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Stambaugh, Kravitz plan Pre-Passover Seder meal

Published: Wed, February 12, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

The Seder dinner is part of an ongoing effort by Kravitz Delicatessen during its 75th anniversary year to be an international food service and to build bridges between groups in the valley.

The following events are scheduled:

March 4: Packzi and Pivo, the Polish Mardi Gras with Polish doughnuts, Polish foods and pirogi. This will continue into the evening with a live polka band.

March 15: Lunch with the Leprechaun at the Poland Library, a joint effort between the Poland Library and Kravitz Deli. All-day food and entertainment for the family.

March 17: St Patrick’s Day

April 2: Communitywide Pre-Passover Seder

April 14 and 15: Passover Seders at Rodef Sholom and Temple El Emeth

April 27: Memorable Meals Mahoning Valley at Tyler Historical Center, a celebration of traditional Valley home and restaurant foods. Including Spinning Bowl Salads, Garland’s barbecue ribs, hot dogs by Jay’s hot dog and the Dog House, hot peppers in oil by Bob Abruzzi, corned beef by Kravitz, Polish foods by Krakus Deli and more.

Staff report


Stambaugh Auditorium and Kravitz Delicatessen will host a traditional Pre-Passover Seder Dinner at 6:30 p.m. April 2 at Stambaugh, 1000 Fifth Ave. Rabbi Joseph P. Schonberger and the Rev. George Balasko will conduct the meal and ceremony.

The event is aimed at the non-Jewish community and offers insights into the Jewish celebration of Passover.

Reservations are required. Tickets are on sale at $30 per person, or a $240 for a table of eight. Make reservations at stambaughauditorium.com or call the box office at 330-259-0555.

During the service, the dinner will incorporate the use of a traditional Haggadah, or Seder book. Dinner will include traditional Passover foods such as unleavened bread, boiled eggs and horseradish. Also served will be matzoh ball soup, apricot glazed chicken, matzoh casserole, roasted potatoes, steamed broccoli and unleavened desserts. Grape juice also will be provided, and bottles of wine are available for advance purchase.

A Seder is the traditional meal served on the first two nights of Passover. During the meal, there is a service that retells the story of Exodus. In Exodus, the Jews were slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt, but through divine efforts, they were freed from slavery and taken to the Promised Land.

Hurrying to flee Egypt, the people were forced to carried off their dough, which was still unleavened. For that reason, no leavening is used during Passover, and all Passover baking is made from unleavened bread, called matzoh.

In Christianity the meal is important because it celebrates not only the Christian tradition of the Last Supper, but also Christians’ own Jewish heritage, which provided the context for the Last Supper. This event is intended to demonstrate the common roots of Judaism and Christianity and to promote a better understanding between the faiths.

The event is sponsored in part by TR Party Center, City Printing, D&D Linens and WFMJ-TV and is endorsed by the Mahoning Valley Association of Churches and the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation.


Rose Kravitz founded Kravitz Delicatessen in 1939 on the Northside of Youngstown. In 1970,the deli relocated to Belmont Avenue. Now run by Rose’s son, Jack, the Belmont deli has evolved into a restaurant and bakery. It offers Jewish, Mediterranean and vegetarian dishes. It recently opened a location inside the Poland Library and has a banquet room that holds up to 100 people.

About Stambaugh Auditorium:

A gift from Henry H. Stambaugh led to the opening of Stambaugh Auditorium 1926. The centerpiece of the nonprofit complex is the Concert Hall, which has a seating capacity of 2,553 and is renowned for its near perfect acoustics.

The auditorium also features a 9,700-square-foot ballroom, a recital hall, The Anne Christman Memorial Hall, and a formal garden. All of them can be rented.

The auditorium welcomes national and international performers regularly while also hosting local and regional entertainment events. Stambaugh Auditorium was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.


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