Tampa, FL -- A large crowd of people gathered in celebration of Passover Sunday afternoon in Tampa.

The Passover Seder is a ritual meal - usually served on the first night, or first two nights, of Passover - commemorating the exodus of the Jews from Egypt.

There was a dramatic performance of the story - which was open to the public - at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, thanks to the Shoresh David Messianic Synagogue.

Those in attendance were able to eat a Seder meal, dance and listen to music too.

Ron Leef is an elder from the Shoresh David Messianic Synagogue and

says, "God actually tells us in our scripture why we are to do this and if you read it in the book of Leviticus 23, it tells us that God wants us to remember what he has done for us - how he has taken us out of slavery and brought us into the promise land to receive all of the promises that he has for us."

Leef says the gathering is unique. "Most Jewish people, non-messianic people, celebrate in a home as a family because the Seder is designed as a family event. We are doing a community event because we want to bring together people from around the community to understand this history, this biblical story, and to have a better relationship with God."

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