Happy Passover

Passover During Social Distancing

by Avi West

“The holiday of Passover has always been an annual oasis in time when many of our usual routines are changed. This year, with quarantines and social distancing, we may be more challenged to see the blessings of this oasis, and we may ask ourselves how are we to celebrate in these circumstances. Here are a few Passover routines that may be tweaked, and many links to resources, to reveal blessings and opportunities, in a time that family-in-the-room will become family-on-zoom:
  • We prepare by cleaning our houses, going beyond seasonal “spring cleaning” to rid our homes of chametz, leavening of any type, and to make way for matzah, the unleavened bread of affliction. This year, with more home-bound time on our hands, we can do a more thorough cleaning, culling, and re-ordering of the things we collect and save. Take time to look at pictures in and out of albums- what would you want to pass along to next generations?
  • We eat only unleavened foods. And this year, when shopping trips may be curtailed and supplies limited, we can concentrate on the basics and learn to be more modest in our food prep, avoiding waste. What new symbolic foods may we add to our seder to express our current condition and our hopes for the future?
  • We can look inward and expunge the chametz in our hearts; that which puffs us up like yeast does to flour. We can, “high holiday like,” do an accounting of our souls to examine our behavior and relationships. When life goes back to a new normal, we can join with a new appreciation of the blessings of family, friends, and the richness of community. How would you tweak the ways you communicate, or to whom you “reach out and touch?”

The seder home ritual was always a simulation of the journey from enslavement and limitations to a life of freedom WITH responsibility. We can use this year’s seder to contemplate and share how we will emerge from our current limitations into a new community of great opportunity and mutual responsibility.”

Some (unleavened) food for thought and resources for Passover 2020:

6 Tips for Hosting a Solo Seder
Alpha Beta – Passover Prep in Quarantine

A Pandemic View of the Four Sons
Coronavirus Nixed Your Seder Plans? These FAQs Are for You
COVID-19 During Passover: Balancing Health and Tradition
DC Passover Guide 2020
Do’s and Don’t’s for a Great Seder
(a crowdsourced list)
Everything You Need to Know to Celebrate Passover During Coronavirus
Home Alone for Passover, We Face Jerusalem Together
Home Alone for Passover, We Face Jerusalem Together Resource Book
How to Celebrate Passover During Social Distancing
How to Celebrate Passover During the Pandemic
How to Choose a Haggadah in the Time of Coronavirus
How to Cook for Passover During the Coronavirus Crisis
How to Hold a Seder in the Year of Coronavirus

How to Host a Socially Distanced, International Passover Seder
JFNA Passover Resources
Senior Orthodox Rabbis Allow Zoom for Passover Seder due to Coronavirus
The Four Children and COVID-19
Webinar: How to Host a Virtual Seder



Passover: A Joyous Exploration

Seder plate
Enjoy this Passover Supplement from The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington filled with interesting holiday facts, recipes, songs and thoughts for you to ponder. A great addition to any family’s Passover.

Top Ten Favorite Passover Recipes

Federation’s Jewish Food Experience® has not one, but two “top 10” Passover recipe lists that will satisfy your guests and appetites. Click below for lots of yummy ideas.

Top 10 Favorite Passover Recipes
Local Foodies’ Top 10 Favorite Passover Recipes
Kid-Friendly Passover Breakfasts and Lunches
Keep it Simple This Passover

Passover Children’s Activities

PJ Library has lots of fun Passover resources. Also, check out the PJ Library Pinterest Page.

Get your kids in the Passover spirit with these fun activities:
Chadis Krafts
Passover Yoga for Kids
Stir Up Your Seder
Torah Tots

Prepared Passover Foods for Pickup or Delivery

Cava Mezze (not kosher)
Chabad of Upper Montgomery County (Seder kit with matzah, Seder plate items, and Haggadahs)
Char Bar
Heckman’s Caddies Catering (not kosher)
Kosher Kitchen
Motis Market
Parkway Deli
(not kosher)
Shalom Kosher
Signature Catering
Talia’s Cuzina (not kosher)

Virtual Havdalah

Saturday, December 5, 2020 | 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Make Room for Latkes

Sunday, December 6, 2020 | 10:00 am - 10:45 am

Camp Tours – November 2020

Sunday, December 6, 2020 | 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Wheelchair Accessible

Hanukkah Cake Pops with Yael

Sunday, December 6, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Virtual Hanukkah Sing-a-Long with Hazzan Dienstfrey

Sunday, December 6, 2020 | 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Wheelchair Accessible

Chanukah Infusions: Class & Activity Kit

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 | 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Kids Chanukah Activity Bag!

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 | 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm

Hanukkah Goody Bags (FREE)

Thursday, December 10, 2020 | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Wheelchair Accessible