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The Passover Seder celebration at Stoneridge Creek is one of the most popular events of the year. More than 100 residents and team members from all different faiths and backgrounds fill the large dining room at the senior living community to take part in Jewish traditions.

“This is such a unique Life Enrichment program here at Stoneridge Creek,” said resident Rena Leibovitch. She’s one of the organizers of the event and is joined by more than 30 other Jewish residents who make up the Shalom Club. “The Jewish community has been celebrating Passover for generations. It’s a part of us. We’re happy to make others aware of this tradition, and it’s improving the culture of our community.”

The Shalom Club is one of many programs made for and by Stoneridge Creek residents. The residents meet once a month to discuss current events and topics that affect the Jewish community. They also plan large events, like the Passover Seder.

In March 2018, the community celebrated its third annual Passover Seder celebration. To showcase the different backgrounds and nationalities at the community, nine residents were chosen to ask the traditional Passover Four Questions in different languages. These are often presented by the youngest person at the Seder, and tells the story of the Exodus from Egypt.

Along with the readings, residents enjoyed music and a traditional Seder meal prepared by Stoneridge Creek’s Executive Chef Zachary Ziegler. It included recipes such as matzah and roasted chicken. Side-by-side, residents of all different faiths sat together to enjoy a nearly 3,000-year-old tradition.

Researchers have discovered that religious spirituality is significantly linked to better mental health, and it helps people feel more connected with the world around them.

“We’re so lucky at Stoneridge Creek to have so many people who want to be involved and are yearning to learn about other faiths and beliefs,” commented Leibovitch.

Read more about this celebration at The Jewish News of Northern California.