Passover is a Jewish event, celebrating the liberation of the ancient Hebrews from slavery 3,500 years ago. After serving their Egyptian slave masters for over 200 years, Moses led them to the Promised Land. Every year, the Jewish people celebrate this momentous occasion with traditions following the mitzvoth (commandments), including eating matzah (matzo), chametz (unleavened bread) and maror (bitter herbs) at the Passover seder. The story of the liberation is faithfully retold to children at this time.
Most Jewish communities in the greater Las Vegas area celebrate Passover with the seder (a type of Passover feast), inviting members of their communities and outsiders to share in the festivities. This is the main way that families celebrate Passover, or Pesach, in Las Vegas, and the method by which many children learn to carry on the traditions.
Mama Doni Passover Palooza Concert
Temple Beth Sholom
10700 Havenwood Lane
Las Vegas, NV 89135
Date: March 24
Sponsored by the Jewish Community Center of Southern Nevada, this concert celebrates Jewish culture with all sorts of musical genres: reggae, rock, pop and disco. This popular show mixes classic and favorite Mama Doni songs that will have all generations dancing and singing. It is suitable for everyone and all are welcome.
Temple Bet Emet Passover Seder
10575 Siena Monte Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89135
Date: March 25
You are invited to join Lola Rivera and the Bet Emet Temple family in celebrating the Passover seder. A full dinner with a choice of beef brisket or roasted chicken will be served, complete with all the traditional courses. Early registration is urged, with checks to be mailed to P.O. Box 371325, Las Vegas, NV 89137. Reservations will not be accepted without payment, and must be made by March 1st. This event regularly sells out early. All are welcome.
Passover Seder at Temple Sinai of Las Vegas
9001 Hillpointe Road
Las Vegas, NV 89134
Dates: March 25 and 26
Rabbi Cohen and Cantor Gindlin will lead the enjoyable and meaningful Pesach Seder as they welcome members and guests to their Temple. This will be a catered meal and will be open to all ages. Babysitting will also be provided.
Chabad’s Community Seders
1261 Arville St.
Las Vegas, NV 89102
Dates: April 6 and 7
Seders: Chabad Central (702) 259-0770
Green Valley (702) 617-0770
UNLV (702) 645-1656
Summerlin (702) 855-0770
Hebrew Center (702) 271-8025
Chabad of Southern Nevada offers you several different opportunities to celebrate the traditional Passover seder with new meaning and insight. The organization invites you to feel the heat of the sun on your neck as you join Moses on his exodus from Egypt. Taste the matzos and bitter herbs as the Hebrews did and feel the spirit of redemption. All are welcome but space is limited. The website also offers children’s and educational pages about Passover.
Sharon Damon is a preschool specialist, avid reader, passionate writer and creative baker/ cook. She has been a cooking instructor at a local Rec Center in Henderson, NV since 2011, and has written for Examiner and other publications since 2010. She knows her way around the keyboard and the kitchen! Sharon moved from a small city in Canada to Las Vegas 6 years ago, to marry the love of her life, and has since been swept up in the whirlwind known as Sin City. Her work can be found at Examiner.com..