The Legacy Senior Communities, a not-for-profit organization, recently celebrated the Jewish holiday of Passover with its residents, their families and team members. The Legacy Willow Bend held Seders for residents and family members in independent living and all levels of care – including assisted living and memory care – to reflect on the freedom that is central to the Jewish faith. During the Seders, participants commemorated the ancient story of the Israelites’ deliverance from slavery and captivity in Egypt with the traditional prayers, songs and the Four Questions. A Seder plate displayed symbolic food items that correspond with elements of the story of the exodus from Egypt. The Karpas (green vegetable) reminded participants of the green flourishing vegetation of new life in spring, the saltwater symbolized the tears shed by the Jewish people during the time of their enslavement in Egypt and the matzah represented the rushed departure from Egypt. In addition, clients of The Legacy at Home received Passover macaroons which were hand delivered by volunteers in honor of the holiday.
“At The Legacy Senior Communities, it is important to honor all Jewish holidays, and it is rewarding to see the residents, including our non-Jewish residents, participate together,” said Brian Barnes, interim CEO and CFO/COO of The Legacy Senior Communities. “We value the moments we can provide which give everyone an opportunity to express gratitude for what we have and spend time with one another.”
Barry Levy, a member of Adat Chaverim, led the Seder for independent living residents and their families. The independent living dining room was filled to capacity, with Levy and participants reading aloud the historical account of the Israelites’ flight from Egypt and the celebration of their escape from bondage. Brandon Harris read the Four Questions in Hebrew while Brennen Bliss translated in English. The boys, both 17, read the Four Questions during the Seder for independent living for the sixth year running. Sherrie Stohl of Nishmat AM led the Seder for residents in memory support, while Eli Davidsohn led those in assisted living.
“Having the opportunity to come together with our residents and their families is incredibly meaningful,” said Andrea Statman, director of development of The Legacy Senior Communities. “Passover is a special time for all of us reflect on the past through history and tradition, with appreciation of our freedom and hope for the future.”