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New Rochelle Prepares for Passover

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Jeremy Fine, rabbinic assistant at Beth El Synagogue Center, explained the meaning of the Passover holiday Thursday afternoon just one day before the first of the holiday's two seders at sundown Friday.

“It’s a time when family and friends come together and share in the reading of the story of the exodus from Egypt,” said Fine as he thought about the passing over of the Israelites from the country.

The second seder will be celebrated Saturday night.

Although the center will not have a community seder, Fine said people will have meals in their own homes.

These will include the consumption of matzo and bitter herbs. The holiday is also a time when stories are told, songs sung and people celebrate the actions of the Israelites.

“It’s probably the one of most importance because of learning and spending time with the family,” he said. “We’re recalling the time when the Israelites left.”

The center will insert special prayers during its sabbath services on Saturday.

Services will be held at 9 a.m. followed by a Torah reading at 10 a.m.

Another service of the eight day holiday is scheduled for Saturday evening at 7 p.m.

Seder plates are available at the center's gift shop for people to purchase for use with their meals.

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