First Night of Passover with Grad/Young Professionals Network | Penn Hillel | 15 April 2022

On Friday night, I attended my first Passover Seder in person. For those of you who are my Facebook friend, you’ve seen the photos. I’m going to post some photos here as well. I’m so glad everyone was okay with me taking photos and were happy that I was taking photos.

I wish Tommy attended with me, but I know large groups aren’t his thing. There were quite a few interfaith couples there, and I had fun chatting with them. I also chatted with a few young gals, and it felt great meeting new people. I switched Facebook and Instagram usernames with the ones I have selfies with.

I recorded when we sang Daiyanhu. I didn’t take video of the Seder guests, unless I took the photos. I wanted the recording only.

Elana and Keir are one of the interfaith couples I met. Keir is the non-Jewish one and I asked him, “so, what do you think? I’ll be doing this with my boyfriend next week and he’s never done this before.”

“It’s really cool. I like it and can’t wait to do this again. Elana will be experiencing Easter on Sunday.”

Elana and Keir. Then the two gals were an interfaith couple too.

Elana is going to do like I normally do (my parents went to Florida this year and Tommy didn’t invite me over), she will bring her Seder plate to the celebration (which I was going to do if Tommy was having anything – they’re going to his grandparents’ house and his mom thinks it’s too early in the relationship for me to go). I do that with my family. Elana and I both laughed.

Selfies with Elana and Keir, Yael and Allie, and Matt:

Mallory, who runs the Grad and Young Professionals Network, compiled an interfaith Haggadah. She let me take one, which I will use with Tommy. I’m also grateful that Mallory let me sign up so last minute. I’m so glad I met her and I’m so glad I’m always included in events. It was just wonderful meeting new people on Friday night. Elana and Yael both added me to Facebook. I’m waiting for Matt and Keir to add me back. Hopefully new friendships will bloom!

Today is not only day #3 of Passover and Easter, but today is also Ramadan and Ramadan runs this whole month. April is full of holidays – Ridvan (Bahai Faith), Mahavir Jayanthi (Hindus), Vaisakhi (Sikhs), Theravada (Buddhists), and Gathering of Nations (Indigenous People). Regardless of what you celebrate, I hope you had (and have) a wonderful holiday filled with peace and love.

Happy Passover!

Happy Easter!

رمضان مبارك

Happy Ridvan!

Happy Vaisakhi!

Happy Theravada!

Happy Mahavir Jayanthi!

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One thought on “First Night of Passover with Grad/Young Professionals Network | Penn Hillel | 15 April 2022”

  1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

    Happy Passover, dear friend! That’s right, this was indeed your first Passover Seder in person, because you attended by Zoom sessions previously due to the pandemic lockdown. It does my heart good to look at these pictures of smiling faces and friendly, welcoming people. They made you feel right at home. Surely, as you stated, new friendships are now taking root. They are indeed wonderful people. I enjoyed listening to the Dayenu, the Passover song of gratitude that is more than 1,000 years old. I was also happy to see a prayer for the plight of the Ukrainians. I hope at some point Tommy will join you in these Jewish celebrations and observances.

    Have a wonderful week ahead, dear friend JM, and please help me remember Margaret Schneider at Shady’s Place beginning tomorrow. Thank you!


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