Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young, Delegate Sandy Rosenberg, Delegate Dalya Attar, Councilmember Zeke Cohen, Councilmember Yitzy Schleifer, and community leaders release video in advance of Passover

BALTIMORE, MD.  — Today, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young, Delegates Sandy Rosenberg and Dalya Attar, Councilmembers Zeke Cohen and Yitzy Schleifer, and community leaders delivered a video message to the Jewish community, urging them to celebrate Passover at home. Mayor Young issued the following statement in a video message:

“I know many of you are making your final preparations for Passover, while the city of Baltimore continues to do everything we can to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mayor Young said. “We still need your help. We urge everyone to stay home and celebrate only with those who live with you. Remember, we are all in this together.”

As part of continuing efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Baltimore City, Mayor Young urges all residents to abide by social distancing measures and to remain at home unless performing an essential task. For those observing Passover, residents are encouraged to stay home and celebrate the Passover meal with the people in your household, without inviting family or guests to travel to your home.

“Happy Passover to all. Passover is very different, as we are living through unprecedented times,” Delegate Attar said. “I urge you to please continue to follow CDC social distancing guidelines and remain indoors. May we all get through these difficult times while remaining healthy, and may we all have a very happy Passover.”

“Why should this Passover be different from all other Passovers?  For safety’s sake, we shouldn’t have a big family gathering to celebrate our freedom from Pharaoh,” Delegate Rosenberg said. “If we do the right thing this year, next year in Baltimore and throughout the world, we will celebrate Pesach together as one family.”

“While many of us look forward to spending the holidays with our friends and family, it is critical that this year, we only celebrate with those living in our household,” Councilmember Schleifer said. “We need everyone to do their part to get through this pandemic. Please, don’t be the broken link in the chain.”

“Passover is the story of the Jewish people’s liberation. And we know right now that we’re facing an enormous challenge,” Councilmember Cohen said. “We’re asking folks to stay home, and to do your Seder by Zoom or by call. We know it’s hard but we appreciate everyone making the sacrifice.”

To view the video featuring the Mayor, Delegates, and Councilmembers, please click on the image below.

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