The Jewish community in southern Maine marked the weeklong Passover commemoration by holding a Seder, a ritual feast, in two locations Tuesday.
Second Night Passover Seder was held at Congregation Bet Ha’am in South Portland and the Minnie Brown Center in Bath, according to announcements posted on the Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine’s website.
Passover commemorates the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and their transition from slavery to freedom. The main ritual of Passover is the Seder, a festive meal that can involve the retelling of the Exodus through stories, songs and the consumption of foods such as matzah (unleavened bread), haroset (a mixture of fruit, nuts, wine and cinnamon), and matzah ball soup.
Passover began on Monday evening, April 10, and will end Tuesday evening, April 18.