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Passover Services and Community Seders

Monday, 18 March, 2013 - 10:39 am

March 18, 2013
Kinshasa – Democratic Republic of Congo

Passover Services and Community Seders to be offered to Jewish Communities throughout Central Africa and the Sub-Saharan continent

Chabad-Lubavitch of Central Africa, under the leadership of Rabbi Shlomo Bentolila, in cooperation with Chabad-Lubavitch World Headquarters, are dispatching groups of Rabbinical students to the Sub-Saharan African Region, to once again help organize the traditional Passover Seder programs and enhance the spirit of the ‘Exodus’ amongst the Jewish residents, expatriates, dignitaries, and visiting businessmen.

Students from the Rabbinical College of Kinshasa will be joined by their colleagues from Johannesburg, South Africa and from New York to lead public community Seders in 1) Kinshasa, DRC 2) Pointe Noire in the Congo Republic 3) Lagos, Nigeria 4) Abuja, Nigeria 5) Windhoek, Namibia 6) Accra, Ghana, 7) Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, and 8) Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Other community Seders will be hosted by local communities in Kenya, Ethiopia, Gabon, Rwanda, and Uganda.

Jewish residents in Benin, Bostwana, Burkino Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Malawi,  Sao Tome & Principe Islands, Senegal, Somalia, Togo, Zambia and Zimbabwe looking to join and participate in a local program, can contact Rabbi Bentolila at
[email protected].

Jewish children across Central Africa will participate in "hands-on" Model Matza Bakeries where they will bake their very own hand made matzot as well as many other Arts & Crafts and other educational programs surrounding the theme of Passover.

Additionally, Jewish children in Nigeria will benefit from a special Jewish Day Camp experience hosted by our local representatives, Rabbi Israel and Haya Uzan with the assistance of some of our Rabbinical students.
All Jewish residents and businesses in Central Africa are asked and encouraged to sell their "Chametz" by clicking here and completing the form no later than Thursday evening, March 21, 2013 in order to enable us to sell the Chametz in time (Monday morning March 25th) in observance of the Code of Jewish Law.

Please click here for a ENGLISHFRENCH | HEBREW link to the Laws and Customs of Passover, times for stopping to eat and burning of the Chametz, Candle lighting times, Yizkor observance and all other issues related to the Passover Holiday. For any other questions, please do not hesitate contacting Rabbi Bentolila at the telephone and email below.

Chag Sameach,

Rabbi Shlomo Bentolila
Chabad Lubavitch of Central Africa
251, Avenue de la Mission
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Phone: +243-822-804912
Fax: (1212)-504-2621
Email: [email protected]

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