HANC High School and its Jewish Poor Committee were privileged to host a Project Ezra Model Seder. This event provided a mock Pesach Seder experience to elderly Jews from the Lower East Side who might not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in or celebrate the holiday.
Organized by Project Ezra, a nonprofit organization that serves the Jewish elderly of the Lower East Side, and HANC Director of Student Life Rabbi Daniel Mezei, and Chairpersons Keren Dayan and Jacob Kohanim, the model seder involved spirited singing, dancing, eating, and celebrating, as the seniors of Project Ezra were joined by HANC students from all grades.
Students read aloud from the Hagaddah, educating and commemorating with the seniors on the basic aspects and practices of the seder, and connected with them through jovial conversation and laughter, taking the opportunity to learn from the seniors themselves on their personal histories and experiences.
The program concluded in high spirits with seniors and students hand in hand, singing and dancing to L’Shanah Habah B’Yerushalayim.