Feb. 27, 2010
Each year at the Passover Seder we say, Next Year in Jerusalem. I was thinking about this tradition recently as I realized my youngest son, Noah, will indeed be in Jerusalem this year for Passover, rather than at home with us.
He left in late January for a semester in Israel at the NFTY-EIE High school, outside of Jerusalem, with a contingent of 70 US students, including two other PTS teens -- Lauren Meier and Mara Hammond.
Thinking of Noah's adventure in Israel also made me start thinking about this year's Passover celebrations here at home. While our family will be having our traditional Seder on the first night of Passover, we are also eagerly anticipating sharing the second night Seder with all of you at the PTS Community Seder.
PTS's Passover Seder is a wonderful experience -- being able to share our Seder traditions together with our clergy, enjoy a wonderful Passover meal and pray for freedom for all as we build closer ties to each other.
For many years, it never occurred to us that the Second Night Community Seder was something we would attend.
That's because the members of our family live nearby and could join together for Passover each year.
In fact, it wasn't until a few years ago, shortly before Rabbi Raiskin's death, that we attended our first PTS Seder. It was a special event: a hotel ballroom filled with PTS family members sharing one of our tradition's most awaited nights! I'll never forget sitting close to Rabbi Raiskin and watching how happy he was at the Seder, despite his failing Keith health.
Sharing this special night together with our community became a new tradition for Michelle and me. This year, I urge you all to join us for the PTS Seder. Our clergy will lead us in a wonderful celebration and if you really want to feel the warmth of the PTS community, please sign up. The Seder will be on Tuesday, March 30, at 6pm in our Social Hall.
In fact, to make it easy, just fill out the reservation form on the adjacent page.
Michelle and I look forward to sharing the evening with you. So, as I find great joy in knowing my son, Noah, will be enjoying his Seder in Jerusalem, I also get tremendous pleasure knowing I will be enjoying the second night Seder at our PTS home in Burlingame!
May the Passover holiday be a wonderful time for you and your family and I hope we will see you on the 30th.