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Passover Brings Families Together in Wilton

WILTON, Conn. – Holidays are all about family traditions. For many, Passover means an opportunity to be with family, and Wilton and Norwalk families feel the same way.

Wilton resident Heather Borden Herve said she loves the yearly rituals of the Jewish holiday. “It’s my favorite holiday,” Herve said.

Passover is Michele Bennett’s favorite holiday as well because her family comes together for one of the most important Jewish holidays.

Bennett explained that the story of Passover — the exodus, plagues and escape from slavery – can be told in a less scary way to children, by engaging them with food and traditions at the holiday feast, or seder.

“We make it fun, because it’s a long dinner ceremony. I remember when I was a kid we had to sit through the whole thing,” Bennett said. But now she makes it shorter while still maintaining the core traditions. “I think the seder really caters to the children. It really involves them,” by having them interact with the storytelling and the meal.

And this year, the first day of Passover coincides with Good Friday. Rabbi Ron Fish of Congregation Beth El in Norwalk said Passover and Easter frequently coincide. “Easter is in essence the Christian recasting of the Passover story,” he said.

For the Bennett family, this weekend is a time for family because they have an interfaith household. Her husband was raised Catholic, and on Easter Sunday, they all usually go to his parents’ house to celebrate the Christian holiday.

“We have the egg hunt and the traditional meal,” Bennett said, although this year they are going to her brother’s house, which is also an interfaith home. She said raising her children with two faiths is important so they know they can make choices for themselves.

Passover is all about the family, Fish said, and the centerpiece, as with all major holidays, is the food.

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