Seder dinners feature a number of symbolic foods: unleavened matzo, bitter herbs such as horseradish, salt water, a nuts-and-apple paste called haroset, a roasted egg, parsley and a roasted shank bone. The Torah also commands that four glass of wine be consumed at designated times throughout the evening.

As Ukrainian rabbis call on Jews across the world to “fill an extra Seder seat” this Passover, the Jewish community in Jackson is answering the call.

Jackson residents are reportedly "ordering more brisket and matzah" for home Seder meals, Rabbi Zalman Mendelsohn said in a news release, with the goal of inviting their Ukrainian neighbors to join the table.

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Evan Robinson-Johnson covers issues residents face on a daily basis, from smoky skies to housing insecurity. Originally from New England, he has settled in east Jackson and avoids crowds by rollerblading through the alleyways.

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