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PESACH!

Kearah
Kearah
Seder
Seder
Children found the aphikoman!
Children found the aphikoman!
Pesach Songs
Pesach Songs

  Jewish Community of Petropavlovsk City celebrated Pesach as usual in the cafeteria of the school N 1, in the center of the city. Volunteers came a long before the holiday started and helped to put tables and decorated the hall with balloons and small flags. In the center of every table there was a dish with all food products for Seder: haroset, lettuce, parsley, horseradish, boiled potatoes, a piece of fried chicken, hard-boiled egg, wine and matzoth.

  Mark Vitkin the Chairman of Cultural Center and Svetlana Makarovskaya the Head of Community Center congratulated everybody in Hebrew. After their speech there was candle lightening; each woman lighted two candles. Seder was started when the prayers had been said. This year two young volunteers Ilya Lemeshevsiy and Yefim Zhurbin conducted it because they were prepared enough while being in religious camp. All prayers were said in two languages - Hebrew and Russian.

  Ritual Seder was accompanied with stories about the history of the holiday, extracts from Pesach Agada with all explanations of the meanings of each food product on the table. Everybody had to drink 4 glasses of wine or juice.

  Children were watching with a great interest where and how afikoman was hidden. And then they were looking for it very hard. How happy were they when they finally found it!

  After that vocal group "Shalom" sang a few Pesach songs: "Ma nishtana", "Khad Gadya" and "Dayanu". Children took an active part in the holiday: they asked questions and sang 2 songs. The second part of the holiday was secular; and people sang Jewish songs and danced "Freilekhs". The members of the Youth Club prepared the Quiz about the history and procedure of the holiday. As always all connoisseurs got their prizes. People danced and sang songs till the late night.

  Everybody enjoyed the holiday. It was really great!

Svetlana Makarovskaya

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