|With our amazing hosts|
|One of the family doggies — just a love!|
The evening exceeded all expectations. Yes, four hours is about twice the length of our own seder, including the time it takes us to eat. But this experience was so much fun, complete with wonderful table decorations: frogs (everywhere), masks, sunglasses and a variety of the traditional Haggadah — the prayer booked used for this occasion. Since I was not able to be with my own sisters, I was happy that Adele’s were there plus her beautiful mom with whom our daughter Hannah shares the same name (and spelling). This was among the many reasons to feel at home. We were warmly welcomed into this very lively group of 22 and host Raymond did a phenomenal job of leading the seder. If I could import him one time to LA, it would be an honor. Neither the hubby nor I read or speak Hebrew, but we were able to follow along and participate quite well. I especially appreciated their allowing me to take photos to be able to remember it all.
|Traditional chicken soup with matzoh balls; flattened and fried matzoh balls (above); dinner is served at left, including chicken, brisket, potatoes and atypical (for our home) — roasted pumpkin and the meat at front is tongue.|
Our takeaway can simply be put this way: it is a remarkable thing to be so very far away from home and yet feel a kinship and common thread by virtue of traditions observed and passed along through the generations. Thank you to the Klitzners from the bottom of our respective hearts for sharing their home, friends and family with a couple of wandering Jews.