PJ Library Passover Resources

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Celebrate Passover with PJ Library and Our Partners!

Passover begins on Friday, April 15th (at sundown). While the answer to “mah nishtana” (why is this night different from all other nights?) has changed a bit, some things will remain the same: telling the story, reaffirming our commitment to freedom for all, sharing food and making an ancient tradition relevant for today.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and PJ Library are here to help you celebrate Passover. We will be posting resources and virtual events.

For resources and programs geared toward families with young children (ages 0-12), use this page. Community seders (virtual and in-person) are in the calendar at the bottom.

For resources and programs geared toward a general audience, please bookmark the Federation Passover page.  This page includes virtual seders, recipes, haggadah links and more.

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Military Mitzvah Passover Card Project

now through April 6th

PJ Library and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington are partnering to share a wonderful opportunity with you to send Passover greeting cards to Jewish military members and veterans! (All Ages)

http://pjlibrary.org/PJLibrary/media/PJ-Library/content/holidays/2022-Passover-Activity-Cards_digital-b.pdf

For PJ Grandparents: Let Us Mail You Some Passover Resources!

Order by April 7th to receive in time for Passover

If you’d like your own copy of the PJ Library Matzah Mania cards that your grandchild received with their March book plus ideas to celebrate Passover as a family, please fill out this form.

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Family-Friendly Passover Events

All activities follow social distancing guidelines. Please see each host organization’s website for details. This list will be updated as events are posted.

The ages listed with each program are recommendations for who would most appreciate the program, but all are welcome.

Minecraft: Purim + Passover

5 Mondays, March 7th–April 4th | 4:30–6:00 PM
5-week session price: $50 for one child, $90 for two kids, and $125 for three kids
Virtual
SOLD OUT

Enter the world of MineCraft to celebrate Purim and Passover online with friends! Lost Tribe will guide you on missions and competitions to celebrate these holidays. Open to PJ Our Way tweens ages 9-12.

This program is presented in partnership with Capital Camps, Hill Havurah, and Pozez JCC.

Little Passover Noshers

Sunday, April 3rd | 4:00 PM
Bender JCC of Greater Washington (6125 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD)
SOLD OUT

Join the Bender JCC in a party for your taste buds even your littlest ones will love. Especially because food will be handed out by one of your favorite furry cookie-loving monsters! We’ll also learn fun Passover facts, create crafts, and enjoy PJ Library storytime. We also invite you to keep the fun going on our playground.

This program is a partnership of the Bender JCC, JSSA, The Matzo Project, PJ Library, and Federation.

Bim Bom Bag: Passover Edition

Order by April 6th

Enjoy a bag-tastic and exciting opportunity to learn about Jewish customs and holidays through arts & crafts, stories, and discussions. When you sign up, we will provide Passover themed arts & crafts activities to work on independently with your child(ren). A few days later, we will get together on Zoom to share our creative crafts, read a story, and learn cool facts about Passover.

MoCo families sign up with the Bender JCC

VA families sign up with the Pozez JCC

Get Ready for Passover!

Sunday, April 10th | 11:00 AM
Agudas Achim (2908 Valley Drive, Alexandria, VA)
Free
In-Person

Prepare for this family-friendly festival. Make a seder plate, hear stories and meet other young families getting ready to leave Egypt and savor the flavors of freedom

Passover Scavenger Hunt

Register by April 10th | Hunt runs April 11th–26th

Have fun for Passover! We’ve created a fun community-wide virtual scavenger hunt! If you choose to accept this challenge, you will be given a list of missions (things you may find at home, in your neighborhood, in your community or online) to complete using the free online app called Goose Chase. Sign up by April 10th.

Co-hosted by the Bender JCCGW, Congregation Etz Hayim, Edlavitch DCJCC, Pozez JCC of Northern VA, PJ Library, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

Passover at the J

Monday, April 18th | 5:00 PM
Pozez JCC (8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax)

Happy Passover! Come celebrate with us. Tracy will meet you in the west parking lot (to the left of the main building) to matzah it up! Please register in advance.

This program is offered by the JFamily Ambassadors at the Pozez JCC, funded by Federation.

Making Matzah: A Passover Program for Jews of Color and their Families

Tuesday, April 19th | 6:00 PM
Edlavitch DCJCC (1529 Sixteenth Street NW, DC)

Come and get to know other Jews of Color and multiracial families as we celebrate Passover together! We will make matzah from scratch, create toiletry kits, and sing the songs of our ancestors.

This event is brought to you in partnership with the Washington Hebrew Congregation’s JOC Affinity Group and Mosaic Visions.

Passover at the Farm (Herndon)

Wednesday, April 20th | 5:00 PM
Frying Pan Park (2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA)

Jump like frogs, check out the cows (and other wild beasts), pretend to cross the Reed Sea and eat some matzah with JFamily Ambassador Julie! Please register in advance.

This program is offered by the JFamily Ambassadors at the Pozez JCC, funded by Federation.

Lotsa (Leftover) Matzah?

Sunday, April 24th | 10:30 AM
Potomac Overlook Playground (2845 Marcey Rd, Arlington, VA)

Bring your leftover Matzah and we will provide the decorations to make your very own Matzah house to snack on. J- Family Ambassador Melissa will meet you at the picnic tables near the playground at Potomac Overlook to make your houses, then let the children play and visit with friends. Please register in advance.

This program is offered by the JFamily Ambassadors at the Pozez JCC, funded by Federation.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Making a Seder

Watch the recording

Check out the resource page

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Passover Resources

 

Some Haggadot* you can try:

* Haggadah means “the telling,” and is the Jewish book used to guide the seder. The plural is Haggadot.

Resources for interfaith families about Passover and Easter:

Articles specifically about celebrating Passover during the pandemic:

Craft Ideas

matzah drawing

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Family-Friendly Passover Experiences Cosponsored by PJ Library in Greater Washington

Bim Bom Bags: A Year of Crafts and Fun!

Wednesday, December 7, 2022 | 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

5th Annual Pomegranates & Lion of Judah Chanukah Celebration

Thursday, December 8, 2022 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Wheelchair Accessible

Grown-up & Me: Guided Chat and Play Series

Thursday, December 8, 2022 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am

This event has been canceled.

Wheelchair Accessible

Little Bookworms – Chanukah

Friday, December 9, 2022 | 10:30 am - 11:00 am

Chanukah Hop to the Donut Shop

Friday, December 9, 2022 | 3:15 pm - 4:00 pm

Musical Kabbalat Shabbat

Friday, December 9, 2022 | 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm

Wheelchair Accessible

JFamily Havdalah and Lantern Walk

Saturday, December 10, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Wheelchair Accessible

Little Bookworms – Chanukah

Saturday, December 10, 2022 | 10:30 am - 11:00 am