Passover Seder 2019


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, April 19, 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 and chicken. Vegetarians who 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.  

The major update to the announcement in last week’s Nuusletter is that the “committee” will not be providing unleavened desserts this year. So we need people willing to experiment with unleavened desserts to step up. Unleavened desserts do not contain flour or dairy. If you’d like to experiment, you can talk to Lee Adler for tips or simply pick up a “Kosher for Passover” mix at your favorite grocery.

An additional update is that nursery care for wee ones can be provided upon request. Children 3 and above should be participating in and enjoying the Seder.

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. DRE Iris DeLaPaz agrees. She’s declared the night of the Seder “Family Fun Night” for April. Children 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, potatoes or an unleavened dessert (see above) 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 and desserts. Remember, chicken and beef brisket, matzo ball soup, gefilte fish, and charoset will be provided.  To have enough food and be able to accommodate everyone comfortably, we have to be sure not to exceed our capacity. A sign-up sheet is now available in the Fellowship Area. So if you’re planning on coming, please sign up! Monetary donations to defray costs appreciated but not required.