Obama Appeals to Jewish Voters With White House Seder

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is hosting close friends and staff at a private White House meal to mark Passover.

It's part of the new president's effort to reach out to Jewish voters.

The Seder meal is traditional, including matzo, bitter herbs, a roasted egg and greens in the family dining room in the executive mansion, according to the White House. The evening is featuring the reading of the Haggadah, the religious text of the holiday.

Passover began at sundown Wednesday. It celebrates the Jewish exodus from Egypt after 400 years of slavery.

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