Our annual Passover celebration at Beverly Hills Carmel is one of our resident's favorite traditions.
What makes Beverly Hills Carmel's Passover Special?
Passover, also called Pesach, is a Jewish tradition that many people celebrate. Participants celebrate the freedom from slavery that occurred when the Jewish slaves fled Egypt. It's a time for multiple generations to come together and share stories. As a tradition, the story of the first Passover is shared. As one of our traditions, we invite local Jewish School musicians and students to share the table. Our residents love to listen to the traditional music played by a younger generation, who are eager to hear the stories our residents and their families have to share, as part of the Better Together Program.
As is customary, our Passover meal is kosher, which means that all leavened bread is removed from the facility. The symbolism of "searching for chametz" is that of a spiritual cleansing, a humble way of reducing arrogance. "Out with the old and in with the new" is a way to start fresh and make better decisions in the future, much like leaving the Egyptian masters made way for a better life. Yes, it's a lot of work to hunt down every bit of leavened bread but it's worth it, as is the struggle behind every good decision.
Retelling the story of Exodus is an important part of the Seder, and each of the traditional Passover foods helps weave in the stories of rebirth and starting over that the holiday celebrates.
Here at Beverly Hills Carmel, we don't skimp on the Passover celebration. The entire week is packed with traditional activities that make the spirit of Passover "come alive" so that residents and visitors are empowered and encouraged to rid their lives of whatever is enslaving them. Asserting intention over one's life is important and of course, that requires the support of good friends and age-old traditions, like Bubbe's Chicken Soup with Matzo Balls.
Kosher Chicken Soup with Matzo Balls
Ingredients for soup:
1 2 lb. whole chicken, cut up
2 small onions diced
2 stalks celery cut in chunks
3 carrots, cut in chunks
1 bunch fresh dill
1 bay leaf
3 quarts water.
To make: Combine all ingredients in a large pot. Bring to a boil and simmer, partially covered, for at least 5 hours. Skim any foam from the soup surface. Remove the chicken and discard the vegetables. Remove the chicken meat and shred or chop, cover and refrigerate.
Ingredients for Matzo Balls:
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 ½ teaspoons salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1 cup matzo meal
3 quarts water, or as needed
1 teaspoon salt
To make: Mix the oil, eggs, basil, parsley, 1 ½ teaspoons salt, and pepper in a bowl; stir in the matzo meal, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Bring the water to a boil and add 1 teaspoon salt. Using wet hands, gently shape the matzo mixture into 2 inch balls and drop them into the water. Simmer for 20 minutes.
Skim the fat off the chilled chicken broth and place broth in a pot over medium heat. Add the reserved chicken meat. Transfer the cooked matzo balls to the chicken soup and heat to serve.
Call today to schedule your tour of The Beverly Hills Carmel and learn more about our Kosher kitchen and traditional Jewish calendar of celebrations.