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Nursing Home Residents Come Together for Passover Seder

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Hundreds of nursing home residents came together with family and friends Monday for a special seder on the first night of Passover.

The eight-day holiday, which began at sundown, marks the Jewish exodus from Egypt.

Those at Jewish Home Lifecare on the Upper West Side ate matzo, representing bread that their ancestors took with them from Egypt, which didn't have time to rise.

They dipped parsley into saltwater and ate horseradish to remind them of the bitterness of slavery and the celebration of freedom.

"A great many of us here who do not have family, per se, in our lives at this point, we have a tremendous gathering of people who are after the same thing, and I don't just mean food, although that's very important," said one person at the seder. "It brings us together in a way that only happens once or twice a year."

Passover ends next Tuesday.

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