Temple Emanuel Won't Let COVID Put The Kibosh on Passover

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Lauren Antonoff
This year, Passover is carryout only.
On Passover, the Jewish community commemorates the Israelites' liberation and exodus from slavery in Egypt. This eight-day observance uses a feasting tradition to re-enact the ten plagues that befell the Egyptian nation before the Pharoah freed the Israelites, as well as the Israelites' swift departure into the desert. For many, Passover is as much about family and tradition as it is about religious practice. But the coronavirus pandemic has made it tough for families to be together for this annual springtime celebration.

To bring Passover to as many congregants as possible in a safe way, Temple Emanuel, the largest and oldest synagogue in the Rocky Mountain region, decided to provide Passover seder meals to-go. Over the course of April 7 and 8, around 400 Passover meals were prepared and distributed by the synagogue. Some took these meals home to enjoy with their own seder service. Others will join the congregation online for a live-streaming seder. Throughout the week, the temple will also be offering other Passover programming, including a queer seder on April 13. Here are scenes from Temple Emanuel's seder giveaway.