PJ Library Passover Resources

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Celebrate Passover with PJ Library and Our Partners!

Passover begins on Saturday, March 27 (at sundown). While the answer to “mah nishtana” (why is this night different from all other nights?) will change this year, 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 at home.  We will be posting resources and virtual events.

For resources and virtual programs geared toward families with young children (ages 0-12), use this page.

For resources and virtual 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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Seder Plate

Family-Friendly Virtual Passover Events

Everything You Wanted to Know About Making a Seder

Watch the recording

Check out the resource page

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

Bim Bom Bag: Passover Edition

Order by March 17

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.

DC families sign up with the EDCJCC

MD families sign up with the Bender JCC

VA families sign up with the Pozez JCC

Passover Story Time with Author Susan Kusel

Thursday, March 18, 4:30 PM

Join us for a reading and discussion of the new book THE PASSOVER GUEST by Susan Kusel. Susan and Sean, the illustrator will be joining us for this fun event. (Ages 3–8)

Presented by the Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia’s Growing Jewish Families, Bender JCCGW, and the Edlavitch EDCJCC and funded by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and The United Jewish Endowment Fund.

Make Room for Matzah

Sunday, March 21, 10:00 AM

Join us for virtual Passover workshop with PJ Library author and illustrator Alan Silberberg! He will premiere his hilarious new book, Meet the Matzah, and teach a doodling class to explore the foods and symbolism of Passover. Order a kit to have more fun Passover projects at home. (Ages 4–7)

Co-sponsored by PJ Library Greater Washington, Love and Religion – An Interfaith Workshop for Jews and their Partners, Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital, Capital Jewish Museum, Bender JCC, and Pozez JCC’s Growing Jewish Families.

Sing-a-Long with the Hazzan for PESACH!

Sunday, March 21, 11:00 AM

Join Hazzan Dienstfrey from Agudas Achim in singing songs and celebrating Passover.

March Matzah Making (for families with young children)

Sunday, March 21, 11:30 AM

Join Laura Vitiello, Director of Gan Shalom at Hill Havurah, to prepare for Passover with some matzah making! Making matzah is a bit more fast-paced than baking Challah, so if you enjoy instant gratification and are up for a challenge, we look forward to seeing you (virtually); you’ll even get to enjoy the fruits of your labor for lunch, as a practice Passover meal!

Passover Goody Bag

Pick up on Sunday, March 21

Pick up a FREE Passover Goody Bag at Agudas Achim on Sunday, March 21. We’ve included (almost) everything you need for your seder table, plus more: crafts, a bedikat chametz kit, recipes, resources, and a children’s book from PJ Library. Sign up below. Chag Pesach Kasher v’Sameach!

Passover Scavenger Hunt

Sign up by March 22. Hunt runs March 26-April 5

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.

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

Passover Grandfriend

Tuesday, March 23, 4:30 PM

Join us for a multi-generational event for PJ kids and their “grandfriends” to gather for Passover to share stories, create flowers, and celebrate togetherness. ** Register by March 15 to receive art materials in the mail. ** (Ages 3–8 and grandparents)

This program is a collaboration of PJ Library, the Bender JCC, Edlavitch DCJCC, HoneymoonIsrael, Pozez JCC’s Growing Jewish Families, and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

Cooking with the Kagins – Passover edition

Wednesday, March 31, 3:00 PM

Come join the Kagin family for a fun Passover cooking experience. We will be making Passover Chocolate Chip Cookies. See the registration page for ingredients.

This program is brought to you by the Edlavitch DCJCC and Pozez JCC and funded by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and The United Jewish Endowment Fund.

Passover Drive-In Movie: The Prince of Egypt

Wednesday, March 31, 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM

Celebrate Passover with Beth El at a Drive-In Movie! Beth El is teaming up with DC Party Box to bring you two showings of “Prince of Egypt” on Wednesday, March 31. The movie will be shown at 2:00 pm and 6:00pm. Each showing can accommodate 50 cars, maximum and registration for (free) tickets are required. So make sure to sign up ASAP! Bring your own Passover snacks or dinner and enjoy the show!

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Sunday Funday for Passover

Sunday, March 14, 4:00 PM

Children are invited to join Sally and Mindy from Kol Shalom for some pre-Passover fun on zoom. We’ll sing Passover songs, make a special craft to adorn your seder table, play a Passover-themed game and write our own original Passover tale! (Best for ages 3-5)

Virtual Matzah Factory

Sunday, March 14, 1:00 PM

Join us for a hands-on Passover experience! You can choose to purchase a kit with all necessary supplies (matzah ingredients, rolling pin, apron, and Matzah Baker hat and special surprise activity!),or gather your own supplies at home and join us over Zoom for a Matzah Bakery workshop! Test your knowledge and leave with your very own Matzah! (Good for all ages, with adult supervision)

Presented by the Edlavitch EDCJCC and Chabad.

Military Mitzvah Passover Card Project

now through March 15

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)

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.

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

Growing Grasshoppers

Sunday, May 16, 2021 | 10:00 am - 10:30 am

Celebrate Shavuot

Sunday, May 16, 2021 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Wheelchair Accessible

Congregation Etz Hayim Shavuot Services – May 17th & 18th, 2021

Monday, May 17, 2021 - Tuesday, May 18, 2021 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Wheelchair Accessible

Tot Shabbat at TBS!

Friday, May 21, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 7:45 pm

Erev Shabbat Family Service on First Fridays at Temple Shalom

Friday, June 4, 2021 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Tot Shabbat at TBS!

Friday, June 18, 2021 | 7:00 pm - 7:45 pm

Inez Barlatier – Ayiti: Stories and Songs from Haiti

Tuesday, July 20, 2021 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Wheelchair Accessible