B’Nai Israel to hold community Seder


Congregation B’nai Israel, a Reform Jewish synagogue in Fayetteville, will celebrate Passover with a community seder at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at the synagogue’s sanctuary on Highway 54 East near Corinth Road.

The event will be open to all members of the community.

The deadline for reservations is Thursday, March 29. Costs per person are $25 for members, $30 for non-members, and $18 for persons age 10 and under. More information and a reservation form link may be found on line at www.bnai-israel.net. The service, which combines the Jewish liturgy for Passover with a catered traditional meal, will be led by Rabbi Ellen Nemhauser and by Susan Burden, the congregation’s cantorial soloist. It also will include festive songs and traditional stories.

The Seder is a ritual that retells the story of the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt, as described in the Biblical book of Exodus. It marks the beginning of the Passover holiday, which is observed by Jewish people around the world.

Nemhauser has led services at B’nai Israel on frequent occasions during the past two years. Originally from Canada, she holds an honors degree in music education from the University of Toronto. She was ordained after rabbinic studies in Israel and Los Angeles and at the New York campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where she also completed the Master of Jewish Education program.

Burden, who succeeded the late Susan Levine as cantorial soloist last August, has become a key leader in the congregation’s educational and music activities since joining the synagogue in 1992. She has a degree in music education from the University of Tennessee and for 12 years was an elementary and middle school librarian.

For more information, call the synagogue office, 678-817-7162.