Once a year, Phoenix becomes a spring training mecca, where tens of thousands go out relax or just to cheer on their favorite baseball players as they practice for the coming season.
This year, Jon Moscot of the Cincinnati Reds decided to take part in his spiritual spring training: the Pesach Seder at Chabad of Goodyear, Arizona.
On Friday night, just hours after his last pitch of the spring training season, the Cincinnati Reds Pitcher attended the first Public Seder held by Chabad in Goodyear together with another 65 men women and children from all over the area.
When it was Moscot’s turn to introduce himself, he said, “I’ve gotten to know very well the local Chabad in California where I live, and I must say, every time I meet a Chabad Rabbi, I truly appreciate their warm smile and welcoming atmosphere.”
During the Seder, Moscot spoke to some of the other attendees, and expressed how fortunate he is to know his local Chabad Shluchim in Pacific Palisades.
Jon also expressed publicly how truly thankful he was for the invitation by Rabbi Berel Zaklikofsky, the local Chabad Rabbi in Goodyear, AZ who he has known for the last few years, and also expressed how he loved the High Holiday Services a few years back in Goodyear at the Comfort Suites Hotel.
All those who participated were very thankful for the beautiful Seder and for the standing room only event that was marked as a “historic turnout” for the community. They are already looking forward to next year’s Seder, as the attendance is expected to double.
Photos taken before Yom Tov