After a two year hiatus, due to Covid restrictions, praise God we will be once again holding our annual Passover Outreach Seder at the Buck Hotel in Feasterville, Tuesday, April 19th.
When we begain planning for this Passover event we never expected the dramatic events that would take place in the world in the days since. Passover is a feast of the Lord with central themes of "freedom" - of Israel's freedom from slavery in Egypt and freedom from the bondage of sin represented by the Passover lamb.
This year, those themes will be even more on the mind's of many of our attendees who came to America to find religious and personal freedom from the oppression of communist Russia.
Many of our regular attendees, as well as the general Russian speaking Jewish community of Northeast Philadelphia, were former residents of Ukraine. When these Jewish "Refuseniks" were finally granted asylum in America they found themselves in a strange position.
Many have said, "In Russia (Ukraine) we were always reminded that we were JEWISH, but when we came to America eveyone thinks we are RUSSIAN."
In the Soviet Union Jewish people were routinely discriminated against, and suffered great persecution. Now these dear Jewish souls are traumatized once again as they see their Ukrainian homeland attacked and laid waste by Putin's war that has shocked the world and brought terrifying reminders of the holocaust.