Celebrating Passover and New Beginnings
This year, the celebration of Passover coincides with the one-year anniversary of the Covid-19 pandemic. It has been a privilege to serve our diverse community during this time of crisis with a wide variety of online public programs offered largely free of charge. During a time of isolation, the Bildner Center strengthened its ties locally, nationally, and internationally.
This spring, the symbolism of Passover and its narrative's emphasis on surviving plagues holds heightened meaning as vaccines and better treatment options for Covid-19 become readily available. We hope that you will consider what the Bildner Center has meant to you this past year and help us to secure its future.
March 24 is Rutgers Giving Day, an annual initiative to support Rutgers units and programs. Please do not miss this important opportunity to show your support for the Bildner Center and Jewish Studies at Rutgers. All gifts are greatly appreciated.
Professor Nancy Sinkoff
Perspectives on the Passover Plagues
Professor Gary A. Rendsburg, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Chair in Jewish History at Rutgers, offers insight into understanding the plagues.
Image: Detail of the astronomical ceiling of Seti I tomb showing the personified representations of stars and constellations.
A Brief History of the Haggadah
Enjoy a short essay on the Haggadah's history by Martin Bodek, author of The Emoji Haggadah, The Festivus Haggadah, and, most recently, The Coronavirus Haggadah, among other books. Read here.
Image: Darmstadt Haggadah, or the Birds Head Haggadah, from Universitäts-und Landesbibliothek Darmstadt