Sed­ers in un­likely venues

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS - BY DANIEL SUGARMAN

FOR SOME far-flung com­mu­ni­ties, Seder night will be very dif­fer­ent from other nights.

Cor­nish Re­form con­gre­ga­tion Ke­hillat Ker­now will be hold­ing its com­mu­nal cel­e­bra­tion in a barn, al­beit a fully up­hol­stered barn on a Na­tional Trust prop­erty in the mid­dle of the pic­turesque Trelis­sick Gar­den.

“It’s quite lux­u­ri­ous and big enough to hold us all,” said Anne Hearle of Ker­now.

“We have two long big ta­bles. It’s all pre­pared [laid out] be­fore­hand but we bring the food be­cause it’s got to be kosher.”

At the other end of the UK, plans are ad­vanced for the In­ver­ness Seder, which is be­ing held at the lo­cal Chi­nese cen­tre.

“I think I’ve got about a dozen peo­ple com­ing,” said Linda Martin, the vol­un­tary am­bas­sador for the High­lands and Is­lands of the Scot­tish Coun­cil of Jewish Com­mu­ni­ties (Sco­jec).

“There are some very nice mul­ti­cul­tural rooms at the Chi­nese cen­tre. The lady who is the chair, her hus­band was in cater­ing so he knows what we’re on about in terms of keep­ing kosher.”

Aberdeen Jews are also look­ing for­ward to their Seder. “Last year we had around 40 peo­ple,” said Debby Tay­lor, Sco­jec’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the city, “and I should imag­ine it will be quite a lot of peo­ple again”. The in­vi­ta­tion ex­tends to “Jewish visi­tors to the city who get in touch”.

Ex­eter’s Seder will be in a Bap­tist hall, said com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ori­ole New­gass. “The Bap­tists are very wel­com­ing. We’ve got 42 peo­ple so far. We may get some late­com­ers but we’ve got an up­per limit of 60. We have a very in­ter­est­ing mix — mem­bers of the con­gre­ga­tion, peo­ple who aren’t mem­bers, peo­ple who aren’t even Jewish.

“As I un­der­stand it, it’s a mitz­vah to bring non-Jews to the Seder and we have all kinds of peo­ple com­ing, in­clud­ing a vicar.”

There are some nice rooms at the Chi­nese cen­tre’

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