Barack and Michelle Obama Host White House Seder


obama-sederFor the seventh year in a row, President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, hosted the annual White House Seder.

The Seder provides an opportunity for the First Family to join in retelling the story of Yetzias Mitzrayim. In recounting the story, they joined their guests in performing the Seder rituals and acknowledged how this story has inspired generations of Americans in the struggle for civil rights.

This year’s Seder continued a new tradition of having a guest chef. Susan Barocas, one of the inaugural guest chefs from last year – and Washington-based filmmaker and foodie – returned again this year to assist White House Chef Cris Comerford with the meal and brought new additions to the menu, including Moroccan Charoses Balls and dishes emphasizing seasonal ingredients, including beets, squash, spring onions, radishes, arugula, potatoes, and sweet potatoes. These recipes were combined with family recipes provided by several of the Seder’s attendees.

The full menu for this year, prepared by White House Chef Cris Comerford, White House Pastry Chef Susan Morrison, and Susan Barocas, included:

Gefilte fish


Moroccan Charises Balls (

Chicken Soup with Matzoh Balls

Beet and Butternut Squash Salad

Sauté of Green Onions and Radish

Carrot Soufflé

Roasted Potatoes with Garlic and Onion

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Savory Brisket

Seared Salmon with Roasted Artichokes

Chicken with Preserved Lemons and Green Olives

Raspberry Ganache Marjolaine

Triple Layer Chocolate Macaroon Cake

Chocolate Chunk Cinnamon Macaroons

Almond Coconut Macaroons

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  1. People should also know about the Muslim Ramadan break fast meal (as well as other things from the Notzrim and other religions that they do at the White House), to put this in perspective.

  2. What time was it over? Our Majesty, may he live to host many more sedarim, needs to get his sleep. His Materialisticness needs to have a plan if he doesn’t want a repeat of Jewish history (just this time, there will be an exodus of Jews from HIS country if things don’t start getting better).