Passover events begin tonight in ETX
POSTED: Friday, April 6, 2012 - 4:55pm
UPDATED: Sunday, April 8, 2012 - 9:29pm
Today, Christians observe Good Friday.
But for Jewish people, Friday night marks the beginning of Passover.
Passover is a seven or eight day holiday depending on the community in which you live.
It's a Jewish celebration remembering the Israelites freedom from slavery in Egypt, and local temples around the world and in east Texas will spend the next week retelling that story.
Rabbi Neal Katz of Congregation Beth El in Tyler is preparing for the beginning of Passover events.
Friday evening, a group of about 70 people from the congregation will have what is called a seder.
The seder is a traditional meal that helps tell the story of Passover through blessings, symbolic foods and readings from a book called the Haggadduh.
Monday, the congregation will host a second seder, which is open to the public and welcomes all faiths.
Throughout the week, Jewish people refrain from eating any leavened bread, which is said to come from the biblical account that the Jews left Egypt in such a hurry, they didn't have time to allow bread to rise.