Mother Lurana House Celebrates Passover

Seniors in day program learn about the Jewish holiday

Owen Rader of Cornwall, a volunteer at the Mother Lurana Senior Day Center, leads a Passover Seder at the Mother Lurana House in Garrison on March 21. Photo by J. Tao

Owen Rader of Cornwall, a volunteer at the Mother Lurana Senior Day Center, leads a Passover Seder at the Mother Lurana House in Garrison on March 21. Photo by J. Tao

The seniors and volunteers at the Mother Lurana Senior Day Center had an out-of-the-ordinary experience when they participated in an abbreviated Passover Seder service, led by volunteer Owen Rader of Cornwall, at the Mother Lurana House of Graymoor in Garrison on Thursday, March 21. Rader explained the symbolism of the foods of the Seder, such as the charoset — a paste of fruits and nuts, which represents the mortar that the Israelites used to make bricks while enslaved in Egypt. The group also took turns reading excerpts of the story of the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt.

The center, established by the Sisters of the Atonement almost 20 years ago, works with the Putnam County Office of the Aging Nutrition Program to provide lunch to seniors twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The group that meets there also rehearses songs and skits and performs as the Hotsy Totsy Follies at Graymoor and elsewhere in the area.


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