A Secular-Cultural Pre-Passover Seder in Midtown West
Although many of us celebrate Passover at home with our families on the first night of the holiday, we also hold a community non-theistic Passover seder on a convenient day during Passover week or the week preceding. Our text is The Liberated Haggadah: A Passover Celebration for Cultural, Secular, and Humanistic Jews, written by Rabbi Peter Schweitzer. Historically accurate, it celebrates our forebears, ancient and modern, who made the trip to freedom. Rabbi Schweitzer leads the services with everybody participating. Details and registration.
Rabbi Schweitzer’s Journey
Rabbi Schweitzer grew up in Scarsdale, New York, attended Oberlin College, and was ordained in the Reform movement in 1979 from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He served a congregation in Indianapolis for several years but left the rabbinate after he began to have doubts about the message he was espousing. He returned to New York City where he found a new career as a clinical social worker for the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services. In 1992, Rabbi Schweitzer joined the young City Congregation as a member and took on the role of volunteer rabbi. He was officially hired for the position in 2005.