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People at Temple Israel come together for a past Seder meal.

Rob Earnshaw, file, The Times

Temple Israel in Gary invites people of all faiths to celebrate Passover with its annual Interfaith Peace and Justice Seder.

A religious observance and traditional meal will take place at 4 p.m. March 25 at the synagogue, 601 N. Montgomery St. in Gary's Miller Beach neighborhood. It includes a ceremonial feast with hard-boiled eggs, horseradish, parsley to be dipped in saltwater, charoset, matzo ball soup, gefilte fish, field greens, and a choice of chicken, brisket or a vegetarian entree, plus dessert.

Rabbi Robin Damsky, the first female rabbi in the 107-year history of Temple Israel, will lead the annual community celebration of the Exodus from Egypt. It will feature the Passover meal, local musicians and a participatory Seder service with readings from Temple Israel’s custom Haggadah.

"The Interfaith Peace and Justice Seder is based on the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and Temple Israel enjoys sharing this night with members of other religious organizations," Temple Israel said in a news release. "It is an opportunity for people of all faiths to come together in celebration of our community."

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students. Temple Israel also is accepting donations of canned goods for the St. Mary of the Lake and the Jewish Federation of Northwest Indiana food pantries.

To make a reservation, call (219) 938-5232 or email


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