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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Passover Seder

This Passover seder you could dine with an oligarch.

Israeli-Russian billionaire Arkady Gaidamak might attend the VIP seder at Moscow's Choral Synagogue, a synagogue representative said. Tickets are $200, and are the hottest in Moscow of all the ceremonial meals held on the first and second night of Passover.

The Jewish festival starts Monday, and places at tables around town are still available.

Also at the Choral Synagogue (10 Bolshoi Spasoglinishchevsky Per., 940-5557, M. Kitai-Gorod), there's a no-frills meal for 30 rubles, presided over by one of the congregation's junior rabbis. About 2,000 rubles will get you into a dinner with better food. Both options run on the first two nights, while the $200 VIP meal is only on the first. All start at 9 p.m., though prayers begin at 7:30 p.m.

An English-speaking seder takes place Monday only at Marina Roshcha synagogue (5A 2nd Vysheslavstev Per., 130-6528, M. Savyolovskaya), home of the Lubavitch group in Moscow. It's free and starts at 8 p.m.

The progressive movement in Russia holds its seders at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday (14/1 Volochayevskaya Ul., 632-5598, M. Kurskaya). A place costs 300 rubles.

You can buy matza, unleavened bread like that eaten during the Biblical exodus of the Jews from Egypt, at the Marina Roshcha and Choral Synagogue stores, as well as at the kosher supermarket (45 Trifonovskaya Ul., 626-8728, M. Rizhskaya). The restaurants in both synagogues will be closed for the duration of the festival.