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Coeur d’Alene’s first Jewish seder

Mendy Plotkin and Sholom Dubov, right, who hosted what they believe may be the first publicy announced community seder in Coeur d’Alene on Friday, pose for a photo, Thursday, April 21, 2016, at the La Quinta Inn & Suites in Coeur d’Alene. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Mendy Plotkin and Sholom Dubov, right, who hosted what they believe may be the first publicy announced community seder in Coeur d’Alene on Friday, pose for a photo, Thursday, April 21, 2016, at the La Quinta Inn & Suites in Coeur d’Alene. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

As the sun went down Friday evening, candles were lit and blessings were spoken in a conference room at La Quinta Inn and Suites in Coeur d’Alene, where a small group of Jews gathered on the first night of Passover. Led by two Orthodox rabbinical students, the group took part in a three-hour seder meal commemorating the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. Friday’s dinner is believed to be the first publicly announced Jewish seder in Coeur d’Alene. The ancient story of suffering and deliverance resonated with participants, some of whom recalled North Idaho’s past as the headquarters for the Aryan Nations, a white supremacist group./Becky Kramer, SR. More here.

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