Passover – also known as the “Festival of Freedom” or Pesach in Hebrew – commemorates the delivery of members of the Jewish faith from slavery in Egypt during the time of Moses. Celebrated over the course of eight days, Passover 2013 begins at sunset on March 25 and ends on April 2. This age-old holiday is observed through a special Passover meal called the seder, recitation of the Passover story and the avoidance of foods containing leavened grains. As home to nearly 120,000 people of the Jewish faith, Atlanta will play host to a number of special Passover celebrations for parents to share with their children. There are also a number of businesses who are dedicated to helping Jewish families create a Passover celebration of their own.
Let My People Play
5342 Tilly Mill Road
Dunwoody, GA 30338
Date: March 17
The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta at Dunwoody’s Zaban Park plays host to Passover family fun. Atlanta families with pre-school aged children and older siblings are invited to join Rabbi Brian Glusman and the staff at MJCCA for a morning of Passover songs, crafts, stories and special memories. The fun begins with a puppet show in the theatre at 10 a.m. Crafts will include Passover placemats, Elijah cups, seder trays, afikomen bags and more. While the children enjoy kid-focused programming, parents will have the opportunity to attend sessions that include “How to Host a Child-Friendly Seder” and “Passover Song Singing 101.” This event is open to the entire community, and there is no charge to attend.
Passover Retreat at Ramah Darom
Camp Ramah Darom
70 Darom Lane
Clayton, GA 30525
Dates: March 24-April 3; “Half” stays are also available from March 24-29 or March 29-April 3
Nestled on 122 scenic acres in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains, Camp Ramah Darom is a picturesque compilation of mountain brooks, a sprawling lake and a majestic 100-foot waterfall. Surrounded by more than 10,000 acres of wilderness and hiking trails in the adjacent Chattahoochee National Forest, Camp Ramah Darom invites Jewish families to enjoy an all-inclusive vacation with everything they need to celebrate a memorable and fun holiday. From deliciously prepared Passover meals and opportunities to explore the Jewish life to exploring the surrounding landscape and relaxing in comfortable accommodations, guests are sure to enjoy a Passover they won’t soon forget.
Passover To Go
The Kosher Gourmet
2153 Briarcliff Road
Atlanta, GA 30329
For Passover observers who don’t list cooking among their many talents or simply don’t feel like preparing an entire seder, Atlanta’s Kosher Gourmet serves up an entire menu of Passover items to go. Everything from gefilte fish and matzo balls to kugel and schnitzel are beautifully prepared and ready to be enjoyed by family and friends. Located in Toco Hills, all products from the Kosher Gourmet are prepared under the supervision of the Atlanta Kashruth Commission.
Passover A La Mexicana
Rosa Mexicano – Atlantic Station
245 18th St. N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30363
Jewish customs and up-to-the-minute culinary trends are combined in this unique Rosa Mexicano tradition that is more than a decade in the making. Showcasing dishes like tropical haroset, red snapper gefilte fish, pulled beef brisket tacos and more, this Midtown institution will serve up a regular rotation of Jewish-infused Mexican menu specials throughout the week. For some added fun, a hands-on class will teach aspiring chefs how to perfect the art of the matzoh ball, with a Mexican twist.
Sweet Treats for Passover
Alon’s Bakery & Market
1394 N. Highland Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30306
Alon’s Bakery & Market – an Atlanta landmark for more than 20 years – strives to make Passover a little sweeter for local families. The bakery’s delicious Passover chocolates, desserts and cookies are either prepared flourless or with matzah meal. Young ones will definitely get a kick out of the Chocolate Room at the Dunwoody location where they can watch Alon’s talented chefs create magnificent chocolate confections every day.
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