Got seder? Operation Elijah pairs first night hosts, guests

In an effort to ensure that every Jew in Southern Arizona has a seat at a seder table for Passover, the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona and local synagogues are joining forces for Operation Elijah, which pairs seder guests and hosts.

All who are new to the community, single, without family in the area or alone for any reason and wish to attend a seder in someone’s home on the first night of Passover, Monday, April 18, can sign up for the program by contacting Tremia Cox at 577-9393, ext. 133, or is raelcenter@jfsa.org. Those interested in extending the warmth of their families by welcoming guests should also contact Cox.

“This is a wonderful mitzvah to open your seder to guests and we are very fortunate to have had many successful years with matching community members to wonderful hosts,” says Geri Tingley, co-chair of the project with Barbara Esmond. At the time of sign-up, the prospective host or attendee will be asked several questions in order to meet the needs of both parties. Transportation to and from the seder is the responsibility of the guest.

The Federation’s Jewish Community Relations Council and Outreach Connections are partners in Operation Elijah with Congregations Anshei Israel, Bet Shalom, Chaverim, Chofetz Chayim, Míkor Hayim, Kol Simchah, Or Chadash and Young Israel, Beth Shalom Temple Center in Green Valley and Temple Emanu-El.