For last year’s Passover community messages, I wrote about how I was all set to attend my first Passover seder in Atlanta in more than two decades. I was eager to reconnect with my Jewish roots, having lapsed in observance of my faith as I finished college and set out on a career path.
This year, I will once again be celebrating Passover with my father, his girlfriend and her extended family, including four sisters, and dozens of children and grandchildren.
Their family is always so warm, so accepting and I am sure this year will be no different. Last year, they really went out of their way to make me feel invited and comfortable. The most daunting task with this group is simply learning everyone’s names. I’m getting there…still got some work to do on that front, though.
As we approach Passover this year, it is important to note that we are stronger as a community than we ever were before, especially in the face of rising antisemitism across the country. Be strong! Be vigilant! Be Jewish!
I wish everyone a safe and happy Passover and I’ll see you at the seder next year in Jerusalem.
Sasha Heller is the Web Editor & Copy Editor for the Atlanta Jewish Times.