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Learn About Seder at Duquesne During One Book, One Community Campaign

Duquesne University's Gumberg Library, in partnership with the Allegheny County Library Association's One Book, One Community campaign, will host Dr. Aaron Mackler on Tuesday, March 19, at noon on the fifth floor of the library for a brown bag lunch discussion.

One Book, One Community is a regional campaign supported by local library systems, schools and booksellers that are committed to encouraging a sense of community while promoting literacy.

Mackler, an associate professor in the theology department and a rabbi, will present The Passover Seder and the Haggadah and explain how the Seder, Judaism's home ritual meal celebrating the Exodus from Egypt, is traditionally observed. The event will conclude with a tour of the Gumberg Library's Rabbi Herman Hailperin Collection.

This year's One Book, One Community selection is People of the Book by Pulitzer Prize-winner Geraldine Brooks. It chronicles the journey of the renowned Sarajevo Haggadah, an illuminated Hebrew manuscript created in the 15th century, as it travels through centuries of exile and war.

A copy of People of the Book can be purchased at Barnes&Noble@Duquesne or found at many local public libraries. Visit Gumberg Library's website to learn more about the Sarajevo Haggadah, Passover and other themes from the novel.

This event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, call 412.396.6136.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.