Grossinger's Passover

A descendent of the founders of the resort that inspired Dirty Dancing is now the hospitality directory at a Jewish retirement community in Lauderhill, Florida. In the spirit of Passover, which starts tomorrow, Elaine Grossinger Etess tells the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel her memories of seders at Grossinger's:

Etess, who lives in Boca Raton, says Passover was a big deal at Grossinger’s, with more than 1,200 people spending the entire holiday there each year.

“It was my favorite time of the year up there,” says Etess. “I like the message of Passover and the fact that it brings families together for meals, even people who are not all that observant. There’s a feeling of family and tradition. And it’s one of the holidays that really hasn’t been modernized.”

At Grossinger’s, there was a cantor, rabbi and a choir for the Seder.