The current installment of the COEC began meeting in 2007.

We are currently on a "break," for no particular reason, and many little reasons - mostly pertaining to life circumstances. If anyone is interested in calling a meeting, feel free to post on the blog, join the google group (see link below) and send an email, or contact either Nancy (nancykj10@yahoo.com) or Jesse (schroeder.jesse@gmail.com) for more information.

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Seder Saturday

Next Saturday, we will gather at 4pm at the Cohoons for a passover seder and potluck dinner. For planning purposes, please comment on the blog stating if you are coming and if you will be bringing any guests, as well as what you can bring. Pasted below are the elements of the seder dinner (from Wikipedia):

  • Maror and Chazeret: Two types of bitter herbs, symbolizing the bitterness and harshness of the slavery which the Jews endured in Ancient Egypt. For maror, many people use freshly grated horseradish or whole horseradish root. Chazeret is typically romaine lettuce, whose roots are bitter-tasting. Either the horseradish or romaine lettuce may be eaten in fulfillment of the mitzvah of eating bitter herbs during the Seder.
  • Charoset: A sweet, brown, pebbly paste of fruits and nuts, representing the mortar used by the Jewish slaves to build the storehouses of Egypt.
  • Karpas: A vegetable other than bitter herbs, usually parsley but sometimes something such as celery or cooked potato, which is dipped into salt water (Ashkenazi custom), vinegar (Sephardi custom), or charoset (older custom, still common amongst Yemenite Jews) at the beginning of the Seder.
  • Zeroa: A roasted lamb or goat bone, symbolizing the korban Pesach (Pesach sacrifice), which was a lamb offered in the Temple in Jerusalem and was then roasted and eaten as part of the meal on Seder night.
  • Beitzah: A hard boiled egg, symbolizing the korban chagigah (festival sacrifice) that was offered in the Temple in Jerusalem and was then eaten as part of the meal on Seder night.

Seder signup:

Maror and/or Chazeret: Nikki/Ian
Charoset: Newbys
Karpas: Nikki/Ian
Beitzah: Nikki/Ian

Matzah crackers: Nikki/Ian
Wine for seder: Nick

Keep in mind, we will probably have 2-3 seder plates, though we will only need enough of each thing for "ceremonial" tasting. 

For dinner, we will be making a matzo ball soup of some variation, deviled eggs, and I found a fun recipe for chocolate covered matzah crackerswith pistachios   and other goodies. 

I can arrange/find the Haggadah, but I did want to share this website I heard about on NPR: haggadot.com. It allows you to compile a Haggadah that is traditional or modern, a mix, etc. It can be very politically focused, or created especially for interfaith groupings, and it is sort of a Wiki that many people contribute text, video clips, and various elements. I thought it seemed a very cohort way to go about it, since we went a more traditional route last year. Thoughts? If anyone checks out the website and likes certain elements, you can send them to me, or if we want to go really hive mind, I've created an account using my email and the password "cohort13." I can act as the editor to keep it from getting too unwieldy. Too complicated or does it sound interesting?

Hope to see everyone Saturday!



Hi all,  many among us will be out of town this weekend and the Newbys have a lot on their plate and cannot host, so we are going to go ahead and cancel this weeks gathering.  It is Palm Sunday.  Consider finding a nice faith community to attend and wave some palms.  Or stay at home and read or pray or meditate.  Whatever you do, I hope you have an enriching holy week.  We will gather on Saturday for our Seder/Passover meal.  We will be posting directions and requests for items soon.


Community Night at Miller's

March 17    4-6pm 

179 Bridgeport Way, Delaware, OH 43015

Please join us as we share a meal and share updates from our personal journeys in an effort to enhance our sense of community.

Meal:  We will provide the main entree which in honor of St. Patrick's Day will have a Irish connection of some sort.

Please RSVP and inform us as to which sides, snacks or desserts you will be able to contribute.

We will share communion.

Hope everyone will be able to make it!


Sunday March 10th Gathering

Hi everyone -

This Sunday March 10 we will gather at 3pm at the Schroeder's house in Grove City Nancy's House in German Village for an open and friendly discussion. The topic is from the Animate : Faith series, entitled "Cross: Where God Is." The speaker is Nadia Bolz-Weber, a tatted Lutheran pastor of an Emergent church in Denver.

Here is a sample:

Since the topic is about the cross, I thought it could be interesting if everyone brought a cross that they own personally. I know that in our house, I could find at least 10 - from wall hangings, to jewelry, to artwork - crosses are all around us. And sometimes they hold significance. So bring one or two of your personal crosses to share. How does the image, icon and idea of the cross impact your every day life?

As always, everyone is welcome! We'll try to have some snacks and coffee, but feel free to bring drinks or a light snack to share!

If you need directions or more info, you can email me (Jesse) at schroeder.jesse@gmail.com