Rockdale’s Holidays at Home: Passover (Pesach)

Passover, or Pesach commemorates the Israelites’ Exodus from Egypt. Its name refers to the passage in the Book of Exodus (12:11) when God “passed over” the houses of the Israelites during the tenth plague. Passover is one of three pilgrimage festivals, along with Sukkot and Shavuot. It is traditional on Passover to only eat unleavened food. Many rid their entire house of chametz (food that is not kosher for Passover). We begin our observance of Passover with a seder (ritual meal with a special “order”) – or two! During the seder, participants ask questions about Passover and freedom, recount the story of the Exodus, sing, and pray, all while drinking four cups of wine and enjoying special foods.

This year, Passover begins the evening of Monday April 10th. You may celebrate with a seder on the 1st night (April 10th), the 2nd night (April 11th), or both! Reform Jews conclude the week-long observance of Passover on the evening of Monday, April 17th.

Click one of the topics below or scroll down for great information, how-to’s, activities, mitzvah opportunities, music videos, recipes, and more!

Preparing a Seder | Haggadot | Blessings | Learning for All Ages | Adult Learning | Young Kids’ Activities | Mitzvot | Music | Recipes

Preparing a Seder

Setting the Passover Table

Seder Preparation Checklist

Passover Customs and Rituals

What goes on the Seder Plate? (video)

Parenting at Passover

Ten Great Discussion Questions for your Seder Table

Four Questions for the Whole Family

Seder Prep Tips

11 Resources for the Best Seder Ever

How to Survive a Seder with Kids

Haggadah Resources

Rockdale Family Haggadah 5776/2016

Build your own Haggadah!

Haggadah Resources from the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

LGBTQ Haggadah Resources

American Reform Zionist Association Haggadah Supplement

HIAS Haggadah Supplement

T’ruah’s “Other Side of the Sea” Haggadah 

B’nai B’rith “Englighten America” Reading

Chocolate Moses Resources (combating trafficking and slavery)

A Social Justice Dayenu 

Escape Room Seder!

The Hamilton Haggadah

Interactive Jewpardy Seder

 

Blessings

Practice Reading & Singing the Four Questions!

Learn More, View or Print the Four Questions

Festival Kiddush & Shehecheyanu (text and mp3s)

 

Passover Learning for Kids of All Ages

I Left with Moses – Interactive Experience

The Four Sons by G-dcast!

The Story of Nachshon by G-dcast!

The Story of the Exodus via G-dcast! (Part I, Part II, Part III)

RJ.org Quiz: Test your Passover Knowledge

Shalom Sesame: Khalikidan’s Passover Seder

Shalom Sesame: Moroccan Mimuna

 

Learning for Adults

Passover History

Food Restrictions Explained

This Year – More than Four Questions

Webinar: Torah Alive with Rabbi Mark Washofsky

Pardes Companion to the Haggadah

The Melodies of the Four Questions: Mah Nishtanah Tunes for Passover

Explore Passover at ReformJudaism.org

 

Activities and Videos for Young Children

The Passover Shaboom! Special: What’s Different About Tonight?

Ten Tips to Enliven the Seder

Shalom Sesame: It’s Passover, Grover!

ShirLaLa Pesach (Kids’ Passover Songs)

The Story of Passover for Young Children

Shalom Sesame Passover Playlist

Moses and the Passover Story – the Kids Version

 

Passover Mitzvah Opportunities

Pesach: A Season for Justice (Religious Action Center)

Advocate for Racial Justice at your Seder

Donate Food to the JFS Heldman Family Food Pantry

Take a Stand for Refugees

Donate to American Jewish World Service

 

Celebrate with Music

Learn to Sing Dayeinu with G-dcast!

Passover Melodies

Let them Go/Let us Go

La La Passover

The Maccabeats – Les Miserables: Passover

Six13 – Uptown Passover

The Maccabeats – Dayeinu Mashup

The Maccabeats – Justin Bieber Passover Mashup

What do you know about Passover Music?

 

Recipes

Matzah Toffee Squares

Matzah Meal Popovers

Passover Granola

Turkish Charoset

Ashkenazi Apple Walnut Charoset

Moroccan Charoset Balls

Double Chocolate Coconut Macaroons

Matzah Brie (Fried Matzah)

Chag Pesach Sameach!  HAPPY PASSOVER!