Chabad Greater Hilton Head plans to distribute hundreds of packages of handmade Shmurah Matzah and Passover Handbooks this year to assist Lowcountry Jews to participate in the upcoming Passover holiday. 

The Matzahs will be distributed, or they can be requested at jewishhiltonhead.org/matzah.

Passover, celebrated this year from Wednesday evening, April 5 until after nightfall on April 13, commemorates the exodus of the Jews from Egypt in 1313 BCE. Directed by God to leave Egypt hastily, the people of Israel could not wait for their dough to rise, and thus ate unleavened crackers called “matzah.”

Round, kneaded and shaped by hand, present day “shmurah” matzahs (literally “watched matzahs”) are similar to those eaten by the Jews when leaving Egypt more than 3000 years ago. 

From the moment the wheat is harvested, the ingredients are carefully watched to ensure that they do not become leavened, which would be prohibited on Passover. 

In addition, Chabad Greater Hilton Head will host a Community Passover Seder, “Relive the Passover Exodus” with Rabbi Mendel Hertz. 

All Jewish residents are invited to participate in community seders to be held on April 5 and April 6.

Few Jewish holidays evoke the same warm sentiments as Passover. Memories of family and friends gathered as the four cups of wine are poured, the four questions asked, and the matzah served, all contribute to Passover’s popularity in the Jewish community. 

The Seders take participants through the liberation of our ancestors from Egyptian bondage, while sharing the relevance and beauty of the age-old festival in our modern lives. Included in the Seder will be a delicious Passover dinner, and a meaningful experience. 

“Passover is not simply a celebration of the historic liberation of an ancient people,” said Rabbi Mendel. “Passover is about our own personal liberation – physically, emotionally and spiritually. Passover inspires us to break free from the shackles restraining us from reaching new heights – in our lives, relationships and connection with God.” 

Chabad’s Community Seder is part of a global Passover campaign that began in 1954, when the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, considered the most influential rabbi in modern history, launched the Shmurah Matzah initiative as part of an effort to create awareness and promote observance of the holiday. An estimated four million hand-baked Shmurah Matzahs will be distributed by the Chabad-Lubavitch movement this year. 

All Jews are welcome to join the community seder, regardless of Jewish affiliation or background. Reservations can be made at jewishhiltonhead.org/seder.

Chabad of Greater Hilton Head offers Jewish education, outreach and social service programming for families and individuals of all ages, backgrounds and affiliations. For more information, contact Chabad Greater Hilton Head at 843-301-1819 or visit jewishhiltonhead.org.