Thursday, April 17, 2003

Seders in Iraq

This year, for the observant among the estimated 1,500 to 2,000 Jewish military personnel serving in the Gulf, the holiday takes on extra significance.Many Army troops are expected to congregate in tents in Iraq and Kuwait for the ritual meal, provided primarily by the Jewish Welfare Board in New York City. The Air Force will have one seder at a base in Kuwait.There are so many Jewish Marines, there will be two dinners in the heart of Baghdad.

.... the Jewish Welfare Board Jewish Chaplains Council, has provided kosher food for Passover to troops since World War II. Each Passover kit contains enough food for one meal -- a can of tuna fish, gefilte fish, grape juice, the unleavened bread called matzoh and chicken soup with matzoh balls -- plus a Haggadah, the story of Passover.