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New Canaan Families Gather to Celebrate Passover

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – Jewish residents in New Canaan will celebrate family, food and freedom this weekend with the arrival of Passover.

Chabad of New Canaan will have Passover seders Friday and Saturday evenings, both at 7:30 at 69 Forest St. Chabad Rabbi Levi Mendelow expects about 30 people to attend the seders each night.

As a leader in New Canaan’s Jewish community, Mendelow said he and others are excited to come together to celebrate freedom and community with traditional Passover foods, such as shmurah matzoh, charoset and bitter herbs.

“It’s wonderful to celebrate Passover in New Canaan,” Mendelow said. “The community is coming together, and it’s growing.”

As the holiday commemorates the story of Exodus and the ancient Israelites escape from slavery in Egypt, Mendelow said the holiday is a time for people to celebrate liberation. It is also a time to think of how people can alleviate suffering in the world and focus on how they can grow and experience their own liberation, either physical or psychological.

Those attending the seders are people who are not holding family seders or who want to gather with others to observe the holiday, Mendelow said. Many of the people attending the Saturday seder will have family events Friday night and join with their neighbors the next night.

“For many people, it’s about family. But the truth is as a community, we are a large family,” Mendelow said. “It’s wonderful that some of us will be celebrating as a large community.”

While Chabad of New Canaan asks people to register for the seders at its website, Mendelow said anyone is welcome to attend.

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