Religions and Spirituality

Jewish Family Service Holds Intergenerational Passover Seder with Students from Rav Teitz Mesivta Academy

Left to Right: RTMA Students Gideon Hagler, Sammy Katz, Noah Hanover, Rabbi Raphael Karlin, Matthew Kraizler, Yitzy Herskowitz and Mendy Fine Credits: Heidi Pekarsky
RTMA 11th grader Yitzy Herskowitz with Café Europa attendees Max Laufer and Nathan Kasdan Credits: Heidi Pekarsky

ELIZABETH, NJ – High School students from the Jewish Educational Center (Rav Teitz Mesivta Academy) shared an abridged version of the traditional Passover seder with a special group of guests, Holocaust survivors at the Jewish Family Service of Central New Jersey main office in Elizabeth.

Accompanied by their teacher and grade advisor, Rabbi Raphael Karlin, the group entertained the group with a lively program complete with songs, dance, and interpretations of traditional texts for the Café Europa Group of Holocaust survivors.

Holocaust survivors from the Union County area meet twice a month for their Café Europa program, supported from a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany and the Wilf Foundation. 

The Rabbi Teitz Mesivta Academy is the boys high school division of Jewish Educational Center in Elizabeth, which is now in its 76th year.  Students at the RTMA engage in a full and rigorous college preparatory program that is presented as part of a demanding dual curriculum which offers Hebrew language and Jewish Religious instruction alongside general studies and extra curricular activities.

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