Friday, March 27, 2009

Chag Suhmayuch!

Happy Holidays!

Dear Postcards from New York Reader:

The stories have been re-read for centuries—no millenniums, on the first night of Pesach (Passing Over) the Exodus story will again be retold around the dinner table of countless families gathered for a meal filled with symbolism, the Seder. It is the focal point of the Passover celebration.

To better appreciate the Holiday, this past Sunday was spent with a Chassidic community in Crown Heights, Brooklyn; I had the privilege to visit a Chassidic synagogue, to see how matzah (unleavened bread) for Passover is made in wood/coal burning ovens, (in 18 minutes, would you believe) with a rabbi overseeing the process, and go behind the scenes inside a Mikvah. A very special day I look forward to sharing with you in an upcoming Postcard.

Hundreds of thousands of Jewish families around the world will gather tomorrow after sunset for the first night of the eight day observance for a ritual Seder. They will listen attentively to the story of the Israelites escape from slavery in Egypt as it is read from the Haggadah. It is a story of hardship, privation, courage and perseverance.

Now, say you are on vacation or visiting New York, perhaps you recently moved here and have no family, or no family nearby. What to do?

Three suggestions where you can celebrate Pesach in a community setting:
  • Chef Floyd Cardoz combines Indian flavors and spices to create a unique Sedar experience at Tabla Thursday evening, April 9th from 6 to 10PM.

  • The three Caposouto brothers at Caposouto Freres offer a French inspired Seder both Wednesday and Thursday evenings, April 8th and 9th at 6:30 PM.

  • Manhattan Jewish Experience will host a traditional Seder with explantions at the Jewish Center both Wednesday and Thursday evenings, April 8th and 9th from 7:30 to 12 AM.

Availability is limited so call immediately to book reservations.

Chag Suhmayuch!

Jacqueline Cable


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Addresses and Directions to Remember:

Tabla, 111 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010, 212-889-0667, www. Directions: From Times Square MTA N, R, W to 23rd St., walk east to Madison Avenue.

Caposouto Freres, 451 Washington St., New York, NY 10013, 212-966-4900, Directions: From Times Square MTA 1, A, C, E to Canal Street, walk west on Canal, pass Hudson Street, walk west on Watts St., walk 10 blocks to Washington St.

The Jewish Center, Manhattan Jewish Experience, 131 W. 86th St., New York, NY 10024, Directions: From Times Square MTA 1 to 86th St.

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