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Man holds Passover Seder outside of Murfreesboro nursing home

Posted at 10:21 PM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 23:30:35-04

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WTVF) — After a Murfreesboro nursing home closed to visitors because of COVID-19, a man held a Passover Seder for his friend from outside her window.

On Wednesday, Jewish people all over the world celebrated the start of Passover, one of the most significant holidays on the Jewish calendar. The holiday celebrates the Jewish peoples freedom from Egyptian slavery. But COVID-19 is impacting how many families recognize the holiday, including Michael Munson, who held a Passover Seder outside of his friend's nursing home.

"I’m here because I’ve got a precious friend, her name is Margaret Watson," Munson said. "She’s always wanted to see a Jewish Seder, always wanted to experience a Passover Seder on the first day of Passover."

Munson, who is Jewish, had planned to show her a Seder this year, but when Watson's nursing home closed to visitors because of COVID-19, he had to improvise. Instead he organized his Seder table outside of her unit.

"I’m here to let her know in this era that we’re in now, with this separation and this distancing and everything else, that God is not distant from us, I’m here to fulfill her dream," Munson said.