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Passover begins tonight at sundown

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5)- The Jewish Passover holiday begins this evening at sundown.

Jewish families in Cenla will gather tonight to mark the beginning of the holiday with a celebration known as Seder.
 
During the weeklong celebration Jews will eat a special kosher bread called Matzah and attend prayer services.
 
Passover is a time to commemorate the Jewish liberation and exodus from Egypt through story telling.

"Telling that story of freedom reminds us that we have to care about people who are oppressed today. They could be oppressed by governments, they could be oppressed by abuse, by hunger, by disease. We need empathy for those people and we need an outrage at that oppression so we can work against and Passover encourages us to do that," says Rabbi Harley Karz-Wagman of the Jewish Temple in Alexandria.

The rabbi also said that last weekend's shooting at a Jewish community center in Kansas City is a reminder that Jews are still fighting oppression against certain groups.

"The shootings in Kansas City show us that we have an ongoing battle to deal with people who take extreme levels of hate and want to go and do something about it. There are organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League. They work with local police, the sheriff's, the FBI, to try to keep track of those group's and control them," adds Karz-Wagman.

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