Chief Steve Anderson Assists West End Synagogue in Passover Ceremony
Chief Steve Anderson and Rabbi Kliel Rose of the West End Synagogue met April 5th as part of an annual practice to offer assistance to Nashville’s Jewish community in the celebration of the Passover holiday.
Chief Anderson formally purchased leavened products, known as “chametz,” from the West End Synagogue congregation for the eight days of Passover. Jews are prohibited from owning leavened products such as bread, cereals, and even beer, during the holiday. In many instances, Jewish families place canned or packaged leavened foods in a closet or cupboard that will stay closed for the duration of the eight days. A rabbi is given the power of attorney to sell all of the products to a non-Jew until Passover has ended. After the holiday ends, Rabbi Rose will buy back the leavened products from Chief Anderson.
Rabbi Rose will make a donation to the Nashville Police Support Fund, a fund maintained within the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, in appreciation of Chief Anderson’s assistance. This is the 18th year the police department has partnered with the West End Synagogue in the Passover tradition.