by:  Rabbi Alan Berg

Rabbi Alan Berg of Beit Haverim in Lake Oswego will lead the 13th annual Oregon Area Jewish Committee Intergroup Passover Seder on March 27 at 6 p.m.

This model ceremonial meal is for people of all faiths and backgrounds to enjoy. The event will be held at Mittleman Jewish Community Center, 6651 S.W. Capitol Highway in Portland.

Passover begins at sundown on April 6, and marks the Jews' freedom from Egyptian slavery more than 3,000 years ago.

Berg's readings will be taken from the Hagaddah, the Passover book that takes participants on a journey through the Book of Exodus. Guests will enjoy a seder, which includes a meal with a defined order that is complete with ceremonial foods.

'The seder provides a hands-on approach to learning about a Jewish holiday ritual. By actively participating, people develop a better understanding of a holiday which is quintessentially Jewish and symbolically important for many Christians as well,' said Emily Gottfried, OAJC executive director.

'Passover is a festival of many days and the diet is novel,' said Berg. 'Jews follow biblical commands to refrain from eating grains and leaven, yeast or other substances that encourage baked goods to rise.'

When people ask questions about the Passover foods, Berg said Jews have an opportunity to share a little of their master story.

Admission to the Passover seder is a recommended donation of $15 per person. Scholarships are available. Reservations are recommended and can be made online at or by calling 503-2965-6761.

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