Interfaith Seder Welcomes All to the Table at St. John’s Preparatory School

Each year for the last 16 years, members of the Jewish Student Union have invited students and parents of all faiths to join them in sharing the story of the Jewish people's liberation from slavery in Egypt. Guests gather around tables that are set with traditional Passover plates, complete with shank bone, egg, bitter herbs, vegetable and charoset. The atmosphere is warm and every action rich with symbolism.

 

President of the JSU, David Kobrosky '17, joined Jody Jarvis in introducing the Haggadah, which recounts the story of the Exodus in 14 steps, each one accompanied by prayer, poetry or song. Ms. Jarvis ‘P10, a consultant with Combined Jewish Philanthropies in Boston, has helped to lead the Seder at St. John's for many years. She is now the co-moderator of the JSU along with Ms. Mary Kiley.

 

Guests had a chance to read from the Haggadah with Ms. Jarvis pausing to explain things along the way. Guests learned the meaning of each step in the meal – from the Kiddush (blessing) over the wine (or, in our case, grape juice) at the start of the meal, to the breaking of the matzah, the four questions children ask, and proclaiming "Next year in Jerusalem" at the end.

 

Vibrant and welcoming, the Jewish Student Union at St. John's sponsors a variety of activities throughout the year including a trip to the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC, the Passover Seder, and an annual Hanukkah party. See photos from the event here.

 

 

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