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Filming a Feast

The Dubroff sisters know gefilte fish. For more than 40 years, the three octogenarian women — Peppy Barer, Rosie Groman and Sophie Patasnik — have been preparing a Passover Seder for 60 to 110 relatives and friends. Work begins six weeks in advance for the feast, which is held in Barer’s home in Newburgh, N.Y.

Relying on recipes that are almost a century old, the Brooklyn-born women roll up their sleeves and make cholent, horseradish, sponge cake and, of course, gefilte fish. The documentary “Gefilte Fish Chronicles” tells the story of a culturally and religiously diverse family that stays connected through Passover traditions.

“Gefilte Fish Chronicles” airs Sunday, April 1, at 7 p.m. on WNET (Channel 13, New York). For more information, visit


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