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People of all faiths gather at Seder celebration

April 11, 2017

People gathered Monday evening at the Drury Plaza Hotel for an all-faiths Community Seder hosted by the Albuquerque-based Jewish Federation of New Mexico.

It was the second time the organization held such an event in Santa Fe, welcoming people from all religious and cultural backgrounds to celebrate with those in the Jewish community and learn more about Passover, including the foods served at the Seder — and why those foods are served.

On the menu catered by Eloisa restaurant Monday: brisket, matzo ball soup, gefilte fish, potato kugel and a flourless chocolate almond cake. (Those observing Passover typically do not eat foods with yeast in them.)

“In somewhat divisive times, we want to be a convener,” said Zach Benjamin, director of the federation, ahead of the event. “… Hopefully, everyone walks away with a better understanding of our culture.”

The Community Seder included a reading of the Haggadah, a Passover prayer book, what Benjamin described as “a ritual telling of why we’re here. It’s a celebration of freedom and renewal in the spring.”

Children in the crowd also helped retell the Passover story.