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Jewish families celebrate Passover during pandemic

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- For the first time in modern history, Jewish families are celebrating Passover during a pandemic.

Wednesday was the first night of the Jewish holiday, a celebration of the ancient Israelites' exodus from Egypt. 

Usually, Jewish families would gather for a traditional Seder, but with Safer at Home restrictions in place, many are turning to virtual gatherings instead.

"All Jewish holidays, it's all about unity, it's all about bringing people together, celebrating Jewish traditions, that is literally what the holiday is about," said Rabbi Levi Stein of Friendship Circle of Wisconsin. "Even though we can't physically come together, we can all celebrate together at the same time, doing the same things."

While Rabbi Stein is keeping technology out of his Seder, others around the area have made plans to incorporate technology to maintain some traditions.

Ahead of the holiday, Rabbi Stein has been preparing by distributing Passover Seder to-go kits that include DIY instructions for families preparing to lead a Seder for the first time. 

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