Why this year’s Passover is different from all other Passovers

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – After speaking with Adam Greenman of the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island, we learned what sets apart this year’s Passover over all other Passovers.

For those of the Jewish faith who love to gather in large groups for their Seders, the COVID-19 pandemic brings great disappointment.

The Jewish Alliance has asked all families to celebrate this year’s festival with only their household members in an effort to limit the spread of the virus.

With this year’s Passover not being the one everyone had hoped for, members of the Jewish community gain strength and comfort knowing they are helping to save lives.

The Board of Rabbis of Greater Rhode Island stated, “There are no exceptions. Leaving your home or gathering with people from outside your household for the Seders puts lives at needless risk and is therefore forbidden by Jewish law.”

The organization encourages the participation in “virtual Seders” for those who allow the use of electronic communication during the festival.

Rabbi Raphael Kanter of Tifereth Israel Synagogue in New Bedford will be hosting his Seder over Zoom.

“In a normal year, we’d have 15-20 people around the table. This year we’ll have siz,” said Rabii Kanter. “I will be zooming my Seder here in
the house to anyone from the congregation who wants to join us.”

In addition, since this crisis began, the alliance has been working to get people who have been hurt by this crisis, the help and support they need.

Grocery store gift cards have been distributed for those who have been negatively impacted by this crisis, so they are able to get supplies for their Seders.

The Jewish Alliance of Great Rhode Island also works closely with Jewish Collaborative Services of Rhode Island, and together they have delivered meals to seniors and others who should not be going out so they can celebrate this holiday as well.

If you or anyone you speak to are in need of services or support, please contact Jewish Collaborative Services at (401) 331-1244. You don’t need to be Jewish to access these vital resources from JCS and encourage anyone to reach out.

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