Religious Studies Students Participate in Second Night Seder

| April 2, 2013

Webster Unviersity students enjoyed participating in a Second Night Passover Seder with the Congregation of B’nai Amoona.

Members of the Webster University community took part in a Passover Seder on Tuesday, March 26, at the Congregation of B’nai Amoona. Webster’s Religious Studies department worked with B’nai Amoona to help sponsor the event, which was organized by visiting professor Vanessa Avery.

The idea came about when Avery mentioned to a class that she’d participated in a communal Seder service in a previous teaching position. Her students expressed an interest in being a part of a similar service here, and a student helped get in touch with Rabbi Carnie Shalom Rose from B’nai Amoona.

A Passover Seder is a feast marking the beginning of the Jewish holiday of Passover. The Seder is a ritual performed by a community or multiple generations of a family, involving a retelling of the story of the liberation of the Israelites from slavery.

Passover began in the evening of Monday, March 25, and traditionally, a Passover Seder service is held as a part of the first night of the celebration, although at times a “second night Seder” is held on the second day.

More than 200 people participated in the Second Night Seder and a dozen members of the Webster University community took part in the event.

“Everyone who came was surprised by how much fun they had,” said Avery. “The wit and humor of the Rabbi helped make the service very entertaining, and throughout the evening the focus was on freedom and the joy of being free — very appropriately throughout the night, the suffering was left behind.”

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