There was a general consensus that this was the best DHC communal Seder yet! It was fully-booked within a few days of being advertised and the first in the enlarged kiddush room which meant that more guests were able to be accommodated and just as importantly have a little more leg- room than in previous years. Thank you to cheder pupils Bryn and Aron, who solved the optimum table layout conundrum even if the adults had to prove the boys were entirely correct by subsequent extensive trial and error!
The Seder was once again marvellously led by DHC rabbi Dr Barbara Borts. She encouraged everyone present to take a turn reading and to join in debate and discussion and asking questions. Everyone did! The youngsters present were a great credit to themselves and their families as they enthusiastically and confidently acted out the debates of the rabbis of old from the short plays in the Reform Haggadah. The 4 questions were lead for their first ever time by a family group, all students of DHC Lifelong Learning classes. Grateful thanks go to Rabbi Borts for all her careful preparations which ensured a lively, thought-provoking and engrossing ‘big-family style’ Seder perfectly suited to the DHC community.
Enormous thanks go to DHC social and catering organiser Estelle who worked tirelessly to plan, cook and serve the truly delicious meal and the Seder plates. The only drawback being that the butternut squash and sweet potato soup was so tasty a few forgot to leave room for the courses that followed! Thank you to newest DHC member Jonathan who took a day’s holiday from work to lend a talented hand with the food preparations and cooking as Estelle’s assistant.
A great big thank you too to those who stayed on afterwards to clear and wash up. It was a magnificent team effort. Several people have already said how much they are looking forward to next year’s Seder!