Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff to Host Historic Seder at VP Residence

On Friday, Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff will be the first second family to host a Passover Seder at the Vice Presidential Residence.

Ms Harris spoke to Israeli President Isaac Herzog on Thursday about their historic plans during a phone call about recent unrest in the Middle East.

Mr. Emhoff is the first Jewish spouse of a US president or vice president. The second family proudly celebrated Hanukkah last year and hosted a virtual Passover in March 2021.

CNN reports that Ms. Harris and Mr. Emhoff will be joined Friday by Jewish members of their staff and relatives.

The event is not just a historic first, but another pivot of normal holiday gatherings after a difficult year of coronavirus waves fueled by fast-moving variants.

The Biden administration is urging people to get vaccinated, boost and return to normal routines while unwinding pandemic-era rules.

However, he recently extended a federal mask mandate on public transportation until May 3 instead of letting it expire on Monday.

“For many, this will be the first time in three years that families and friends will be able to gather around the Seder table – a testament to the saving miracle of modern medicine and the progress we have made in dealing with a pandemic. ruthless,” Biden said Friday in a written Passover statement.

Biden said the deliverance of enslaved Israelites from Egypt should inspire Americans to remember those who struggle today.

“This Passover we carry in our hearts the people of Ukraine and those around the world whose heroic stand against tyranny inspires us all,” he said. “The enduring spirit of this holiday continues to teach us that with faith the driest desert can be crossed, the mightiest sea can be split, and hope keeps marching towards the promised land.”

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