Pandemic's second Passover celebration offers a sense of increased optimism

Families are becoming more comfortable to have gatherings as more people, especially seniors, are vaccinated.

News 12 Staff

Mar 26, 2021, 8:06 PM

Updated 1,214 days ago

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With more people getting vaccinated against COVID-19, more families may be planning to reunite for Passover or Easter gatherings.
Among Long Island's Jewish community, there is a lot of optimism heading into Passover. Rabbi Yakov Saacks, of Chai Center Dix Hills, says the holiday will be the first get-together for some families in more than a year.
Families are becoming more comfortable to have gatherings as more people, especially seniors, are vaccinated.
Many people will still be taking safety precautions though, as some will even hold their Seders outside with physically distanced tables.
"People are at more relaxed than they were last Passover. We were in lockdown. But even from a couple of months ago, even from six weeks ago, there has been quantum shift that people are more eager to come out and to go to family members," says Rabbi Saacks.
Rebecca Feder and her family are among those getting ready to see family this weekend. One year ago, they stayed home and saw relatives only on Zoom.
Their gathering will be outdoors, and some older relatives will stay on Zoom. But they're hoping once everyone is vaccinated, they'll have a full Passover table again.
"It's a little sense of hope, a little glimmer of hope that things are getting back to somewhat normal," says Feder.
At the Chai Center, there will also be a public Seder, a tradition that was put on hold last year. This time, the tables will be spread 6 feet apart.
If you are planning to be with relatives, medical experts say you should observe capacity limits and follow all safety precautions, even if you're vaccinated.


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