Passover 2022: Second Family to Host First Known Seder at Vice President’s Residence

WASHINGTON — Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff will become the first known second family on Friday to hold a Passover Seder at the vice president’s residence, a White House official said, continuing their efforts to celebrate Emhoff’s Jewish faith.

Harris told Israeli President Isaac Herzog during their Thursday phone call that she would be holding an in-person Seder at the Naval Observatory, according to a White House official.

The official said Harris and Emhoff will be joined by Jewish members of their staff and relatives. On Thursday, the couple are expected to deliver a speech at the second virtual White House Seder.

Harris and Emhoff shared a slew of firsts in their historic roles. Emhoff is the first Jewish wife of a president or vice president, and Harris is the first woman and the first woman of color to hold her title.

In November, they became the first couple to affix a mezuzah – which houses a small scroll containing the text of the Shema prayer and fulfills the biblical command to affix the object to the doorjamb of the house – on a executive house. And in March 2021, Emhoff led the first virtual Passover Seder for the Biden-Harris White House, and said he hoped it would be the last held virtually.

“This is the second Passover in a row that we are celebrating virtually and hopefully it will be the last,” Emhoff said at the time. “The pandemic has forced us all to adjust or suspend some of our favorite traditions and activities, but if we all continue to follow the guidelines that help us stay safe… we’re going to win this fight against Covid and we’re all going to be together in person next year.”

Since those remarks last March, the Biden administration and Congress have poured billions into a massive vaccination campaign to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and have faced repeated surges where infections and deaths have soared. , then descended.

Covid-19 cases are trending up in more than half of the states in the US – including all but one northeastern state, Delaware. The country is averaging just over 38,000 new Covid-19 cases a day, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, but the daily rate is still one of the lowest since mid-July.

Emhoff recently tested positive amid a surge of positive Covid cases among administration officials and those in President Joe Biden’s orbit and Harris.

Still, Emhoff has said many times that Passover has always been one of his favorite holidays, and he remembers going to Seders as a kid at his grandmother’s house.

On Wednesday, Emhoff began his in-person celebrations early when he visited a Jewish day school in Washington to commemorate with elementary and middle school students.

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