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The Legacy Senior Communities, a not-for-profit organization, recently gathered together to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Passover with its residents, their families and staff. The Legacy Willow Bend, Plano’s first and only life care retirement community, held Seders in independent living, assisted living and memory care. Additionally, The Legacy at Home, The Legacy Senior Communities’ not-for-profit home health care agency, delivered macaroons with a Passover message to their Jewish clients in observance of the holiday.

“Celebrating Passover as a community is always a deeply moving experience for our residents and their families and home health care clients,” said Melissa Orth, president and CEO of The Legacy Senior Communities. “It is rewarding to see everyone, including our non-Jewish residents, participate together. At The Legacy Senior Communities we believe in the importance of honoring all Jewish holidays and the shared traditions that create a bond across generations.”

Marc R. Stanley, current chair of The Legacy Senior Communities’ board of trustees,led the Seder for independent living residents and their families. The independent living dining room was filled to capacity, with Stanley and participants reading responsively the historical account of the Israelites’ flight from Egypt and the celebration of their escape from bondage. Asher Stanley, 12, and Naomi Tell, 13, read the Four Questions during the Seder for independent living for their first time. Sherrie Stohl of Nishmat AM led the Seder for residents in memory support, while Eli Davidsohn led those in assisted living.

During each of the Seders, participants commemorated the ancient story of the Israelites’ deliverance from slavery and captivity in Egypt with the traditional prayers and songs. A traditional Seder plate displayed symbolic food items that correspond with elements of the story of the exodus from Egypt.

“It is important to commemorate Passover with residents of The Legacy Willow Bend and our clients of The Legacy at Home,” said Andrea Statman, director of development for The Legacy Senior Communities. “We value the moments we have to express gratitude for the miracles in the past and the blessings we share today. It was a privilege to celebrate this meaningful holiday as a community.”