Passover commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt.

After many decades of slavery to the Egyptian pharaohs, God saw the people’s distress and sent Moses to Pharaoh with a message: “Send forth My people, so that they may serve Me.” But despite numerous warnings, Pharaoh refused to heed God’s command and God sent upon Egypt ten devastating plagues, afflicting them and destroying everything from their livestock to their crops.  The last of the ten plagues was killing the Egyptians firstborn. While doing so, God spared the Children of Israel, “passing over” their homes—hence the name of the holiday. Pharaoh’s resistance was broken, and he virtually chased his former slaves out of the land. The Israelites left in such a hurry that the bread they baked as provisions did not have time to rise.

Passover Seder #1 _ round

Passover this year (5779 or 2019), Passover is celebrated from the evening of April 19 through April 26. We hope you’ll join us for one of our Second Night Seders or other Passover events. Please join us as we celebrate the exodus to freedom together!

Are you looking for a first night seder to join or do you have room to host a seder guest or two? Contact Candace Naliboff, Director of Member Services, 704-749-3068.

Please visit the URJ Passover Page for more information, recipes, family activities and creative ideas for your seder.

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