Shalom!

President Obama became the first U.S. president to host a Passover Seder at the White House in 2009.  Rachel Maddow, political commentator gives forth a spirited commentary of this ground breaking event in Rachel’s 2.5 min. video below. 
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The tradition started in a windowless basement of the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Sheraton, during the April 2008 campaign, when Eric Lesser got his hands on an “emergency Seder kit”. . As Lesser and his fellow Jewish campaign staffers were about to begin the Seder, Obama asked if he could join.
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Instead of ending the meal with the customary “Next year in Jerusalem,” Obama said “Next year in the White House.” True to his word, the Seder continues at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Since the campaign, the Seder has upgraded its locale to much nicer digs, but the original founders can still be found around the table. Last year, the Obamas hosted about 20 guests, all of whom took turns reading the Haggadah. (attached photo) Sasha Obama found the Afikomen and was also “a champ” at answering questions from the Haggadah text, said Senior Advisor David Axelrod.

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This year President Obama is hosting his fourth annual White House Seder on the first night of Passover, April 6, 2012, complete with a full Seder menu including brisket, noodle kugel and macaroons.


President Obama celebrates Passover Seder in the White House – VIDEO
Have a Fantastic Week!

Camille Mitchell
Ambassador
NCM Enterprises
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