Stranded at the New York auto show, Jewish car writers meet for a (corporately sponsored) seder

Religion News Service | 4/19/2019 | Staff
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NEW YORK (RNS) — Several dozen auto writers disembarked from a chartered bus on Thursday (April 17) in front of Katz’s Deli on New York’s Lower East Side, identifiable from their New York International Auto Show press badges and business casual attire, and pushed their way through the crowd of tourists to back tables set with seder plates, matzo, and haroset.

“Welcome to the sixth annual JAWS Passover seder,” said Russell Datz, national media relations manager at Volvo, using the acronym for the Jewish Auto Writers Society, which Datz founded back in 2013.

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“You had lots of events to choose from,” he told the crowd, “so thanks for making the schlep.”

Russell Datz and Dan Passe bless the wine during the Jewish Auto Writers Society Passover seder at Katz’s Deli in New York on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. RNS photo by Zachary Schulman.

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The three media days that kick off the New York auto show, one of the largest and most influential auto events in North America, are grueling for any car reviewer. After spending all day touring carmakers’ showrooms in the cavernous Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, writers hop from one evening event to the other to make sure they don’t miss any new products or big reveals.

For Jews who cover the car industry, this big-city whirl, which often falls when family back home is gathering for Passover, can be an especially lonesome prospect.

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“Whoever schedules the (auto) show must have a seder they don’t want to go to,” joked Jamie Kitman of Automobile Magazine, who has covered the industry for decades.

The Passover seder at Katz’s is a respite. Now in its sixth year, it has also become a mainstay of the New York show — held, as it was this year, just a couple of days before the holiday begins. It has attracted...
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