For the fourth year in a row, Melissa and Doug Landau hosted students from William & Mary, as well as the University of Virginia, Johns Hopkins and Columbia, to a holiday meal. The Landaus had hosted this annual event in Williamsburg during the previous three years. However, with the graduation of their youngest from the college of William and Mary in May, it was time for a new venue.
The Landaus were asked if they would continue the tradition. So, now that many of the students are working in the Washington, DC area, the Landau’s hosted these young professionals to a traditional Seder meal during the Passover and Easter weekend. Even with the new location and busy work schedules, 18 students congregated at the Landau’s house, many bringing cover dishes and recipes of their own. “It was wonderful to see the students from different schools interacting,” noted Doug Landau, “and the food could not be beat.”
As in the past, the rules were: the students were not allowed to drive after the cups of wine were consumed and they could bring their own pillows, covered dishes and refreshments. Doug Landau made breakfast for everyone the next morning. There was plenty of singing, rejoicing, table banging, and laughter. The Landaus hope to have even more students join them next year and Melissa will do an encore performance of the hit song, “There’s no Seder like our Seder.”