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Celebrate Passover!

Passover celebrates the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt in the second millennium narrated in the Bible (Exod. 1–15). According to the Jewish calendar, the holiday begins on the evening of the fourteenth of Nisan, which falls in late March or early April. Passover is observed for seven days in Israel and eight days elsewhere. On the first one or two evenings of the holiday, Jews are required to recite the Exodus story (Exod. 13:8) at a family feast called the seder and to eat matzo, an unleavened flatbread. They are prohibited from eating foods containing leaven (hametz) during the entire holiday. For more information click here.

Taken from: 
  Katz, Solomon H., and William Woys Weaver. Encyclopedia of Food and Culture. Scribner, 2003.

What is Passover?

Streaming Films/DVDs

The prophet : a Passover celebration

This animated short depicts a family celebration of Passover as seen through the eyes of two little girls. They identify the traditional symbolic dishes and are treated to a special story by their grandfather that brings to life the meaning of this important Jewish holiday.