Hosting friends during Passover? Here’s what you need to know.

Apr 12, 2019 Posted in Tips No Comment

Honor the traditions of those celebrating the Jewish holiday this year by following these quick tips.

Passover is less than 10 days away, running from April 19th until the 27th. If you’re hosting Jewish guests around the holidays, there are a few very important things for you to be aware of when planning the menu. This week, we’re going to break down what you need to know, so that you can host all guests with confidence.

What is Passover?

Passover is known as Pesach in Hebrew, and it is one of the most sacred and widely observed Jewish holidays. The History of Passover is deep. It celebrates the Israelites’ departure from ancient Egypt and freedom from slavery. Jews observe the holiday for a full week and partake in various important rituals. During this time, there are specific Passover meals / diets. The meals are called a seder. Essentially, those observing the holiday not only avoid eating any leavened (risen) bread products, but they also remove them from their home, substituting fluffy breads for flat, unleavened matzo bread, and remembering the story of their freedom.

What can I serve Jewish friends during the Passover holiday?

Many people know that their Jewish loved ones refrain from eating leavened bread during the week of Passover, but it’s easy to overlook everything that this could entail when meal planning. For example, you will want to avoid serving:

  • Croutons on salad
  • Breaded chicken (or breadcrumbs on dishes of any sort)
  • Many desserts

A safe meal plan for anyone observing the holiday could look something like this:

If your loved ones and/or friends celebrate Passover, and you’ll be seeing them between April 19th and 27th, follow these guidelines to help respect and honor their religious traditions. Most of all, enjoy a beautiful meal and a happy celebration to remember for years to come.

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