Seders will be held at locations statewide
The Jewish community will begin the observance of Passover on Monday night, an eight-day holiday that celebrates the liberation of the Hebrew people from slavery in Egypt more than 3,000 years ago.
The story from the Book of Exodus will be read at communal Seder meals sponsored by Jewish congregations.
The holiday, called Pesach in Hebrew, celebrates the physical liberation of the Israelites from slavery and also their spiritual freedom as they pulled away from heathen influences.
Chabad of Hawaii will sponsor Seders at 7 p.m. Monday and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Ala Moana Hotel, 410 Atkinson Drive. Reservations still can be made by calling 735-8161. The cost for visitors is $95 for adults and $60 for children, and for kamaaina, $60 for adults and $40 for children.
Chabad will also sponsor neighbor island Seders for the first time. They will be at 7 p.m. Monday and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Aloha Beach Hotel on Kauai and Naniloa Resort Hotel in Hilo. Reservations may be made by calling the Honolulu number, (808) 735-8161.
Temple Emanu-El will sponsor a Seder Tuesday evening at the Hale Koa Hotel. The deadline for reservations is past.