Orange, Calif. (Vocus/PRWEB) March 07, 2011
Over 300 Orange County Catholic and Jewish faithful will join together in celebration of Passover at Temple Beth Sholom in Santa Ana, March 22 at 6:00 p.m. The Most Rev. Cirilo Flores, auxiliary Bishop of Orange, will participate in the annual event with Rabi Heidi M. Cohen of Temple Beth Sholom. This traditional Jewish meal commemorates the oppression suffered under the Egyptians in biblical times and is sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League of Orange County and the Office for Hispanic Ministries of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange.
The first joint Seder with Hispanic Catholics was organized in 1999 by former Auxiliary Bishop Jaime Soto and Shelton J. Donnell, rabbi emeritus of Temple Beth Sholom. Initially this event was held at the administrative offices of the Diocese of Orange and later moved to Temple Beth Sholom. This annual banquet allows Hispanic Catholics and Jews to celebrate their similarities and respect their differences. During the Seder meal, participants will eat foods symbolizing various aspects of the Jewish experience of slavery in Egypt.
The Diocese of Orange continues its close relationship with the Jewish community and Temple Beth Sholom. “Our Diocese is blessed to have such committed partners in our quest to promote interreligious dialogue and esteem. I was pleased to bestow the Benemerenti Medal upon the former rabbi of Temple Beth Sholom several years ago. This papal honor was given to Rabbi Donnell by Pope John Paul II for advancing Catholic/Jewish relations in Orange County,” said The Most Rev. Tod D. Brown, Bishop of Orange.
Passover is celebrated with the Seder on the 15th day of the Jewish month of Nissan. During the Seder, participants eat foods symbolizing various aspects of the Jewish experience of slavery in Egypt. The annual dinner also seeks to relate this momentous historical event to the contemporary experience of Jewish Americans. Passover, which in Hebrew is Pesach, symbolized to pass through, to pass over, to exempt or to spare. It refers to the fact that God "passed over" the houses of the Jews when he was slaying the firstborn of Egypt as described in Exodus, Ch. 1-15.
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