(RNS) — Nearly a decade ago, Laurie Moskowitz and her family stopped attending their Washington, D.C., synagogue’s service on the eve of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year. Instead, for the past nine years, the family has opted for a Rosh Hashana Seder, the meal traditionally celebrated by Jews each spring at Passover.

“When I first did this, I thought, ‘This is awesome,’ It brings a new meaning to it,” said Moskowitz, a political consultant, the mother of two boys and a member of Adas Israel Congregation in Washington. “It’s become fun and popular with our friends. It’s great to promote something that gives meaning to the holiday.”

It turns out that a Seder on Rosh Hashana is not an oxymoron.  During a 2011 stay

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