Raise A Glass! Passover Starts Tonight!

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Raise A Glass! Passover Starts Tonight! 

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Our Top Five Tips For Tomorrow! You've Got This!

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Hey Seder-Makers, it's almost time for Passover!
Here's our TOP FIVE tips for a great night!

1. Go Easy On Yourself

Want to have a short seder? That's ok! Take it easy on yourself and it will still be meaningful. 
Download the Minimalist Haggadah10-Minute Dayenu Seder, the #FriendSeder or the Seder Guide from OneTable. And don't forget, you can use any of our Featured Haggadahs as your starting point, or add something new or from our clip library .

2. Prioritize

What is the one thing you want to get out of this holiday? Does it mean you watch videos during the seder, then let the kids color while the adults continue chatting? Do you want skits & laughter? A marathon of song parodies? Prioritize what you need this year from Passover and it will be meaningful. 

3. Connect With Community

Passover is all about gathering together and telling the story of our collective journey from slavery to freedom. Find a seder to join, or invite your friends and family to celebrate with you on our new events platform Powered By OneTable. Discover Passover events online and in your community.

4. Be In The Moment

In challenging times, Passover is an opportunity to reflect on what is happening in our lives, give gratitude, tell our stories and reconnect to the rhythm of Jewish time. Bring this current moment into your celebration by adding new symbolic items to your seder plate. Make space for the people of Ukraine with our Seder Supplement or take a moment to exhale with our Passover Meditation Guide.

5. Don't Let Tech Get In The Way

Online seders aren't about technology - they're just a great way to ease connection.
We recommend downloading your PDF Haggadah BEFORE your seder to avoid any stressful last-minute issues. Our team is here to help UNTIL FRIDAY at 6:00 PM ET.

Wishing you heartfelt, uplifting, connective & surprising seders,
The Haggadot.com Team

Watch the Webinar: Welcoming the Stranger

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Your Passover seder can be an opportunity to show solidarity with refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine. In this session, educators from HIAS and Paideia share haggadot, resources, activities and practical tools to talk about displacement and the global refugee crisis at your seder.  The webinar concludes with Q&A about the current situation of Ukrainian refugees in Europe.

 

We are grateful to our partners at HIAS and Paideia, as well as our presenters Rabbi Megan Doherty, Avital Shein and Meiron Avidan for sharing their ideas and experiences with us. 

If you've been inspired to make space for refugees at your Passover seder, download your copy of the HIAS Haggadah, or to add the HIAS DayenuKiddush Blessing or Poem to your haggadah. You can download our new Honoring the People of Ukraine Seder Supplement or find creative seder plate items to add to your table.  


The HIAS Passover page also features the Gishur Passover resource

 

 

Knock Knock! 🤣🤣 Your Seder Needs These Laughs!

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Hey Passover Pals! Get ready to laugh out loud at your seder when you download our updated Comedy Seder. Or add jokes, parodiesskits & games to any haggadah and bring the funny.

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Watch the Webinar: Challenging the Carbon Pharaohs

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Join Rabbi Arthur Waskow and Rabbi Phyllis Berman from the Shalom Center as they guide us through new Tellings of the Haggadah, looking back at history and at the call for earth justice in our current moment. Together, they’ll share insights into their new Earth & Justice Freedom-Seder challenging the Corporate Carbon Pharaohs, the Iftar-Seder bringing together Muslims and Jews as Passover and Ramadan coincide, and the impact of the Freedom Seder more than 50 years later.


Explore the offerings of the Shalom Center, including the 50th Anniversary Interfaith Freedom Seder, the Freedom Seder for the Earth and the new version of Let My People Go sung by Rabbi Waskow.

 

 

The Best Seder I Ever Attended…In May

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Best Seder Ever
By Julee S. Levine
 
I’m 49 years old. So if I estimate that I have attended at least one seder a year, sometimes two, for the past 48 years, plus model seders in religious school, and carry the one…I have attended enough seders to have strong attitudes about what I like, what I zone out for, and what really helps me connect to Pesach in meaningful and moving ways.
 
Interestingly, the best seder I attended was not even on Pesach.  It was Memorial Day weekend, 1990-something. My father (z”l) was in rehearsals for the play “Beau Jest,” where a young Jewish woman, tired of her parents' well-intentioned nagging about getting married, creates the perfect imaginary Jewish boyfriend (as a cover for her non-Jewish boyfriend). When she brings him home for Passover seder, she contacts an escort service…and hilarity ensues.
 
As it turned out, my dad was the only Jewish person in the cast.  The Passover seder scene is a huge part of the show.  No one else had been to an actual seder before. My dad knew that this was not the sort of thing you could just explain in words and have the cast understand. And relying on depictions of seders from TV and movies would just not do.  So, my dad did the only logical thing…and informed my stepmom that on Memorial Day Sunday, we’d be hosting the entire cast at the house for seder.
 
