Womens seder in Oakland draws 600

Each participant drank from a goblet to symbolize the water from Miriam's well, which quenched the thirst of the ancient Israelites during their journey in the Sinai Desert.

Local artists also designed similar Miriam's cups that were sold at a silent auction during the evening's festivities.

Organizers said attendance more than doubled from last year. Analyzing the large number, co-chair Mary Anne Winig said, "Women are really looking for…that sisterhood connection."