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300 Christians Attend Model Seder in Jewish Center in Brooklyn

March 27, 1967
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About 300 Christians learned about Passover at a model seder held at the Jewish Center in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn. Five Christian congregations — Catholic, Episcopalian, Lutheran and Creek Orthodox — had been invited by Rabbi Norman Siegel, to participate in a shortened version of the Haggadah and to partake of traditional Passover foods and wines, as an illustration of what Passover means to Jews.

Some of the Christians, whose churches are in the neighborhood of the Jewish Center, said this was the first time they had ever understood the similarity between the seder and Jesus’ Last Supper. After they had joined in reciting the Haggadah and in tasting the Passover foods, many of the Christians joined in the singing of Chad Gadya. They told the Jewish observers present that the occasion had marked their first real contact with the Jewish community.

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