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Passover Guide 2016

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Passover is the Jewish Holiday that American Jews are most likely to celebrate! There are many different way Jews all over the District will be celebrating in the upcoming weeks. Whether it is getting together in small groups or finding a larger community to celebrate with, there is an event for you.

Passover begins Friday evening April 22nd, but there are events throughout the week worth checking out. Here is a list of what is going on in DC for the holiday to make sure you do not miss out. Sign up early to secure a spot at one of these great events!

Did we miss anything? Submit events here and/or leave a comment on this post.

Saturday, April 9th

Sunday, April 10th

Monday, April 11th

Tuesday, April 12th

Saturday, April 16th

Monday, April 18th

 Friday, April 22nd

Saturday, April 23th

Sunday, April 24th

Tuesday, April 26th

Wednesday, April 27th

  • 6:00 pm – Freedom Seder with Washington Hebrew Congregation

Friday, April 29th

Sunday, May 1st

Other Resources:

Are you a Birthright alumni? Birthright NEXT will help you host a Passover seder!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABirthright NEXT is providing some great resources to help you host your own seder!

Been on a Birthright Israel trip?  Celebrate Passover by hosting a NEXT Passover Seder for your friends.  NEXT will give you everything you need, including delicious recipes, up to $10 per person to help cover the cost of food, and a guide to customizing your own traditions.  Sign up today: Passover Your Way.

Even if you’re not a Birthright alumni, there are still great resources on the NEXT website that you can take advantage of.  Check them out here.

Passover Events!

155Looking for a seder? Something to do during the eight days without chometz? We’ve got you covered. If we left anything off, please email Rachel at rachelg@gatherdc.org.

Tuesday, March 12th:

Sunday, March 17th:

Monday, March 18th:

Wednesday, March 20th:

Thursday, March 21st:

Saturday, March 23rd:

Monday, March 25th:

Tuesday, March 26th:

Friday, March 29th:

Sunday, March 31st:

Liberate Your Seder!

Zion's book to help you liberate your Seder

“Ok, let’s get through this, let’s get through this, let’s get through this.  Ok, let’s eat Matzah ball soup.”

Is this how your typical Passover Seder feels?  If so, you’re not alone.  In fact, on Wednesday night, about 50 people met downstairs at Sixth & I Synagogue to learn how to make their Seders more meaningful with the assistance of author and scholar Noam Zion of The Shalom Hartman Institute.

Full of energy and obviously passionate about his subject, Zion reminded the audience that the Haggadah is not a prayer book nor is it the Torah; it does not exist to be recited, but rather, it’s meant to start a conversation.  That conversation is the real measure of a meaningful and successful Seder.

So how to facilitate a good conversation?  This requires no special rabbinical skills — according to Zion, what is needed are the skills of a good talk show host.  The host has to invite the right guests, ask good questions, listen closely, manage the flow of conversation, involve participants, and know when to press forward.

But what if this means the Haggadah isn’t recited in full?  Zion claims this isn’t important.  He compares the Haggadah he published to a menu — “You can’t order the entire menu!”  Rather, you pick and choose parts that will serve you well.

To get things started, Zion recommends prompting a discussion of modern day slavery.  Have we — as humans — really escaped from Egypt?  What about economic slavery (yours truly had to bite his tongue on this one) or slavery in Afghanistan?

And then your talk show is off to the races.

The event was co-sponsored by DC Minyan, DC Beit Midrash, Rosh Pina, the Shalom Hartman Institute, and Sixth & I Synagogue.

Click here for a list of public Passover Seders in DC.

See here for a video recording of the event.

Special thanks to Ben Freedman (Beit Midrash), Annie Lummerman (Sixth & I), and Allison Adges (Sixth & I) for organizing things and getting this video.