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Celebrating Passover In Scarsdale

Matzoh bread is a quickly cooked thin bread that represents the haste with which the ancient Israelites left Egypt.
Matzoh bread is a quickly cooked thin bread that represents the haste with which the ancient Israelites left Egypt. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Westchester Jewish Center

SCARSDALE, N.Y. – Jewish residents around Scarsdale, Eastchester and Bronxville are getting ready to break out the matzoh, Manischewitz and gefilte fish Monday, when Passover begins at sundown.

Passover will last eight days, ending April 2 as Jews celebrate the Exodus of the ancient Israelites from their slavery in Egypt, a story passed down among family and friends by reading from the Haggadah.

The holiday is centered on the theme of redemption. God not only freed the Israelites from their bondage, but also brought them to Mount Sinai to receive the gift of the Torah.

“It’s a holiday that celebrates God's intervention to lead the Israelites from slavery to freedom,” said Rika Levin, director of Marketing at the Jewish Community Center of Mid-Westchester.

During Passover, the list food you cannot eat is extensive. But something you can eat is matzoh, a quickly cooked bread that doesn't rise as dough. It also symbolizes the haste with which the Israelites had to leave Egypt. Jews also eat maror, a bitter herb that symbolizes the bitterness of slavery, and dip green vegetables in saltwater, representing the tears shed by the Israelites during their enslavement.

Westchester Reform Temple will hold a first day service at 10 a.m. Tuesday and a Yizakor, a memorial service, April 1 at 10 a.m.

Scarsdale Synagogue will hold a first-day service at 10 a.m. Tuesday and a Yizkor and seventh-day service Sunday at 8 p.m.

Shaarei Tikvah will also hold a first day service from 9:15 a.m. to noon Tuesday, in addition to a second-day service at the same time Wednesday.

JCC will have programs for kids throughout the week for spring break. The events include

  • Staycation, a mini-camp for early childhood, March 25, 28 and 29. Call Julie Dorfman at 914-472-7095.
  • Gadol Vacation Camp for students in grades 1 to 4. Call Caryn Symons at 914-472-3300 Ext. 336.
  • Sports Extravaganza for children 6 to 10 years old. Call Roy Emlet at 914-472-7103.

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