Obamas plan White House seder


WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Obama family is hosting a seder in the White House.

The seder, launched during the 2008 campaign when candidate Barack Obama joined three Jewish staffers mounting an improvised seder while on the road, has become a private affair, with a focus on black-Jewish relations.

The only announcement this year was on Obama’s schedule: On  Monday evening, it said, "the President and the First Lady will mark the beginning of Passover with a Seder at the White House with friends and staff."

According to reports, African-American and Jewish staffers are invited to participate, contribute recipes and read through the Haggadah.

Obama’s 2009 seder is believed to be the first conducted in the White House.

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