Out came the Maxwell House Haggadot, the lonely box of matza still lurking in the pantry, the best Manischewitz we had, and the other accoutrement to make a proper seder for a dozen actors so they could put on a fantastic show.
 
I loved this seder, because absolutely no question was off limits. These folks wanted to know more about why each part mattered. Some had experienced a Passover celebration at their churches, but none had experienced it as a Jewish holiday.  The parts of the seder dedicated to explaining the symbols and the foods became richer, as these became first-time explanations, and not just “those parts we read year after year.”  
 
My father and I even became dialect coaches as we explained the delicate process of making a convincing ch sound, right at the back of your throat.  Each time my dad would explain how things were “traditionally” done, the cast asked him how he would do it, wanting to get a feeling for what it would be like for an actual family, and not just people following a script.
 
My dad learned to lead a seder from his father. I learned from him. That night, we not only showed them how to lead a seder, but what it meant to be a guest at the table, to become a part of the story, and that you never need to stop at just four questions.
 
 
 
About the Author: Julee Levine is the Director of Supplemental Education at Adat Ari El in Valley Village, CA. She is a career educator who has worked with almost all ages and stages in a variety of settings. When she is not seder hopping, you can find her engaged in professional development, immersed in sports, and competing on game shows (four and counting).  She feels strongly about gefilte fish (jarred), matzo balls (firm), and horseradish (red).
This Passover, We're Connecting In A Whole New Way!

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Haggadot.com has partnered with OneTable this Passover this year to empower people to create, host, and participate in meaningful Passover gatherings.  Post your seder or discover in-person and virtual Passover events at haggadot.com/passover-events

Haggadot.com serves more than half a million Jews annually with a diverse library of Passover resources, including assistance for people to build a Passover experience around themes most relevant to them. Now with a new events platform, Powered By OneTable, Haggadot.com users can also discover Passover events that speak to them and invite guests directly to their own seders.

“People of different backgrounds and with different perspectives can all draw meaning from the interactive rituals of Passover,” adds Eileen Levinson, Founder & Executive Director of Haggadot.com. “The Seder can focus on freedom, social justice, oppression, antisemitism, LGTBQ+ experiences, and more. Whether informed by events in our world today or by something in one’s life, this DIY dinner party can be deeply powerful. Young adults are searching for experiences that add value and enrich their lives—that give them space to ask some big questions and ponder possible answers."

Discover Passover resources from OneTable here: https://www.haggadot.com/contributors-details/onetable-1

For young adults age 21-39ish, OneTable is “nourishing” (subsidizing) first and second Seders on April 15-16. The first night coincides with Shabbat, when OneTable empowers young adults to connect with friends in meaningful weekly rituals. Young adults can apply to become a host by April 5, post their Seders and invite friends or find seats at open dinners.  OneTable will elevate their Seder with resources and up to $10 per guest, up to $100 per Seder.  In the spirit of welcoming and hospitality, OneTable will nourish a host for both Seders if they invite different groups of family or friends to attend each.  

Watch The Webinar: Haggadot.com Office Hours

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Join the Haggadot.com team live on Zoom with all your haggadah-making and seder hosting questions...including a demo of our new events featured, Powered By OneTable!   From the creative to the technical and everything in between, we're here to help you make this Passover celebration meaningful and personal.


To watch the demonstration of our new events feature, start at 31:59 in the video. 

 
Watch The Webinar: We Could Be Heroes

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Go on an excellent adventure with pop culture expert Esther Kustanowitz, journalist and Star Trek superfan David A.M. Wilensky and Jewish sacred texts superfan Rabba Yaffa Epstein. Watch the We Could Be Heroes webinar here! 


Download the Heroes Haggadah for your seder: https://www.haggadot.com/haggadah/heroes-haggadah

 

Together, we considered 4 Questions: 
Why do we love superheroes?
Why might we embrace rituals that make room for battle and connections to the infinite? 
What are our responsibilities to worlds outside our own? 
How do today's stories intersect with our classic texts and shared history?

And we discussed:
- The dichotomy of a hero (such as Superman) being both human and superhuman at once. And how their human side is flawed, and their superhuman side learns to utilize those flaws and skills together
- Is every leader a hero? Does one have to take on the mantle of a hero to be a leader?  Are the winners always the heroes? 
- Is a show like "What If" a modern form of midrash and is midrash a multiverse? 
- When we tell the Exodus story over and over, we can be the heroes bringing justice for those who need it 

Writing Our Own Roadmaps For Trans Day of Visibility

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Transgender Day of Visibility 3.31.22

By Dubbs Weinblatt
 

A few years ago I partook in a Jewish ritual where I changed my Hebrew name to something that fit me better: Pesach Feigele. I borrowed a word from my parents’ Hebrew names; Pesach from my dad and Feigele from my mom. Feigele is Yiddish for ‘bird’ and iterations of it have been used as a derogatory slur against LGBTQ+ people – I decided it was important to be part of the movement to reclaim the word and I loved the idea of being free like a bird. Pesach, which is Hebrew for ‘Passover,’ also felt significant to me. Passover is a holiday that celebrates many themes, two of which are liberation and the importance of telling our stories.

