-Hebrew speakers. And the meal will feature special Passover foods.
About 120 people attended the event last year, making Passover one of the most highly attended Jewish rituals, Feldman said.
“In some deep, almost essential way, attending a seder offers an opportunity for Jews to personally be part of the Jewish experience and bring their own voices to telling the story of the Jewish people.”
Tickets are $45 for adults and $18 for children under 10. The price includes a 3 percent contribution to MAZON, a Jewish nonprofit dedicated to ending hunger. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-942-8914.
Passover seders for the Triangle area will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at The Carolina Club, 550 Stadium Drive on the UNC campus, sponsored by Chabad of Durham/Chapel Hill and Duke University.
The seder is no ordinary meal, said Rabbi Zalman Bluming.
“It will incorporate 15 multi-sensory steps that reach deep into the human psyche in every way possible and all at once: rich melodies, dynamic visuals, prayers and stories, even the visceral senses of taste, smell and touch are part of the interminable tradition,” he said.
The theme is “The Unbroken Chain of Jewish Existence” and will take participants through the traditional stories and help them understand the Seder’s relevance to today’s Jews, he said.
The five-course Passover meal will include the hand baked Shmura Matzoh, four cups of wine and bitter herbs.
To attend, RSVP to chabaddch.com/1664749.
Judea art sale
Judea Reform Synagogue, 1933 W. Cornwallis Road, Durham, will host its second “Art I Have Loved Sale” featuring more than 200 items from 7 yo 9 p.m. Saturday.
The sale will include framed artwork, posters, artifacts and art books, all during a wine and cheese reception with music by Dick Levin and company.
The event is free and open to the public with proceeds to benefit Judea Reform. Credit cards, cash and checks will be accepted.
Church ABC sale
The Chapel of the Cross Church ABC Sale has been called the ultimate in recycling, a godsend to community organizations and an incredible volunteer bonding experience.
It will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 6, in a new venue: St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 904 Carmichael St., off Fordham Boulevard, U.S. 15-501 Bypass.
Parishioners at both churches will empty their attics, basements and closets to create a paradise for bargain hunters, treasure seekers and those who want their shopping dollars to benefit the community. The location change was because of construction at The Chapel of the Cross, but St. Thomas More embraced the opportunity to raise funds for local and regional outreach ministries.
“We’re pleased to be able to be the host this year,” said the Rev. Scott McCue. “Both of our congregations have a long history of service to the poor and those most in need in our local community. Through this partnership we are able to continue this important work of being the Bod of Christ in the world around us.”
For the first time in the 51-year history, a full one-third of profits will be donated to a single beneficiary: the InterFaith Council for Social Service’s planned Community House Transitional Housing Facility for men. The remainder of the profits will be given to area outreach organizations. In 2012, more than $26,000 was distributed to area groups.
Donations of gently used household items and clothing will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, through Thursday, April 4, at St. Thomas More. Toys, technology and mattresses will not be accepted.
Sale departments include men’s, women’s and children’s clothing and accessories, furniture, linens, a garden shop, books, cook’s corner, bake shop and a treasures room. Parking is plentiful and Chapel Hill Transit’s “U” bus will provide free transportation to Manning Dive, a short walk away.