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October 20, 2014
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From the team behind Haggadot.com comes Custom & Craft, a new site for publishing your own Shabbat services and Jewish celebrations. Soon, you'll be able to mix and match prayers, songs, and artwork for Friday night service, Havdalah, mealtime gatherings, and more. Find out more at http://www.customandcraft.org/.
We are currently accepting submissions for artwork from Jewish artists who wish to engage with ritual and Jewish culture, especially Shabbat. If you have already created such work, we would love to see it and share it with our audience! We can also supply a small fee for artists who create work for us. If you have any questions please feel free to contact our Community Coordinator Melissa Karlin. We would be happy to speak with you more about our website, services and how your artwork will be shared and used in our initiative.
We strongly encourage visual artists, writers and performers to apply. Please submit by providing a link to your portfolio website or images in file attachment to melissa@customandcraft.org. 
October 20, 2014
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We're honored to be part of the Slingshot Class of 2014-2015! Check out the full article in EJewishPhilanthropy.
April 13, 2014
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We’re in the home stretch! Passover begins tomorrow night at sunset, so now is the perfect time to put the finishing touches on your Haggadah, and print it out so you have it on hand for your seder. Can't remember everything you should have in your haggadah? We made this cute little video to remind you. Check it out--we're pretty proud of it. 
And if you think your haggadah could use a little something more, here are some of our favorite clips:
Letter From a Slave to His Old Master
Emancipation Proclamation
Who Knows One in Ladino
Vengeance Vs. Empathy
The Four Defense Committee Members
The Four Faces of Oneself
Ten Plagues of Climate Change
"Exodus" by Bob Marley
Dayenu, an exercise in gratitude
Gender neutral god-language wine blessing
A Gefilte Fish Tale
Human Rights Prayer
Elijah's Journey
Olives on the seder plate
Pharaoh Hardened His Own Heart
Ten Plagues, Ten Healings
Karpas--Tears of Exertion
 Wild Geese by Mary Oliver
Need even more inspiration? Head over to the clip library and look for something that inspires you. Or head to our blog for recommendations ofartwork, videos, activities and more that will make your seder something special this year.
 Wishing you a very happy Passover, and excellent seders!
April 8, 2014
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Passover is a few days away, and you’re probably putting the finishing touches on your Haggadot. If you’re looking to add some striking visuals to your Haggadah, we’ve got you covered with over 400 options. Here are some of our favorite pieces of art that you can add to your Haggadah.
Burning Bush
This striking stained glass-like image gives a dreamy feel to the miracle that kicked off the whole story.
 
Chad Gadya
You can’t have the traditional song about a goat without an adorable picture of a baby goat, can you?
A Seder in Europe in 1943
This picture of a seder held in Europe in 1943 depicts dozens of soldiers taking a break from fighting the Nazis to eat some matzah and have the customary four cups of wine.
Lego Slavery
The Israelites suffered greatly under Pharaoh, and this Lego image is surprisingly evocative. Use it as a challenge to the Lego movie lovers in your midst: who can create the most impressive Lego scene from the Exodus?
This is just a taste of all the art we have at Haggadot.com. Choose your favorites for your own Haggadah here.
 
April 8, 2014
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Less than a week to go until the first seder, so it’s time to put the finishing touches on your Haggadot so they’re ready for you on seder night. At Haggadot.com we have tons of text clips that are perfect for your print Haggadot, but we also have dozens of video clips, perfect for helping get you into the mood for Passover, and for playing at your seder if you use electronics on the holiday. Here are some of our favorite video clips:
For the a capella lovers: The Fountainheads Dayenu medley

We guarantee this song will be stuck in your head for hours, plus it has stunning visuals, some excellent costumes, and live camels.
Stop Motion Yachatz

This stop motion video is a deeply creative look at the numbers in the seder, and the way that the breaking of the matzah might symbolize different things.
For the history buffs: Franklin Delano Roosevelt on the Four Freedoms

