I want to take a moment to bring to your attention and ask for your support for our community members during the upcoming Jewish High Holiday. Passover starts at sundown on Wednesday, April 5, and ends after nightfall on Thursday, April 13.
The holiday of Passover (Pesach in Hebrew) is perhaps one of the most central to Jewish life and history. Passover celebrates the biblical account of the Israelites’ redemption and escape from 400 years of Egyptian slavery. Holiday rituals include a dramatic retelling of the Exodus story and many unique food traditions connected to a Seder, a ritual meal. It is a time to come together with friends and family to celebrate the great lessons of the story: the blessings of freedom and the reminder that since they were once slaves and were freed, it is their responsibility to work for freedom for all people, everywhere.
The word “Passover” is derived from the Hebrew word Pesach, which means “passed over,” referring to the 10th plague that killed the Egyptian firstborn, but miraculously “passed over” the houses of the Israelites.
Our campus welcomes people from all cultures, faiths, and spiritual backgrounds. For that reason, the Interfaith Prayer Room is available in the Campus Center for all students to use, particularly during this holy month, when Easter, Passover, and Ramadan coincide. The Interfaith Prayer Room is located at the top of the stairs, located nearest to the Dining Hall entrance.
Please consider those around us who may be observing Passover and abstaining from eating chametz, “any food product made from wheat, barley, rye, oats or spelt that has come into contact with water and been allowed to ferment and “rise.”” (Chabad.org), which can be a challenging undertaking.
For Administrators, Faculty, and Staff:
- Encourage use of the Interfaith prayer room
- Offer time and space
- Check- in and offer support
- Provide accommodations where needed