Rabbi Chesky Tenenbaum, director of the Jewish Uniformed Service Association of Maryland (Chabad), will be hosting a seder specifically for members of law enforcement and the military on the first night of Passover.
He came up with the idea for the new event when a Jewish police officer stated that he didn’t know where he was going for a seder.
“I decided there was a need, and even before I sent out official notification, I had a few reservations come in,” said Tenenbaum. “It was really important, especially when it is a holiday celebrating the freedom to practice our Judaism. It has a very close ties to law enforcement because they help us to uphold our religious freedom; they are there to protect us.”
The seder will be free to law enforcement and military members. Other community members can sponsor someone to attend for $45 per person. This is the first time the event will be hosted.
“People should attend because they will be able to celebrate [Passover] around other men and women in uniform and make a community [atmosphere],” said Tenenbaum. “I’m trying to get as many people as possible to participate in the holiday.”
Community members can RSVP or sponsor someone to attend the seder at jewishusamd.org/seder.