Marking Passover during pandemic shows Jewish community’s resilience: Winnipeg rabbi

With Passover, one of the most important holidays for members of the Jewish faith, beginning Wednesday night — smack-dab in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic — a Winnipeg rabbi says he’s still taking an optimistic approach.

“In many ways, this is not the ideal situation to celebrate this kind of holiday,” Rabbi Kilel Rose said.

“For Jews everywhere around the world, Passover is really one of those central moments where families and friends gather together.

“As I keep saying to my congregation, the whole idea of not being physically together is so antithetical to Judaism… and any set of religious belief systems.”

Rose’s North End faith community, Congregation Etz Chayim, will be recognizing the holiday from home, and connecting online in lieu of traditional services and community events.

“We’ll be doing all sorts of wonderful and interesting rituals together and people will be joining us on YouTube live and the telephone for people who are not as comfortable with the computer technology,” he said.

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