Passover Poetry

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Submitted by Jerry Greenspan

To the Passover Seder

I’m one of 20 gathered for a Passover Seder.

Diana and I have counted 18 years of such occasions.

Hosting has moved from Harriett’s to Cathy’s table,

But the spirit that brought us here still reigns.

We gather at this table in a shared belief

That humanity in its search for peace and acceptance

May sing, laugh and embrace strangers.

It is the music; some original, that propels the evening.

Insight into the Passover Seder mandates the serving

Of a substantial meal and the drinking of wine.

Both are essential aspects of this celebratory evening.

For we are able, thousands of years after the first Passover,

To rejoice in the freedom those Jews achieved and

We now possess.


Each of us is invited to recite a portion of the Haggadah.

The story of the Jews, who, with god’s blessing,

Escaped Egyptian slavery, and offered a prayer

For the fallen Egyptians.


For this occasion being Jewish is not mandatory,

Being part of a call for peace and understanding is.



As in past years, not all attendees are Jewish.




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Originally from upstate New York, Dani Schwartz has lived in Coronado since 1996. She is thrilled to call Coronado home and raise her two children here. In her free time enjoys hitting the gym, reading, and walking her dog around the “island.”Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to: