How to Plan a Seder Supper
group magazine: February, 1994
From: February 1994 GROUP Magazine
Keywords: Supper Recipes Passover
How to Plan a Seder Supper
A step-by-step plan your group members can use to prepare and experience a Seder Supper. Plus: recipes for everything you'll need!
BY NANETTE GOINGS
Celebrate Passover by having your youth group members plan a Seder Supper for your church. A Seder Supper is a feast on the eve of Passover commemorating the Jews' exodus from Egypt. Jewish families celebrate by serving this meal in their homes. The meal contains food that is rich in symbolism and tradition, food that tells a story of a whole race of people and their flight for freedom.
For Christians, this Passover celebration takes on added meaning because of Jesus and the freedom we receive through his death and Resurrection.
Follow these easy steps and celebrate with a Seder Supper!
One Month Before:
1. Advertise the meal in your church bulletin and newsletter.
2. Sell tickets ($4 for adults, $2 for children 12 years and younger). Collect the money before and after church services.
3. Decide who will be on these crews: food-purchasing, setup, cooking, and cleanup.
One Week Before:
1. End ticket sales.
2. Gather kids to clean the area where the Seder Supper will be served. The cleaning symbolizes a ritual purifying-the clearing away of garbage in our lives so that we can make room for God.
3. Have the food-purchasing crew purchase food with the ticket sales money. Donate extra money to an outreach mission of your group's choice.
4. Call and remind kids of their responsibilities for the meal.
5. Photocopy the handout containing Seder Supper recipes and food symbolism.
1. Have the cooking crew prepare the food.
2. Have the setup crew set up tables and chairs. The Seder Supper-goers can serve themselves from a serving table, or youth group members can be waiters and waitresses and serve each person. The meal should be eaten around tables, family style, much as Jewish families have done for centuries.
3. Eat the meal and ask kids to tell about the symbolism of each food item.
4. Have the cleanup crew do their duty after the supper is over!
Seder Supper Options:
1. Prepare a Seder Supper for youth group members and friends only.
2. Host a Seder Supper potluck. Prepare a sign-up sheet for each food item. Have congregation members sign up to each bring an item of their choice. Include the recipes with the sign-up sheets.
3. Contact a Jews for Jesus branch in your area (see phone number listed below) and ask a representative to speak to your group about the Seder Supper and its symbolism.
4. Instead of a complete Seder Supper, celebrate with a Haggada ceremony only. The foods involved in this ceremony are similar but not a complete meal. The Haggada is a narrative of the exodus. Obtain books with this narrative and the Seder ritual by writing: Jews for Jesus, 60 Haight St., San Francisco, CA 94102 (415) 864-2600.
Seder Supper Recipes
(Each serves 10-12 people)
*Roasted Passover Lamb (Symbolizes Jesus as our Passover Lamb)
1 (6 lb.) leg of lamb
1 bottle teriyaki sauce
Trim off fat. Cut lamb in 1/4-inch slices. Sprinkle slices with garlic salt and rub it in. Place the slices in a large, shallow dish. Pour teriyaki sauce over it and marinate at room temperature for one hour. Grill the lamb over hot charcoals for five to six minutes on each side. Or broil the lamb in an oven. Cut in thin slices to serve.
*Bitter Salad (Symbolizes that life is often bitter, as it was for the Jewish people in Egypt)
2/3 c. olive oil
6 Tbsp. wine vinegar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. horseradish
dash fresh ground pepper
dash dry mustard
2 heads bibb lettuce, torn into pieces
4 medium tomatoes, cut in wedges
20 Greek or ripe olives
In a small jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, mustard, and horseradish. Shake well. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Combine lettuce, tomatoes, and olives. Pour dressing over salad and serve with freshly ground pepper.
*Haroseth Salad (Symbolizes that the Jewish people's experience with slavery was sweetened by a promise of freedom and redemption)
5 lbs. grated apples (use a food processor)
1 c. applesauce
1 c. raisins
1 c. finely chopped walnuts
2 Tbsp. cinnamon
3 Tbsp. honey
Mix all ingredients well and chill.
Other Seder Supper Food Items
(Purchase at a local grocery store)
*Matzo Bread. Serve along with the Haroseth. Symbolizes the bricks the Jewish people made for Pharaoh, stuck together with mortar. The Matzo also symbolizes the bread made by the Israelites when they were fleeing Egypt. They left in such a hurry, it did not have time to rise.
*Eggs. Serve the eggs hard-boiled. They symbolize the hardness of Pharaoh's heart during the time the Jewish people were enslaved. The eggs also symbolize life.
*Grape Juice. Symbolizes Jesus' blood as he died on the cross to save us from our sins.
Nanette Goings is a volunteer youth worker in Colorado.
Copyrightę 1994 Group Publishing, Inc. / GROUP Magazine