Family time is at the core of most holidays, alongside celebrating with a community of faith. In this time of the coronavirus, we must focus on our own families and go online to connect virtually with our wider community. The Jewish holiday Passover begins at sundown on Wednesday, April 8, and ends at nightfall on Thursday, April 16. We've gathered up a few Seattle-area Passover virtual events and celebrate-at-home resources. Happy Passover to all!
Virtual Passover events
Sunday, April 5: Prep & Practice: Passover
Click the Zoom link above to join the Kavana Cooperative for a family session exploring how we celebrate Passover. Families need to preregister by emailing in advance. This program is intended for families with kids ages 4–11.
Monday, April 6: J Kids Live With SJCC
Tune in via Zoom or Facebook Live from 2–2:30 p.m. for a Passover-themed session of J Kids Live featuring interactive songs, stories, jokes, learning and more.
Monday, April 6: “For in Haste You Left Egypt!” An Un-Seder Experience
Register at the Zoom link above and join educator Beth Huppin (JFS), Rabbi Samuel Klein (Jewish Federation) and musical artist Chava Mirel for a virtual Seder exploring the feeling of coming out of Egypt through stories and ritual. Organizers promise a uniquely different Seder and a night of celebration. Virtual event takes place 7–8:30 p.m.
April 7–9: Virtual PJ Library Song and Story Times:
Grab a scarf, make your own shaker and tune in via Zoom for musical story time with Betsy, ongoing every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 11 a.m.
Wednesday, April 8: J Kids Live With SJCC
This edition of J Kids Live (2–2:30 p.m. via Zoom and Facebook Live) will feature a Passover art project.
Friday, April 10: J Kids Live With SJCC
Join a Passover Shabbat for kids on Zoom or Facebook Live, 2–2:30 p.m., and learn more about the Passover story.
Resources for families
Chabad.org has put together a resource page with ideas and guidance on celebrating your Seder at home with limited supplies.
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.
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.
Reminding us that Jews have been adapting to changing circumstances for some 5,000 years, the organization Seder2020 seeks to provide resources and help families join a virtual Seder or host one of their own (virtually, of course).
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