Passover Seder hopes to light up Beth El


Congregation Beth El and Congregation Beth Am will hold a Second Night Passover Seder on Sunday, April 24, immediately following the 6:15 p.m. service. It will be a traditional Seder led by Beth El’s Senior Rabbi, Philip Graubart and Assistant Rabbi, Avi Libman.

Libman explained that the Seder is traditionally overseen by a leader, who will make readings and lead interaction with the congregation.

“(‘Seder’) Means ‘order,’ ” said Libman, “because it is a scripted re-telling of the story of the Exodus.”

Libman said the script will include teachings from the Torah, teachings by Rabbis and various songs and writings from throughout the centuries that enhance the meaning of the holiday and invoke questions from the congregation.

“It’s also a holiday geared towards kids,” said Libman, “so it’s trying to include children in the service so that it will engage them to ask questions and they too will feel that they are a part of the Exodus.”

The service will include a sumptuous Kosher L'Pesach meal catered by Shmoozers.

Libman said the food that is included in the roughly three-hour-long service is specifically geared towards evoking memories and raising questions from the congregants, especially children.

“Matzah is very different than bread,” he said, “so hopefully kids will ask ‘So why are we eating Matzah?’ Then you have the chance to tell them the story. There are also different symbols of bitter herbs.”

Activities for children and childcare will be available.

Share Pesah with your family and friends at Beth El. The Seder is open to the public.

Costs for Beth El and Beth Am members are $39 for adults and $23 for youth (5-12). For non-members, prices are $45 for adults and $29 for youth (5-12). Children under 5 are free.

Paid reservations are required by Thursday, April 18. For additional information and to make reservations, call the Beth El office at (858) 452-1734 or go to and print a reservation form.

Congregation Beth El is located at 8660 Gilman Drive, La Jolla.