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A Passover Seder at the New Haven, Connecticut  home of Chatzkel and Lena Burack, cir 1947-8.


The Seder

Passover in Connecticut

Grandson Kenneth Burack, on his grandfather Chatzkel Burack:

"Ever since I can remember and until the death of my grandfather in 1960 at the age of 97, we celebrated the Passover Seder at the home of his daughter Bertha (Shefkowitz) Sheff.  I lived downstairs and thus spent considerable time with him.  Friday nights there was the lighting of the candles and reciting of the Kiddush. High holidays were spent at the synagogue around the corner, and family trips were held on a regular basis.

My late brother was an avid photographer and took movies of the Seders.  Unlike today's video cameras, there was no sound, but the memories are still there.  The Seder was done in its entirety, often taking several hours, especially due to the feasting and singing of all the songs.  My mother and aunt worked furiously in the kitchen making all the preparations for our dining pleasure.  It was a joyous time of family togetherness."

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