Hittner Family Passover Seder Combines Faith and Politics
April 11, 2012

Faith and politics helped set the stage for a festive evening  during the 12th annual second night of Passover Seder hosted by the Hittner family.

George and wife, Erica, Judge David Hittner and  Dr. Helen Mintz-Hittner invited friends, family and associates of all faiths to read from the Haggadah and break bread during a traditional seder dinner of bitter herbs, eggs and wine.

The memorable moment of the evening happened when George, general counsel for American Traffic Solutions, presented souvenir red light camera signs to City Attorney Dave Feldman and Paul Kubosh, who led the successful fight to take down red light cameras in Houston.

With the Texas primary only weeks away, there were also plenty of political candidates and elected officials in the crowd including U.S. Senator candidate Ted Cruz, State Representative Candidate Gene Wu and City Councilwoman Ellen Cohen.

Other VIP guests: Public Relations Whiz Cindy Clifford, Jason Fuller, former Kemah Mayor Bill King, Grant Dorfman, Carl Davis, Bob and Carol Martin and many others.

I have enjoyed being invited to the Hittner’s annual tradition. George mentioned that the event could move to Phoenix next year, where he and Erica live.


You Don’t Have To Be Jewish To Appreciate This Passover Seder
April 20, 2011

It has become one of the most popular social and religious celebrations in Houston. A night when members of the Hittner family open their hearts to share their tradition and faith with grateful friends.

For the eleventh year, Judge David Hittner and  Dr. Helen Mintz-Hittner, along with their son George and his new bride, Erica, hosted a Second Night of Passover Seder.  

They invited a large group of Jewish and non-Jewish friends and family to celebrate the evening at Damian’s Cucina Italiana

Traditionally, George serves as the leader throughout the evening and calls on people to read passages from the Haggadah, which tells the story of the Jewish people’s exodus from Egypt and out of bondage.

This was my third year attending the Hittner Seder.  I remain impressed by how the family manages to strike a balance between a solemn commemoration and a heartwarming, almost jovial, atmosphere.

The food is just as important as the reading of the text.   The menu consisted of the  Hittner family recipe of  “chicken with seeds,”  matzoh ball soup, haroset, unleavened bread, sour pickles, my favorite cheesecake dessert and a lot of  wine.

The evening ended with the reading of the poignant final sentence in the Haggadah, “Next Year In Jerusalem!!” 

There were a lot of friendly and familiar faces attending the Hittner Family 2nd Night of Passover Seder:  Jim Grace, Ted Cruz, Carl Davis, Jessica Colon, Bob and Carol Martin, David and Adriana Bain, Sonia Soto, Mustafa Tameez,Catarina Gonzales Cron, Bob Jones and many more.

Sharing Your Faith With Friends and Family
April 10, 2009

On Thursday night I was fortunate to attend an annual Seder Dinner hosted by Senior U.S. Federal Judge David Hittner, his son attorney  George Hittner  and George’s mother, Helen Mintz Hittner.  It was one of those nights that reminded us that despite our differences, there is so much we can learn from each other.

Judge David Hittner, Mary Benton, George J. Hittner

Judge David Hittner, Mary Benton, George J. Hittner

It was the family’s “9th Annual – 2nd Night of Passover Seder”, and it  was  an inspiring and educational  evening, that drew more than 200 people from across Houston and around the country. 


Most of them Jewish, but many  were Christians like me.

And for those of the Jewish faith, the Seder, is the most important event in the Passover celebration.

Throughout  the evening we  ate from a special plate containing five foods (including bitter herbs and a hard boiled egg) to remind people of the Israelites  struggle in the journey to freedom.

We  drank  wine ( 4 glasses to represent the four stages of the  Exodus)

And,  took turns reading from a booklet known as the Haggadah, which tells the story of   Passover, and the Jews continuing search for liberation.

Reading The Haggadah
Reading The Haggadah