On Tuesday, March 28, HANC High School and its Jewish Poor Committee were privileged to host the annual Project Ezra Model Seder. This event provided a mock Pesach Seder experience to elderly Jews from the Lower East Side who might not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in or celebrate the holiday.
Organized by Project Ezra, a nonprofit organization that serves the Jewish elderly of New York’s Lower East Side, and HANC’s director of student life Rabbi Daniel Mezei and chairpersons Keren Dayan and Jacob Kohanim, the model Seder involved spirited singing, dancing, eating, and celebrating, as the seniors of Project Ezra were joined by HANC students from all grades. All in attendance were treated to a special performance from members of HANC’s award-winning boys’ chorus which contributed tremendously to the ruach and joy of the event.
Students read aloud from the Hagaddah, educating and commemorating with the seniors on the basic aspects and practices of the Seder, and connected with them through jovial conversation and laughter, taking the opportunity to learn from the seniors themselves through their personal histories and experiences.
The program concluded in high spirits with seniors and students hand in hand, singing and dancing to L’Shanah Haba’ah B’Yerushalayim, marking a classic Pesach Seder.