Penn State Hillel to offer seven Seder options for Passover

March 21, 2013

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — As March comes to a close, students will gather to tell the story of Passover, or the Jews’ exodus from slavery in Egypt. Passover brings together families, friends and communities to reflect on themes of oppression and liberation through a symbolic meal and storytelling, a Seder. Passover at Penn State tends to draw more than 350 students, a number too large for just one Seder.

Penn State Hillel will offer seven Seder options this year, providing students with a more personalized experience that fits their specific interests as well as their comfort level with religious tradition. 

“The themes of Passover are so universal. I knew we could reach a more diverse population of students,” said Kayla Kahn, engagement coordinator for Penn State Hillel and the staff member behind this year’s Passover initiative. “Because each Seder is student-led, the participants and leaders will both have an engaging and meaningful experience. The preparation leading up to the Seder is ultimately a model for leadership development.”

Penn State Hillel will partner with a number of organizations to offer a variety of themes on Monday, March 25, the first night of Passover. Students and family may choose between an LGBT (Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender) Seder, a Freedom Seder, a Women’s Seder, a Traditional Conservative Seder and a quick liberal Seder. Co-sponsors include the LGBTA Student Resource Center, The Penn State Student Black Caucus, The Presidential Leadership Academy and The Lion Scouts. Students may also choose to hold their own Seder sponsored by Penn State Hillel. Jews in Greek Life, a Hillel organization, will offer a second-night Seder for interested students.

The Seders will take place at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center at 7 p.m. Monday, March 25. Logistics will be coordinated by Penn State’s Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management students and the Penn State Catering Club.

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Last Updated April 27, 2013