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March 9, 2018  RSS feed

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Greater Seder’s show tradition continues

It has become a Passover tradition in the Tampa Bay area for a group to put on a parody Seder performance that they call Greater Seder – always off color enough to qualify for adult only audiences, with a different theme every year.

This year’s audience pleaser is The Music Mensch and will be performed on Saturday, March 31 at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC, 522 N. Howard Ave., Tampa. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the Seder begins at 7 p.m.

The Greater Seder has been going on for 13 years, billed as an “un-Seder” for unaffiliated Jews. The creators of the event were a collection of lawyers, educators and a realtor. Their goal was to offer a real Seder, but with heavy doses of humor, song and entertainment, in the tradition of Purim shpiels. When 72 folks attended – four times chai – they knew it was a good start.

Over the years the titles for their Greater Seders have ranged from Matzoh-lot, Schlep through TV Land, Star Drek, Seder-day Night Chai and The Sound of Moses. The characters of God, Moses, Pharaoh and the Jewish people are the stars of every Greater Seder.

The meal is always a traditional Passover Seder with a Haggadah full of singalong songs and Passover prayers. The proceeds from the Greater Seder have always gone to good causes and in recent years have gone to the Tampa Jewish Family Services food bank. Last year alone more than $6,000 was raised.

The event has grown over the years and last year more than 300 attended. The event is no longer just for the unaffiliated but is an “alternative Seder” for many in the Bay area. New residents, young adults and seasoned grownups, as well as too-tired-to-cook a second Seder folks are among those who attend.

Throughout the years many of the cast members from the first event are still putting on the annual event, including Jerry Slutzky, Lynn Heller, Cindy Spahn, Cynthia Gornbein and organizer Rande Friedman.

Other performers this year include Elaine and Geoffrey Gross, Dana and Norman Melnick, Suzy Duic, Robin Golin, Paula Pennington, Fred Lasday and Rob Norman.

The cast calls itself the Kosher Hams and every Greater Seder is closed with the song, “There is no Seder like our Seder,” sung to the tune of “There is no Business like Show Business.”

Tickets are $65 for general admission and $80 for patrons (who get priority seating) or $750 for a table of 8 (for best seating).

There are also opportunities for sponsorships like the “buy a dog a shank bone” Seder plate item, buy a plague or a more conventional donation toward production costs or the purchase of a tzedakah ticket for someone who cannot afford one.

Tickets and donations may be purchased at

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