WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - Westchester Jewish Community Serivces sponsored two seders for more than 300 guests with developmental and physical challenges, many of whom live in group homes where Jewish traditions aren't part of their daily life.
The seders were held at Beth El Synagouge in New Rochelle earlier this month and drew about 150 guests and 75 volunteers, and Temple Shaaray Tefila in Bedford Corners March 20, which drew about 160 guests and 75 volunteers.
“The guests and the volunteers all had a wonderful time," Gail Oliver, WJCS Havorah coordinator, said. "They had the opportunity to sing the songs they love, dance, eat traditional foods and share the experience with their friends and caregivers."
The WJCS Havorah program, which helps those with developmental disabilities experience Jewish life, has hosted these special seders for 26 years.
"The seders and the other Havorah programs provide the opportunity for Jewish persons with special needs to rejoice in their Judaism and be part of the greater Jewish community,” Oliver said.
Both seders included a musician from the Westchester Klezmer Program, who played a variety of Klezmer melodies and holiday tunes.
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