Community Passover Seder returns to Hilo

Ahava ‘Aina is hosting a Passover Seder at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 27, at the Dream Hawaii Studios located at 1009 Ahuna Road in Hilo.

Founder and leader Rabbi Rachel Short believes that, in some ways, this year’s Seder mirrors the story of Passover — the journey from slavery to freedom.


“Words cannot begin to describe how stoked I am that we will be able to gather in person for Seder this year. When leading Passover online last year, I said, ‘Next year in person’ instead of ‘Next year in Jerusalem,’ and we are so grateful this has manifested,” said Rabbi Rachel.

It is a triumphant return to celebrating together as a community. “I hope people will join us in celebration of liberation, freedom, community, miracles, creation, abundance, the full moon, and so much more, in an awe-inspiring spiritual experience rooted in ancestral wisdom and tradition. We need this now more than ever,” said Rabbi Rachel.

Music will be provided by Russell Ruderman and the Ahava ‘Aina Jewish Jam Band. The Seder begins at 5:30 p.m. sharp.

“Everyone is welcome – all faiths, all beliefs, all ages – to join us for a cultural community experience,” says Rabbi Rachel, who will be leading the service.


In-person seating is limited due to coronavirus restrictions, so the public will need to reserve tickets early by visiting For those who are unable to attend in person, Ahava ‘Aina will have meal pickup available and the Seder will be streamed online.

All proceeds benefit Ahava ‘Aina – a 501c3 non-profit. Ahava ‘Aina is on a mission to heal the world, and build the first Jewish cultural community center and synagogue in East Hawaii. They are in the process of planning other exciting community activities, events and projects this year.

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