Israelis gather for Passover, celebrating freedom from virus

  • Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men and children burn leavened items in final preparation for the Passover holiday Friday in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish town of Bnei Brak, near Tel Aviv, Israel. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

JERUSALEM — A year ago, Giordana Grego’s parents spent Passover at home in Israel, alone but grateful that they had escaped the worst of the pandemic in Italy. This year, the whole family will get together to mark the Jewish feast of liberation and deliverance from the pandemic.