Family time is at the core of most holidays, alongside celebrating with a community of faith. Even though we are seeing the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, we must continue to celebrate with our own families and go online to connect virtually with our wider community.
In 2021, the Jewish holiday of Passover begins at sundown on Saturday, March 27, and ends at nightfall on Sunday, April 4. We've gathered up a few in-real-life Passover events for Seattle-area families, plus virtual events and resources for your celebrations. Happy Passover to all!
Sunday, March 21: Passover Centerpiece with Sit and Kit
Join Bellevue based Sit and Kit craft studio online for a Passover centerpiece workshop using clay. Pick up supplies at the Bellevue location. Best for kids age 5–10. Choose from sessions at 10 a.m. and noon.
Sunday, March 21: Passover Story Walk
Stroll through Mercerdale Park on Mercer Island while reading the story of Passover and collecting souvenirs, 2:30–3:30 p.m. Free; RSVP requested.
Sunday, March 21: Plan Your Passover
Click the Zoom link above to join Kavana Cooperative for a parent session to help plan your family's Passover celebration. Participants need to preregister by email, in advance. This program is intended for families with kids ages 8 and older. The virtual event starts at 4 p.m.
Friday, March 26: Passover Cupcakes at the J
Preorder a delicious Passover-approved treat from Trophy Cupcakes, then pick them up at the Stroum Jewish Community Center on March 26 to kick off your Passover celebration.
Friday, March 26 and April 2: Virtual Passover Tot Shabbat
Two special Passover editions of the weekly Tot Shabbat event presented by the Stroum Jewish Community Center. Join Chava Mirel for Passover themed songs and fun. Tot Shabbat is held each Friday at 9:45 a.m on Zoom or on Facebook live. Free. Geared towards ages 5 and younger. Register in advance for the Zoom link.
Sunday, March 28: Kol Ami Zoom Community Seder
All are welcome to join Kol Ami, a center based out of Kirkland, for a musical, family-friendly Seder. The virtual event starts at 5:30 p.m. Register in advance.
Tuesday, March 30: AJC Virtual Passover
Register at the Zoom link above and join AJC Seattle with Rabbi Jim Mirel and musical artist Chava Mirel for a virtual Seder. Participants will explore the story of Passover and everyone will be encouraged to participate in the discussion. The virtual event takes place 6–7:30 p.m.
Resources for families:
Celebrating Passover During the Coronavirus: Chabad.org has put together a resource page with ideas and guidance on celebrating your Seder at home.
Seder-to-Go Kits from Chabad of Capitol Hill and the Central District: Kits help people celebrate at home with supplies that include traditional foods, instructions, a jumping frog toy and more. Reserve your kit at the link above. Donations welcome.
Seder-to-Go Kits from Chabad of Pierce County and Olympia: South Sound-area families can also pick up Passover Seder kits that include supplies and instructions. Reserve yours at the link above. Donations welcome.
Seder-at-Home Resources From Chabad of Shoreline: This page offers step-by-step instructions, a shopping list (including guidance on quantities needed depending on the number of people in your family), recipes and a printable Haggadah.
PJ Library at-Home Passover Resources for Kids: PJ Library has pulled together tons of Passover resources with kids in mind. Find activities, songs, crafts and more to make your Passover extra special this year.
Haggadahs for use at home:
“A Different Night: A Family Participation Haggadah” by Noam Zion and David Dishon
“The Other Side of the River, the Other Side of the Sea,” T'ruah's Human Rights Haggadah