I was recently on a road trip with a friend where we plugged in our destination’s address which popped up immediately, hit go, and we were on our way. We didn’t even second guess where we were going. We talked about how if it had been 20 years ago, we’d have had to print out our directions, pray there were no detours or missed exits, and hope for the best. Getting from point A to B nowadays is so much easier because of the tried-and-true routes and road conditions that are instantly updated and uploaded for the benefit of all travelers. Roadmaps help create a sense of visibility into our journey so we feel confident about where we’re going.  

When I think about roadmaps, stories, and visibility into Trans and Nonbinary/Genderqueer identity, and especially Jewish Trans identity, it takes a little while longer to load. There haven’t been enough folks uploading their experiences to the information highway yet for the representation to just “flow.” Though trans and nonbinary/genderqueer people have existed since the beginning of time, for so long it hasn’t been safe to be out and talking about it, or our history was erased. I always found myself asking the same question over and over: where can I find the permission to be myself; where’s my roadmap?

Growing up without any concrete sense-of-self created a Mitzrayim, a narrow place; everything felt dark and hopeless and like there was no escape. Because I didn’t even really understand that I was struggling with my gender identity, I took what I needed from the representation that existed to help me feel a bit more like me. My liberation felt impossible. I thought I was going to be stuck in this narrowness forever.

When I was younger and privately exploring my gender (though I didn’t realize that’s what I was doing), I used to wear a California pink polo (is that a thing? I think I made it up), pretended my scooter was a motorcycle, and that I was a blend of Brandon Walsh and Dylan McKay from Beverly Hills 90210. I felt so at home and at ease playing this hybrid character even though I didn't know what it meant. I also dabbled in Zack Morris from Saved by the Bell, a hybrid Shawn Hunter and Cory Matthews from Boy Meets World, and Joey Russo from Blossom….WHOA.

I remember one of the first times I saw trans representation in mainstream media – I was in high school watching a movie in the late 90s called Boys Don’t Cry about a young trans man in rural Nebraska. I saw parts of myself in this character – not fully, but parts which felt incredible, mesmerizing, and also terrifying. 

It was all immediately ripped away by the violence perpetrated in the film. I internalized that if I were anything like this man, there would be very dangerous consequences. This movie taught me to tuck away any feelings I was having so I could stay safe. My narrow place was getting narrower.

I had to wait more than a decade until I saw (or even registered) more trans/nonbinary/genderqueer representation/glimpses and even then, nothing that screamed “THAT’S ME!” It felt as if I was wandering in the desert searching for my own Promised Land of identity.

Each one of those glimpses into myself and my identity came in different forms and started carving away some of the narrowness. These moments included trans characters (whether or not they were portrayed by actual trans people is another article) and some were gender expansive in some way. 

Seeing Lea DeLaria wearing a sports bra and boxer briefs in an Orange is the New Black episode was revolutionary for my gender identity exploration. I didn’t know I was allowed to wear sports bras all the time or boxer briefs ever. I know it might sound silly but I was so used to following a set script of who I was supposed to be that I couldn’t break out of it – I simply didn’t have access to what could be.

The stories we are told become the stories we tell ourselves. This drives our sense of self, and that’s powerful. But what happens when the story that’s being told to us isn’t actually our story at all? What happens when it is?

The show Transparent was crucial in me seeing myself as not only a trans person but as a Trans Jew. It made coming into myself and telling my family that much easier knowing I had something concrete I could show them. I wasn’t alone. I wasn’t weird. This wasn’t unique to just me. Finally a story was being told to me where I felt like it was mine and I could retell it as my own.

For most of my journey, I had to create my own roadmap, my own story, because I had no choice. My liberation was in my own hands. I took what I needed from what was available and improvised the rest. Eventually through community, a reconnection to Judaism, and a lot of self-reflection and work, my narrow place became a wide-open field full of light, love, connectedness, and inner peace and calm. 

The more we tell our stories and share our experiences, the easier it is for all of us to be liberated and to find our own open-fields. On this Trans Day of Visibility, I wish for all of us the roadmaps we need to find our own inner-liberation with just a bit more calm, connectedness, and ease. 



About the Author: Dubbs Weinblatt (they/them) is the Founder and CEO of Thank You For Coming Out, a company that strives to inspire authenticity and belonging by uplifting and centering LGBTQIA+ stories and identities. They are also an educator, coach, podcast host, and storyteller.