The week-long holiday of Passover, in which we celebrate our Exodus from Egypt, gives us several opportunities to come together as a community.
Thursday, March 18
6:30 p.m. – Virtual Women’s Seder
Join us for our annual women’s Seder. This year we will include elements from everyone’s favorite chocolate Seder. Registration is $5 per person and will include a gift bag that includes items to participate in the Seder and some other fun goodies.
Register here. Once you have registered, you will receive a link to join the program and information about picking up your supplies.
Saturday, March 20
12:30 p.m. –Next Year in Jerusalem: The Seder as a Rehearsal for Redemption
What happens when we tell the same story year after year for generations? It becomes our ethos and mythology, implying that the final chapters of the story have yet to be written. Where does that story lead? Join Liturgist Alden Solovy for a look at the Seder, its symbols and its script –the Hagaddah – to understand the annual drama of Passover.
Registration here. Once you register, you will be e-mailed a link to join the Zoom program.
Made possible through funds from the Ruzena and Fred Levy Speaker Fund
Thursday, March 25
9:00 a.m. – Fast of the Firstborn
It is an ancient and widespread custom for the firstborn to fast on the day before Passover. This commemorates the miracle which spared the firstborn Jewish sons from the plague which struck down the firstborn sons of the Egyptians. Usually the fast is broken at a siyum celebration (typically made at the conclusion of the morning services or study in this case), which, according to prevailing custom, creates an atmosphere of rejoicing that overrides the requirement to continue the fast. This year it is celebrated on Thursday because Passover begins on Shabbat.
Saturday, March 27
6:00 p.m. – 1st Night Virtual Seder
Join the UH clergy from the comfort of your own dining room for our annual Passover Seder.
Please make sure that your name is clear when you sign in. We will not let anyone into the Seder who is not registered or whose name we do not recognize. Once you register, you will be e-mailed a link to join the Zoom program. View the seder book here.
Sunday, March 28
9:00 a.m. – Passover Service
Live-stream from R&R Ranch
6:00 p.m. – 2nd Night Seder for Young Families with Rabbi Bellows and a JKids Radio All-Star Musical Passover Seder Video
This musical Seder is a perfect family activity and features a true all-star collection of the top artists in Jewish kids music: Ellen Allard, Shira Kline, Nefesh Mountain, Elana Jagoda, Eliana Light, Rabbi Josh Warshawsky, Joanie Leeds, and Rick Recht.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
JKids All-Star Musical Passover Seder Kit!
Saturday, April 3
Sunday, April 4
12:00 p.m. – Mimouna Program with Dana Koren, UH’s Shinshinit.
Moroccan Jews have long marked the end of Passover with a more established ritual, a raucous tradition known as Mimouna. Soon after sunset on the last night of the holiday, they indulge in the first leavened food since Passover began: moufleta, a pan-cooked cake smeared with butter and honey. Join Dana Koren, UH’s Shinshinit, and her family from Israel as they teach us how to make this delicious treat. We will e-mail the recipe to those attending if you would like to cook with us or just follow along and try it yourself later.
Order Passover Takeaway Meals from UH Catering – The window for ordering meals has closed. Please contact Elayne Grossberg with questions.
Haggadah for UH First Night Seder: Coming Soon
Jewish Telegraphic Agency – From Seinfeld to WWII Morocco, these new Haggadah options will spice up your Passover Seder
UH Digital Haggadah – For families who would like to lead their own seder – we’ve put together a Haggadah with the music for your use. You can start, pause, stop at your convenience to go at your own pace, have discussions, or add your own readings.
How to Celebrate Passover While “Staying at Home”
Reformjudaism.org has many Passover resources on their website including how to attend a virtual seder, Passover playlists, family friendly activities and How to Make Your Virtual Seder Lively, Engaging, and Meaningful.
Haggadah Companion by Alden Solovy
Our former Liturgist-in-Residence, Alden Solovy, has created a downloadable PDF version of his Haggadah Companion, offering 18 lovely readings to enliven your Seder. The print volume sells for $12.99. The PDF is available for $5.99, but for an additional $1.00 off, use the coupon code “freedom” (without the quotes) at checkout. Click here to purchase.
NCJW’s Passover Seder Insert on Human Trafficking.
For more on the history and traditions of Passover, click here.