Congressional staffers gather for first annual Passover Seder

The Congressional Jewish Staffers Association (CJSA) hosted its first Passover Seder on Thursday in the Russell Senate Office Building. More than 60 current and former Capitol Hill staffers turned out for the celebratory meal, which was led by Rabbis Shmuel Herzfeld of The National Synagogue and David Rose of JDiscover.

The meal began with a traditional reading of the Haggadah, beginning with a Kadesh, or blessing, and moved through traditional steps. Pictured here are Michael Levin, of Rep. Maxine Waters' (D-Calif.) office, Shelley Rood, CJSA president and legislative assistant to Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) Yuri Beckelman, and Tom Jones, professional staff of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. 

On the menu? In addition to the traditional Seder plate pictured below, guests enjoyed potato and broccoli kuegel, sweet potatoes, gefeltefish, tabouleh salad, carrots, and pastries for dessert, including delicious dark-chocolate-covered Matzoh.

Organizers had planned to conduct the second part of the traditional Seder service after lunch, but the demands of the congressional workday necessitated that guests return to their offices. As they left, many offered the traditional Seder goodbye, saying "Next year in Jerusalem!"

Or in this case, perhaps next year in the Hart Building.