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‘Kosher Hams’ team with TJFS for Greater Seder

Tampa Jewish Family Services and the “Kosher Hams”, the informal group that writes and performs the Greater Seder every year, have announced that Greater Seder will now be produced under the auspices of TJFS.

Greater Seder is an “alternative” second night Seder. It is presented in the form of an originally written musical comedy in which the Kosher Hams interweave their own comedy skits and song parodies with the blessings, prayers and stories of Passover.

Since its founding in 2006, attendance at Greater Seder has increased steadily; more than 240 persons attended Hoe Down Moses, the 2013 Greater Seder event.

For many years, the net proceeds from Greater Seder events have been donated to Tampa Jewish Family Services’ Community Food Bank.

At the same time, the agency has become a key sponsor of Greater Seder. This partnership set the stage for Greater Seder to be brought “in house” to TJFS.

Under the new arrangement, TJFS will perform administration and marketing functions for Greater Seder, freeing up the Kosher Hams to do what they do best: write and perform a musical comedy Seder.

Greater Seder, in turn, will effectively convert from an unofficial TJFS fundraiser to an official fundraising event for TJFS. This conversion is significant: now all donations collected by Greater Seder – particularly sponsors’and patrons’donations – will be tax deductible (to the extent permitted by law); so it is expected that this new relationship will result in a higher level of donations to TJFS than Greater Seder was able to generate on its own.

The 2014 Greater Seder, Magical Matzo Tour: A Psychedelic Seder will be performed on April 15 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Tampa. See or for more information.

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