Epstein's of Hartsdale works around the clock to prepare for Passover Seders

News 12’s Lisa LaRocca stopped by Epstein's of Hartsdale as their staff prepared Passover packages.

News 12 Staff

Apr 5, 2023, 10:56 AM

Updated 414 days ago


It's one of the most important holidays on the Jewish calendar as the Hudson Valley prepares to celebrate Passover.     
Passover is a festival that dates to 1300 BC which commemorates the liberation of Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. It tells of how the prophet Moses was chosen by God to lead his people and start a new age of Jewish freedom.
This year, Passover begins at sundown on Wednesday, April 5, and ends on Thursday, April 13, in the United States. Many Jewish communities will hold seders the first two nights of the springtime holiday.
Usually held on the first night, a ritual meal, called a Seder, is set around a dinner table where families gather to eat, pray, drink, sing religious hymns and read the Haggadah, a Jewish text that sets the order of the seder and tells the story of the Passover.
The items include bitter herbs, which represents the bitterness of enslavement; charoset or a sweet, brown mixture representing the mortar and bricks used to build Egyptian structures; vegetables for hope and renewal; a lamb shank to represent the lamb's blood used to mark the doors; and matzo or unleavened bread. An egg is also often included in the seder plate, and many believe it to represent the circle of life — of birth, reproduction, and death.
For 56 years, people across the Hudson Valley have turned to the folks at Epstein's of Hartsdale Deli and Restaurant for their Passover dinners
"We have customers that have been with us for years, and now we have their kids and their kids' kids are our customers. So, we've been around in people's lives for a long time, and it feels good," says co-owner Dale Stasi.
Boxes are stacked to the ceiling with pickup and delivery orders. They say they have so many orders that they have to rent a refrigerated truck because there's not enough room in the kitchen. Plus, they have customers coming in to eat.
They make all the traditional Passover dishes from stuffed cabbage to brisket - fresh turkey, potato kugel, gefilte fish, honey cakes and more. They even make a Seder plate that holds the symbolic foods that tells the story of the exodus.

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