I've been to a Passover Seder before. Once. In college. It was hosted by someone Jewish from my theatre group in a tiny high-rise apartment, most of us were sitting on the floor, and most people wanted to get to the parts with the wine. For obvious reasons. So, I'm not sure I really had a good understanding a "typical" Jewish Passover Seder.
What better way to get a better understanding than to ask two secular Israeli Jewish girls to host a Passover Seder and teach us about how they remember the Passover? Just so happens we have two secular Israel Jewish girlfriends. So we asked them if they'd like to teach us about Passover, and they actually happily agreed. They were so cute about it, excited to share in their tradition (even if they didn't really know the first thing about preparing a Passover Seder and it was a learning experience for them as well), and teach us a little bit in the process. We didn't really do a tradition Seder with all the blessings, the girls just simply explained everything and we ate. Fine by me. We had chicken and potatoes in some kind of yummy sauce that included a bunch of spices straight from Israel, rice, salad, matzoh (obvi), and charoset. Yum.
One of the many reasons I love living in this international community is getting glimpses into so many different cultures and learning from others about their festivals, traditions, and practices. Especially when they involve food.
Charoset, made with apples, figs, dates, walnuts, and honey
Haya and Lena with the center plate and all the different symbolic foods.
Our cozy little Passover Seder crew... 5 Americans, 2 secular Israeli Jews, a Malaysian Chinese Buddhist, and a Malaysian Indian Christian. Awesome.