Hugs back on the 'menu' at this year’s seders

Like many other Jewish families who hosted seders this Passover – it was an advancement in modern medicine that made a centuries-old tradition possible -- in person again.

Now fully vaccinated, 74-year-old grandmother Esther Greenberg got to hear how ‘delicious’ her matzoh ball soup was is in person, with her family around the table once again.

It was a welcome return to some semblance of normalcy this Passover – a spring holiday to commemorate the biblical story of the exodus of Israelites from Egyptian slavery.

Esther and her husband Bob are among the 42 percent of all American seniors already fully inoculated.

For fully vaccinated Jewish families like the Greenbergs, there was one thing for certain on the menu that they sorely missed last year via Zoom: hugging.

ESTHER GREENBERG: "I can't wait to hug and kiss everybody I haven't been able to do since last year and looking up and seeing my Passover table, not with everybody, but with, it's like I'm learning, think about everybody who's there, not everybody who's not there."

CDC guidance released in early March said those who have been fully vaccinated can meet without masks indoors in small groups.

Video Transcript

ESTHER GREENBERG: Hi!

- Like many other Jewish families who hosted seders this Passover, it was an advancement in modern medicine that made a centuries-old tradition possible in person again. Now fully vaccinated, 74-year-old grandmother Esther Greenberg got to hear how delicious her matzo ball soup is in person with her family around the table once again. It was a welcome return to some semblance of normalcy this Passover, a spring holiday to commemorate the biblical story of the Exodus of Israelites from Egyptian slavery. Esther and her husband Bob are among the 42% of all American seniors already fully inoculated.

- Let's start with the shank bone.

ESTHER GREENBERG: The shank bone. The shank bone is the sacrificial lamb.

- For fully vaccinated Jewish families like the Greensbergs, there was one thing for certain on the menu that they sorely missed last year via Zoom-- hugging.

ESTHER GREENBERG: I can't wait to hug and kiss everybody I haven't been able to do since last year. And looking up and seeing my Passover table, not with everybody, but with, it's like I'm learning, think about everybody who's there, not everybody who's not there.

- CDC guidance released in early March said those who have been fully vaccinated can meet without masks indoors in small groups.

[HEBREW CHANTING]