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Chabad of Tallahassee prepares kits for families to celebrate Passover at home

Posted at 7:42 PM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 19:42:59-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Passover is a celebration based around liberation and faith, one the rabbi at Chabad of Tallahassee says must go on, even if its a little different this year.

Quarantined after being exposed, Rabbi Schnaur Oriachman, has been cleared by the Leon County Health Department just in time for Passover.

Now, he and his family, along with a chef, are busy preparing a traditional feast for the people of Tallahassee.

"We start and we begin the celebration with saying, 'Let everyone who wants to come and eat, come and eat and enjoy the Passover Seder,'" said Oriachman.

The religious center usually welcomes around 500 guests each year.

But because of coronavirus, they are preparing hundreds of kits at the temple for people to celebrate at home, complete with a step-by-step instruction booklet.

"This year is going to be a different celebration," Oriachmen said. "People are going to celebrate in their own homes, focusing on themselves, and some think it's an opportunity. In every challenge you have to find an opportunity. This is an opportunity focus on ourselves, focus on our families."

The kits include matzah, or unleavened bread, representing humility, and grape fruit as a substitute for wine.

While some are refusing the service due to safety concerns, Oriachman says he plans to keep the tradition going, making sure that students and people throughout the community who want to celebrate Passover are able to do so from the comfort and safety of their own homes.