Passover Helps Money-Crunched Families Celebrate

ATLANTA (AP) - An Atlanta synagogue is transforming its
community seder feast into a charity event.

Congregation Bet Haverim will host "Pass it Forward for Passover" Thursday.

The seder is for anyone who can't afford to host the elaborate meal at home or pay heavy cover charges to attend other community meals.

Instead, Lesser encourages those who can afford it to donate grocery store gift cards valued at $10 to $50. The synagogue will "pass it forward" and give the cards to two Atlanta food banks.

The Rabbi Joshua Lesser says 125 people have signed up to attend. He says a dozen of his congregation members have lost jobs and he wants to help out by giving them a budget-conscious way to celebrate.

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