On the night of 30 March, the Jewish Community of Singapore celebrated Passover with an early interreligious Seder. The event took place at the Jacob Ballas Centre in the presence of fifty guests, including ten religious leaders, the Central Singapore District Mayor and Israel’s Ambassador to Singapore.
Edwin Tong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, was the guest of honour and stated: “Singapore’s multi-racial, multi-religious society offers a unique opportunity for us to learn and understand the core tenets underlying the many diverse cultures and faiths around us".
The group also visited The Jews of Singapore Museum, which is located on the same premises. The event was organised by the Jewish Welfare Board (JWB) with the aim of strengthening understanding between religions. A rabbi led the event and explained the meaning of each traditional food in a Passover meal.
As Nash Benjamin, president of the Jacob Ballas Centre, said, “We are delighted to welcome our guests from the various faiths and communities to observe the Seder ritual with us and to share with them the larger significance of this feast in relation to our faith and spiritual identity”.