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Survey: Nearly All Israeli Jews Will Join a Passover Seder, Even if Some Won’t Enjoy It

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A Passover Seder in Mevasseret Zion, near Jerusalem, April 14, 2011. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

Over 96 percent of Israeli Jews plan to sit down and participate in a Passover Seder on Friday evening, while only 87.5 percent say they enjoy festive family holiday meals, according to a poll by the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI).

As Passover coincides this year with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the IDI asked both Jews and Muslims whether they like family holiday meals. The poll found that overall 95 percent of Muslims enjoy the meals versus 87.5 percent of Jews.

Among the Jewish Israeli population, an analysis by political orientation showed that on the left, just over one-third said that they very much like holiday family meals, compared with almost one-half of respondents in the center and almost two-thirds on the right.

Asked where they will be celebrating the Seder night, the biggest share of Israeli Jews (49 percent) responded that they plan to celebrate at the home of relatives or friends.

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Some 41 percent said they will hold a Seder at home, 6 percent said that they will be abroad or at a vacation site in Israel, and only 2 percent said that they will not celebrate the Seder at all. No differences were recorded between Haredi and secular respondents, between those of different political orientations, or between younger and older age groups, the IDI said.

The survey was conducted between March 29 and April 1, using internet and telephone interviews with a nationally representative sample of 605 men and women questioned in Hebrew, and 156 in Arabic.

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