Local Jewish community observes Passover

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Friday is an important day of ritual for those in our Jewish community.

It marks the start of Passover, the most observed holiday in the religion.

Jews remember the journey ancient Israelites made from enslaved Egypt to freedom.

A Seder, which means "order" in Hebrew, is one way Jews remember.

As part of the Seder, there are symbolic foods of the past and what the Jewish people have fought for. For the seven days, Passover is celebrated, Jews refrain from eating leavened bread, instead, they eat matzah, which is what the Jews made before they left Egypt because there was no time to let the bread rise.

If you'd like to celebrate or learn more about this holiday, one local Rabbi is welcoming all.

"Actually the Passover is kind of family celebration and family for us is the community so we really want every person, every single Jew to come and to join us for the Passover Seder," said Chabad of Panama City Beach Rabbi Mendel Havlin.

Orthodox services through Chabad start Friday at 6:45 in the Shores of Panama and Saturday a service will be in the same location at 7:45 p.m.

If you're looking for a reform service, the president of Temple B'nai Israel will host a service at Trigo in Downtown Panama City, Saturday at 6 p.m.