Of the many Jewish holidays, Passover, or Pesachin Hebrew, is among the most commonly observed. This festival of freedom commemorates the Israelites’ Exodus from Egypt after an era of slavery. Passover, which begins on the 15th day of the Jewish month of Nissan, lasts eight days. It is observed by avoiding all leavened grain products and retelling the story of the Exodus during a seder, the Jewish ritual feast, on the first and second nights of the holiday.
Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center, under the leadership of Chairman of the Board William Landa, President Laurence Herrup, Rabbi Jonathan Berkun, Cantor David Muchnick, and Executive Vice President, Dr. Amir Baron, will be hosting seders for the community for the first two nights of Passover, as well as services throughout the holiday.
The two annual seders will welcome over 250 members of the community to ATJC on Monday, April 18th and Tuesday, April 19th at 6 p.m. The festive evenings will include engaging, participatory, musical seders led by Rabbi Jonathan Berkun and Cantor David Muchnick, a fully-catered dinner including matzo ball soup and delicious Passover favorites, a CD of Passover music, a children’s play area, child-friendly meal options, and toys and treats for adults and children.
Rabbi Jonathan Berkun encourages the community to attend, saying, “Everyone should experience our Passover seder at Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center. It is an engaging way to learn about the history of the Jewish people and pay tribute to the plight of our ancestors in the company of good friends and family.”
ATJC is also participating in a food collection for Jewish Community Services Community Kosher Food Bank through April 8th. Items marked “kosher for Passover” can be dropped off at ATJC to help those in the North Miami community prepare for Passover: canned fruit, canned vegetables, grape juice, mayonnaise, tuna, peanut butter, jam, oil and gefilte fish.
The 8:30 a.m. Passover services will take place on April 18th, April 19th, April 20th, April 21st, April 25th and April 26th. Seder prices: ATJC Members – $90/person/ night or $165/person for both nights. $35/child under age 13 per night. Non-members: $100/person/night or $185/person for both nights. $38/child under age 13 per night. Complimentary valet parking will be available. Advanced registration required for the seders.