Atlanta’s Jewish community is preparing for Passover beginning at sundown on Friday, April 22. The spring festival kicks off with family and friends gathering around the table for a seder dinner to celebrate the Israelites’ freedom from slavery with readings, traditional foods and plenty of drinking; four glasses of wine to be exact. If you’re looking to mix things up with cocktails at your festival feast this year, we’ve got good news which could transform your rocks glass.
While you’ll still need to abstain from consuming the five grains (wheat, rye, barley, oats and spelt,) a recent reversal of an 800-year ban on kitniyot (corn, rice, peanuts and legumes) by the Conservative Movement opens up the liquor cabinet to a world of seder cocktail possibilities for many Jews. It also opens up a Pandora’s box full of questions for those wishing to update traditions without forsaking them completely. We turned to Jewish educator and Chair of Religious Life at Congregation Shearith Israel, Robbie Medwed, for help understanding what this rule reversal means for your cocktail glass during Passover.