Pesach, or Passover, is an eight-day holiday during which the Jewish people remember and celebrate the exodus of their ancestors from slavery in Egypt. Passover is the most commonly observed Jewish holiday, even by non-observant Jews. According to a 2001 National Jewish Population Survey (NJPS), 67 percent of Jews attend or host a Pesach seder, even though only 46 percent belong to a synagogue.
Keeping Kosher and Searching for Chametz
Here at Beverly Hills Carmel, we celebrate all eight days of Passover in traditional, kosher style. Before the festival begins, we do the traditional cleaning to ensure that no “chametz,” or leaven bread, is in the kitchen. This commemorates the haste of the Jews fleeing from Egypt, as well as symbolizing a removal of “puffiness,” or arrogance and pride, from our souls. Our kitchen staff takes the cleaning very seriously, right up to the formal search of the facility for chametz the morning before the seder.
Passing-On Passover Traditions
On the Wednesday night before Passover this year, Beverly Hills Carmel will have Klezmer music for your enjoyment, and both the Shalhevet High School and Mamoindes Academy will be dropping by to visit with our residents. The students are a part of our Shalhevet “Better Together” Inter-Generational Program, which puts together a mini-Passover celebration earlier in the week to celebrate with residents in the program.
If you’d like to sign up to be a part of the “Better Together” program, you’ll get a chance to spend time with, and invest your wisdom in, the youths of the area. You’ll have a chance to pass on the traditions you had growing up and talk about what Passover means to you.
The Seder Schedule
During the first night of Passover, many Beverly Hills Carmel residents go out with their families to celebrate, but we welcome you and your family to join us here as well. We will offer the seder dinners on April 22 and 23 in the North Dining Room. Our dining room linens and dishes will all be changed for Passover. Join us with Rabbi Ira as we retell the story of the Exodus from Egypt, read and sing from the Haggadah, and enjoy the traditional Passover meal.
Early lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. on both days. The Haggadah will be read at 4:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 5 p.m. To help guide us through the festivities, we have a specially made Haggadah that was put together by our own residents.
Other Passover Activities
We will be showing Passover-themed movies during the eight days of Passover, as well as the Wednesday evening before, such as “The Ten Commandments” and “The Prince of Egypt.” We also offer educational and community building activities centered around Passover, its meaning, and why we celebrate.
For those who enjoy history, or who would like to learn more about Passover, we are putting on a lecture about the history and meaning of Passover, which you can attend throughout the week.
Celebrate Passover at Beverly Hills Carmel
At Beverly Hills Carmel, Passover is a cherished tradition, and we offer traditional, kosher foods and social activities to help you celebrate it exactly as you want to. If you’re looking for a retirement community that allows you to stay close to your roots while living in luxurious comfort, Beverly Hills Carmel may be your next home. Contact us to schedule a tour with your family!