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Volunteering at the Golda Meir House Seder

Posted: March 22, 2013

On Wednesday, the 20th, my husband, Al, and I had the great joy of helping to serve at the Golda Meir House seder.  As a member of the JCHE board, these opportunities come up for me from time to time, but I am seldom able to participate.  

There were over 100 people in the dining room, dressed up for the occasion and reading from a haggadah that is written in English, Chinese and Russian.  Everyone could and did contribute and felt at home with the blessings and readings. The food was outstanding and included handmade gefilte fish, matzoh ball soup, a wonderful dinner of chicken, stuffing, vegetables and cranberry sauce, and the makings for a Hillel sandwich.  A beautiful dessert followed.  
The room was electric and all the servers were needed.  Could use some more men next year as the trays were fairly heavy; one person carried and another served from it.  It is not clear who enjoyed the seder more, the participants or the servers of the 115 plates served to residents.  A joyful and filling meal was had by all, including the helpers.  As I was passing by, one resident said to her table, "We are so fortunate to have a seder like this; not everyone is"  How important a lesson for us all!
Sign me (and Al) up for next year.
Judy Bernstein, Vice Chair, JCHE Board

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