April 18th, 2011
07:32 PM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Obamas will mark the beginning of Passover with a Seder at the White House Monday evening with family friends, White House employees and some of their family members.
Obama hosted his first Seder in Pennsylvania in 2008, when the presidential candidate gathered a group of Jewish and non-Jewish staffers for an impromptu Seder in Harrisburg after a long day on the campaign trail. The Seders that followed at the White House in 2009 and 2010 were held in the Old Family Dining Room and included the same group, plus other staffers and family.
Danielle Borrin, Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement and liaison to the Jewish community, wrote Monday about the Jewish Passover tradition on the White House blog. She said among the family recipes on the White House menu this year "are a traditional chicken soup with matzoh balls, braised beef brisket, potato kugel, carrot soufflé, and matzoh chocolate cake."
Guidance from the White House is that this year's dinner "will be not strictly kosher but kosher style," and they will again use the Maxwell House Passover Haggadah.