Jews have a Passover celebration in the Las Vegas Strip

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In the past, observant Jewish tourists have generally not considered Las Vegas as a place to celebrate Passover, which commemorates the liberation of Jews from Egyptian slavery. Despite the availability of options such as open seders at local temples and kosher food to celebrate Passover at various restaurants.

The fact is that Jews are forbidden to use modern technology during the celebration of this momentous occasion. For example, they cannot drive a car, use smartphones or even travel by elevator.

Because of this, it is quite problematic to get to downtown Las Vegas to visit nice places to celebrate the holiday.

To solve this problem, a Jewish nonprofit organization called Shabbat Inc. is changing the concept of celebrating Passover in Las Vegas. From April 4 to 16, the organization will hold an event that is considered the first of its kind. It will feature choreographed Haggadah singing and a five-star kosher seder dinner prepared by award-winning chefs on the first night of Passover, April 5.

Entertainment at the festival will include:

  • A cappella singing.
  • Performances by popular standup comedians.
  • Various lectures and activities aimed at different age groups.

Of course, gambling is out of the question, even though the festival takes place in Las Vegas. Despite the fact that Jews are forbidden to gamble, many manage to gamble online. According to, casinos require only identification; the user’s religion does not interest them. Therefore, Jews can safely play at foreign casinos (such as Canadian casinos) even though they are banned in the United States.

For those who come to the Las Vegas Strip holiday with children, there will be a special area with animators and a pool, so they can easily leave them and go about their business.

Event organizers hope that, if successful, they can make Passover celebrations their thing, and this will allow them to hold similar events every year.

Areya Rifkin, founder and president of Shabbat Inc., says that the company has been able to sort out the many legal problems associated with holding such a large-scale celebration in the center of the most popular city in the United States.

There were also serious technical difficulties: the organizers had to work with nearby hotel owners to ensure that customers had access to non-automated plumbing, as well as to settle them on the first floors to avoid the need to use elevators.

After Passover, Shabbat Inc. plans a year-round series of community Shabbats centered around Resorts World’s five-star, full-service kosher kitchen. The program is open to singles, families, and children of all religious views, including Sephardic, Orthodox, Chabadic, and Carlebachian. Rifkin expressed his excitement about being able to hold simultaneous programs for singles, couples, and children of all ages at the large and flexible Resorts World Hotel.