Families gather as Passover enters second night

Rabbi Mark Blazer told the Passover story to an audience of families and friends for the second Seder on Saturday. Ryan Mancini/The Signal

As music and laughs filled adjoining hallways, families and friends from Temple Beth Ami celebrated the second night of Passover with a Seder at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church on Saturday.

The celebration commenced with reading pages from the Haggadah, a text which incorporates the story of the Exodus along with a 14-step procedure that goes on through the night. At the end of the reading, which included other stories and songs, lines were formed as guests grabbed food.

“The great thing about Passover is that it combines ritual and food together,” Rabbi Mark Blazer said. “It’s a service we basically do around a table, so it’s a great combination of being with family, with friends and also having a spiritual experience. The great thing about the traditions is that some of them go back thousands of years, some of them are more modern traditions that have been incorporated just literally in the last few years.”

Throughout the Seder, cantorial soloist Alyssa Rosenbaum sang and played her guitar.

“My role as cantor involves leading Friday night services and occasional Bar and Bat Mitzvahs on Saturdays and any holiday events, so this falls under that category,” she said. “There’s a lot of music involved in telling the Passover story, so it’s always a lot of fun.”

Chris and Lin Bickelmann, along with their son Jordan, attended what was their second formal Seder and first Passover as residents of the Santa Clarita Valley since moving from Burbank. Lin noted that while they normally do their own Seder, they all wished to join in a community Seder since they are new to the community.

“(We wanted) to be with people of like-mindedness and realized that there is a lot to offer and a lot to give as well in meeting new people within our community here in Santa Clarita,” Chris said.

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