Passover, Seder Held
Rabbi J. Hannah Orden of Temple B'nai Israel in Laconia, N.H., visited campus for the third year in a row to conduct a Seder, the Jewish ritual feast that marks the beginning of the Jewish holiday of Passover. The ceremony was part of the fourth annual Passover Celebration and Seder held in the Rondileau Campus Center.
"What makes the Bridgewater Seder so very special is that it brings together different people from different backgrounds, different nationalities, different races and different faiths," Rabbi Orden said. "In that sense, this is a truly significant Seder."
Dr. Jabbar Al-Obaidi, director of the Center for Middle East Studies, opened the program by welcoming the audience, which consisted of students, faculty and staff, and emeriti faculty.
"To me, this is an achievement because we've been able to make our community on this campus more aware of the Passover season than before," he said.
He added that to his knowledge Bridgewater is the first institution of higher learning in the state system to hold a Passover celebration.
Professor Al-Obaidi said the annual celebration is a way to involve Jewish students in the life of the campus. He then announced the formation of a new organization, Jewish Students at Bridgewater.
Other speakers included Dr. Jason Pina, vice president for student affairs, and Mr. Sharif Abdelal, president of the Muslim Students Association.
Closing remarks following the Seder were delivered by Dr. Barbara Bond, assistant professor in the Department of Social Work and faculty associate in the BSU Office of Institutional Diversity. The event was organized and sponsored by The Center for Multicultural Affairs and the Center for Middle East Studies. (Story and photos by David K. Wilson, '71, Office of University Advancement)