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Private Joel and the Sewell Mountain Seder (Passover)

by Bryna J. Fireside

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A young Jewish Union soldier realizes Passover is approaching and he will be far from home. Together with the other Jewish men of his unit, his commanding officer, and three freed slaves of a nearby Negro Regiment, he arranges all they will need to hold seders and observe the holiday. Somehow he manages to get matzah, cider, lamb, even haggadahs, and with a little ingenuity (and not a little cider), the men hold a memorable set of seders in West Virginia.

This fictionalized account is based on memoirs and records researched by the author. I highly recommend it for primary aged children. It is an easy to read, brief chapter book, fully illustrated, with a historical research note at the end. ( )
  LeesyLou | Apr 10, 2008 |
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With permission from their commander and matzah brought in on a train from Cincinnati, Jewish members of a Civil War regiment improvise a seder to remember. The participation of three former slaves, now members of their company, lends a special meaning to this celebration of freedom.

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A group of Jewish soldiers, and three freed slaves, have a Passover seder in 1862 on the battlefields of the Civil War.

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