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Isle groups plan Passover observances


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POSTED: Saturday, March 28, 2009

Hawaii Jewish organizations are planning communal celebrations for the annual observance of Passover.

The traditional Seder meal combines ritual foods that memorialize the first Passover 3,000 years ago plus a festive banquet to mark the holiday.

The eight-day observance will begin April 8. It commemorates the story in the Book of Exodus of the Hebrews' liberation from slavery in Egypt and the birth of the Jews as a people.

Events planned by the local organizations include the following:

» Chabad of Hawaii, 735-8161. The Orthodox congregation will sponsor Seders at 6:30 p.m. April 8 and 7:30 p.m. April 9 at the Ala Moana Hotel, 410 Atkinson Drive. Chabad will also offer lunch and dinner meals after 10 a.m. morning services and 6:30 p.m. evening services during the weeklong observance.

Advance reservations are required. Tickets for the Seder are $100 for adults and $70 for children ages 2 though 12. Lunch tickets for visitors are $45 for adults, $35 for children, with reduced prices for kamaaina. Dinner tickets for visitors are $70 for adults, $50 for children, with reduced prices for kamaaina. For information call or visit the Web page http://www.chabadhawaii.com.

» Temple Emanu-El, 595-7521. The Sisterhood of Temple Emanu-El will host its annual Second Night Seder at 5:30 p.m. April 9 at the Hale Koa Hotel Waikiki Ballroom, 2055 Kalia Road. A choice of chicken or vegetarian dinners is available.

April 6 is the deadline for reservations. Tickets for visitors are $75 for adults and $55 for children, with reduced prices for temple members. The price for active military personnel and dependents is $45. For reservations call Alida Rutchick, 428-0092, or write to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Registration forms are also available at www.shaloha.com.