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Celebrating Passover during stay-at-home order

Temple Emanuel hands out curbside meals, delivers food to high-risk community members.

DENVER — Though they can't be together at Temple Emanuel, Sarah Brown believes they can be there in spirit for the Jewish holiday.

"Today, we are filling orders for Passover meals our members have ordered," Brown said. "We usually do a community Seder here at Temple with 400 people."

Brown is the director of adult engagement at Temple Emanuel, a synagogue located near First Avenue and Holly Street in Denver. The congregation is also delivering food to members with high risk to COVID-19.

"A Passover meal goes a long way, especially for those people who are really isolated," Brown said.

Senior Rabbi Joseph Black said this is the time for faith communities to coalesce.

"Passover is the festival that is probably more celebrated more than any other by Jews around the world," Black said. "Synagogues, churches, mosques are reaching out to everyone that they can to make sure they are not alone."

Black said making sure people can honor annual traditions is important. Temple Emanuel is hosting a Virtual Community Seder Wednesday night. More information can be found here.

"To be comforted by words and music and rituals that they've been a part of their lives, for their entire lives is a way of bringing a sense of solace, a sense of comfort, a sense of continuity, and a sense of belonging," Black said.

Brown said the Passover celebration could be something that the community needs right now.

"It is important for people who need a Passover Seder or need to feel a part of the community at this time," Brown said. "We're able to provide that for them."

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