Jewish families across Connecticut celebrate beginning of Passover

Many families spent Wednesday preparing for Seder, a traditional feast that takes place on the first and second night of Passover.

News 12 Staff

Apr 5, 2023, 11:50 PM

Updated 418 days ago

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Passover began Tuesday night for people of the Jewish faith and will continue for the next seven days.
The holiday is an eight-day celebration to commemorate the liberation of when the Jewish people left Egypt.
Many families spent Wednesday preparing for Seder, a traditional feast that takes place on the first and second night of Passover.
The Shemtov family, who are the co-directors of the Chabad of Stamford, opened their home to a full table feast.
As preparations were in full force in the Shemtov's home, Stamford Mayor Caroline Simmons also stopped by to present the family with a proclamation for the work they do within the community.
The Shemtovs also made it a priority to host at their home, as opposed to at the Chabad of Stamford.
"It's not about going to the synagogue, it's about being with family, it's about being with friends and even people that may not have been in synagogue in many, many years still make a point of celebrating Passover," said Leah Shemtov, co-director of Chabad of Stamford.
The family says this time is for healing and faith, especially amid the rise of antisemitism in the state and across the nation.
"As human beings, we all have to stand up for what's correct and what's right and we have to know that the answer to this is not to be afraid, the answer to this is not to hide away, the answer to this is not to say you know what let's not be in their faces, nobody's doing anything wrong, we're doing something right," said Leah Shemtov.


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