Which kind of freedom is most valuable to you?
Women of the Wall

If you’ve been following the Women of the Wall controversy, this video is a fascinating look at what it’s really like to be there. A poignant and emotional video that will spur lots of discussion about freedom of religion within Israel.
Check out all of our video clips here, or upload your own.
Did you see our shoutout in the Forward by Jay Michaelson? He wrote, "First things first. Haggadot.com has, in the three years since its launch, become a well-oiled Pesadik machine. Templates, video clips, clean web design — there is no longer any excuse for...
April 2, 2014
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Sure, seder means order, but that doesn’t mean you can’t play around at your seder. In fact, we have over 60 games and activities that will help give your seder a healthy dose of fun. Some of these games are great for young children, but we also have lots that are fun for grown ups, and intergenerational groups, too. Here are some of our favorites:
Afikomen Treasure Hunt by Adam HopkinsDon’t just hide the afikomen, send your guests on a treasure hunt all over the house, tracking down clues that come straight from the story of the Exodus. A nice way to add something new to the traditional afikomen search. 
Yoga for Your Seder Table from Marcus J Freed Marcus Freed runs Bibliyoga.com, and he has a series of clips to add to your haggadah that bring some deep movement into your feast of freedom. These yoga poses can be adapted for any body, and some can even be done while seated at the table. Want to bring a little freedom into your body during the seder? This is a great way to start.
A Guided Visualization for Healing from the Kalsman InstituteWe are all slaves to something, and this guided visualization allows the leader to bring seder participants through a meaningful and deep visualization of slavery, and of releasing the bonds of slavery. A great way to bring some intense energy to your seder.
A Passover Play by Rabbi Daniel BrennerThis 10-minute play is the perfect way to get guests of all ages involved in the story, and get through the Maggid section without putting...
March 26, 2014
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You’ve probably been to some pretty famous seders in your day. The year your toddler cousin accidentally head-butted your dad while searching for the afikoman, and you had to take your dad to the ER to get his nose looked at. The time the roast was completely raw in the middle. The time your uncle drank more than four cups and said some things you all regretted.
Throughout Jewish history, Jews have been having epic seders of all kinds. You may want to forget raw roast, but we’ve got some great clips that will help you bring the spirit of some famous seders to your seder. Here’s hoping that this year your seder will be famous for being so awesome.
Famous Seder: The Last Supper
Famous Because: Jesus led it
Clip recommendations: Spring, Time for Choices and Family by Rabbi Kerry Olitzky examines some of the ways we can approach an interfaith seder respectfully and thoughtfully, bringing many different traditions to one (seder) table
Haggadah and Liberation by Mark looks at the history behind the seder, and explains some of the different understandings of the Last Supper in both Judaism and Christianity.
Famous Seder: The Seder in Bnei Brak
Famous Because: The traditional Haggadah text uses this seder as the paradigm for all long seders—it lasted through the night til dawn
Clip recommendations: Seder in Bnei Brak by Daniel gives the historical context behind the epically long seder, explaining that its length was due in part to the rabbis using the ritual as a cover for some...
March 18, 2014
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Now that Purim is behind us Passover is the next big event on our calendars. And Passover, particularly the seders, require lots of planning, preparing and organizing.
 
Here at Haggadot.com we can’t help you with the house-cleaning, and we don’t remember how many boxes of matzah you had left over at the end of the holiday last year. But we can help you prepare for some truly fantastic seders.
 
Step 1 is to decide whom you’re going to invite. Will it be just family? Mostly close friends? Are you organizing your Temple’s community seder? Think about creating a guest list that will allow you to craft the kind of experience you want to have—maybe you want to focus on families with young children, so that you can make a seder that will really stimulate kids. Or maybe you want a crowd that are all involved in working in one field, or have something particular in common. Think about the kind of conversation you want to have, and who are the best people to invite to create that environment.
 
As you start to get RSVPs, you’re ready to begin more careful planning of what you want your seder to be like. If you’ll have lots of kids at the table, you may want something really interactive, with lots of games and activities. We’ve got you covered, with well over 50 seder games in our clip library. I especially recommend seder bingo, the bitter herb taste test, and the circle of plagues game.  
 
If you have a crowd of singles, maybe you want to promote lots of discussion to get people...
March 12, 2014
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Yes, we’re a Passover-themed website, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a little Purim-inspired fun and silliness. This year, to kick off our Passover preparations we’re sponsoring a caption contest for this picture from someecards.com.

 If you come up with the funniest seder-themed caption you’ll win one of our amazing Shabbatote bags, designed by Haggadot.com founder Eileen Levinson.  

 
There are two ways to enter the contest:
1) Like us on facebook. You’ll see the ecard on our facebook page. Leave your seder caption as a comment on that post.
2) Head over to someecards.com. Choose Create Your Own from the top menu, and then from the dropdown menu select Drinking. Click on Choose an Image, and select drinking. Choose the picture of a man holding a wine glass (bottom row, third from the left). Add your seder caption. When it’s ready, share your card on facebook, and make sure to tag Haggadot.com.
Next week we’ll select the top three entries and post them on facebook. Whichever post gets the most likes will win the tote bags prize.
Deadline for submitting your caption is March 19th. We’ll post the top three on March 20th, and you’ll have until March 24th to like your favorites.
And hey, once your hamantaschen are our of the oven, it’s time to start thinking about what you kind of Haggadah you want to create this year. Head on over to our clip library to see what new and exciting things we have to offer.
Happy Purim from everyone at Haggadot.com!
March 23, 2013
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In a day and a half we'll be gathered around the seder table with our families and friends, ready to begin telling the ancient story of freedom from the bonds of slavery, of our transition from slaves in Egypt to free people in a promised land. Do you have your Haggadah at the ready? If you're still looking for some last minute additions, here are some of our favorite suggestions, mostly from the Neverending Haggadah, a partnership this year between Haggadot.com and the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Philanthropic Network.
Cover -- we love this cartoon, submitted by Eitan Stieber. Don't miss the exodus because you were waiting for your bread to rise!
Introduction--A quick guide to your seder plate, brought to you by Moishe House and MyJewishLearning.com
Kadesh--This inspiring reflection on the four cups of wine comes from the Shalom Hartman Institute, and is sure to get your seder conversation flowing. 
Urchatz--Why do we wash our hands without a blessing, and then break bread without eating it? This ritualwell source, submitted by Lisa Friedman, helps us answer this puzzling question.
Karpas--JQ International GLBT Haggadah gives us this new take on karpas, suggesting we eat a fruit salad, instead of a sprig of parsley,  to recognize the different kinds of people in our lives, and their collective potential.
Yachatz--If you're looking to think deeply about matzah, and what it truly means, this reading from A Way In Jewish Mindfulness Program, uses the physicality of the matzah...

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