JTS Scholar to Lead Community Seders

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950
Email: nijacobson@jtsa.edu

March 1, 2007, New York, NY

Members of the community seeking a meaningful and engaging Passover seder are invited to join the Ohel Ayalah community.

Founded in 2004 by Rabbi Judith Hauptman, E. Billi Ivry Professor of Talmud and Rabbinic Culture at The Jewish Theological Seminary, Ohel Ayalah reaches out to people, especially those in their twenties and thirties, who are not already connected to the Jewish community or its institutions,

The seders will be led by Rabbi Hauptman and Ben Rosner, a cantorial student at JTS. Participants will delve into a new Haggadah that combines traditional texts with stimulating activities, contemporary musings, and traditional songs. The Haggadah, which was prepared specifically for the Ohel Ayalah community by David Arnow, author of Creating Lively Seders, includes the Hebrew text, English translation, and transliteration. Participants are invited to bring questions they would like discussed during the course of the evening.

The first seder, which is open to the community at large, will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, April 2. The second seder, for individuals in their twenties and thirties, will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3. Both seders will take place in the Great Hall of the First Presbyterian Church, Fifth Avenue at West 12th Street, in New York City. Cost is $32 per person and includes dinner and the Haggadah. A photo ID and reservations are required. Reservations open on March 8 for the first night seder and on March 20 for the second seder.

For further information, or to RSVP, contact Rabbi Hauptman through the Ohel Ayalah website at http://www.ohelayalah.org

Editors/Reporters: To schedule an interview with Rabbi Hauptman, please contact Sherry S. Kirschenbaum in the JTS Department of Communications at (212) 678-8953 or email.

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