Passover Seder ~ March 2018

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Chattanooga’s Passover Seder, one of the most popular events on our spiritual and culinary calendar, is scheduled for Friday, March 30, at 6:30pm.

At the Passover Seder, we honor one of our Unitarian Universalist sources in typical UU fashion. We celebrate the story of the Exodus, the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, by reading from a modernized Haggadah that reflects UU values. We eat delicious traditional foods, matzo ball soup, gefilte fish, charoset (a mix of apples, wine, nuts and honey), beef brisket, chicken, and scrumptious unleavened desserts. Vegetarians who want to participate will find plenty of options. Kids have a whole lot of fun searching for the hidden afikomen; whoever finds it gets a really big candy bar at the end of the meal. All this plus ceremonial red wine and juice is provided by the church.

Should you bring something? Yes! First and foremost, if you have children please bring them. They have a major role to play in this celebration. We guarantee they’ll have fun. They definitely do not have to sit quietly. Exuberant, spontaneous children add immeasurably to the ambiance of a UU Seder. There are parts for them to read from the Haggadah and don’t forget they may win a really big candy bar. It’s up to the winner to decide whether or not to share it.

We’d also appreciate your bringing a vegetable, salad or potatoes to feed about eight people. We try to stay kosher in spirit so please don’t use or bring any dairy or flour products. This includes bread. Also please try not to use flour, milk, cream, cheese, butter, or any other dairy products in the preparation of your salads and veggies. As stated before, matzo ball soup, gefilte fish, meats, and all desserts will be provided. If you have questions about what to bring, contact the church office or Daidee Springer (

To have enough food and accommodate everyone comfortably, we have to be sure not to exceed our capacity. A sign-up sheet is available in the Fellowship Area. So if you’re planning on coming, please sign up! Donations to defray costs appreciated but not required. Suggested minimum is $3 per adult. $0 per child. Again, we want lots and lots of kids to participate so please bring however many you have or want to invite.