Secular Jerusalemites pick up tips at seder workshop

With a week to go before Passover seder night, some people are not making do with spring cleaning and gift shopping. Late last week, around 40 secular Jerusalemites gathered at the Beit Avi Chai cultural center in the capital for a workshop on the seder.

Passover has become a burdensome holiday for Israelis, the workshop’s leader, Prof. Avigdor Shinan, told the group. “The time has come to bring back the spirit of freedom,” said Shinan, a Bible expert at Hebrew University.

Shinan discovered early in the workshop that, although he had geared his presentation to first-time hosts of the Passover seder, most of the participants were veteran leaders of the traditional meal in their 60s or older. They were simply there to learn a few new tricks of the trade.


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