Chief Anderson Assumes "Ownership" of West End Synagogue's Leavened Products
April 14, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For the 20th consecutive year, Nashville’s police chief has assumed “ownership” of West End Synagogue’s leavened products for the eight days of the Jewish Passover holiday.
During a meeting with Rabbi Joshua Kullock this morning, Chief Steve Anderson formally purchased the leavened products, known as “chametz,” from the West End Synagogue congregation. 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 power of attorney to sell all of the products to a non-Jew until Passover has ended.
After the holiday ends, Rabbi Kullock will buy back the leavened products from Chief Anderson and make a donation to the Nashville Police Department Support Fund, a component of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.