Bishop to join Jewish community for Seder

Bishop Robert Paterson

Bishop Robert Paterson

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The island’s bishop, Robert Paterson, and his wife Pauline will join the Isle of Man’s Jewish community to celebrate the Passover Seder on Monday, April 14, in Douglas.

The Seder, which means ‘order’ in Hebrew, is a service normally held at home, however in the island it is held at a hotel as there are usually between 30 and 40 attending the service.

The Seder is always conducted on the first night of Passover and concludes with a dinner.

The prayer book used to work through the order of service is a ‘Haggadah’ (‘the telling’), containing instructions for the Seder, blessings and the Passover story.

The ‘Order’ also refers to the fact that there are 15 parts of the ritual service, all revolving around the Passover dinner.

Food is an important symbolic element of Passover, a holiday full of ritual symbols that retell the biblical story of the Exodus from Egypt.

Many of these symbols are displayed on the Seder plate, the centrepiece of the Seder table.

Matzah (or Matzos in plural) is an unleavened bread which is used as a substitute for bread for the eight days of Passover.

The island’s Jewish community is a very mixed group some who have been living on the Isle of Man for more than 30 years and some of whom are more recent arrivals, including some of our Israeli residents.

Here in the Isle of Man, the service is conducted predominantly in English with certain significant sections of the service being read in both Hebrew and English. Inclusiveness is an important theme of Passover and all at the Seder table are given the opportunity to participate, including the youngest members of the community.

If there are any Jewish people living on the Isle of Man who wish to attend the Seder, email Carol Jempson on

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