Passover begins with the first seder the evening of Wednesday, April 9, followed by the second seder on Thursday, April 10. You may have had your plane tickets booked or your shopping done, but COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on all our Passover seder plans. If you find yourself in an unexpected situation for Passover, here’s what you need to know.

How to lead your own seder
If you’ve never led a seder before and find yourself pulling one together now, check out some resources from, Rabbanit Dasi Fruchter of Chicago and others, and Hey Alma’s take. One Table also has fabulous resources to get you started.

Tune in to a virtual seder
Congregations and organizations are getting online with virtual seder plans, although many are for members only. Looking for one? Check out Holy Blossom’s first night seder, first night seder with The Den, second night LGBTQ seder with NYU Hillel, second night seder with Jewish Women International (registration required), or a seder with One TableSeder2020. There are some virtual seders on other days of the holiday, including a fifth night seder with and a Women’s Seder with the Palo Alto JCC.

Get the food in order
Whether you make a brisket for one or matzah pizza, get your food together for your seder. You can find instructions for your seder plate, seven international charoset recipes featuring the traditions of many Jewish cultures around the world, and of course classic Ashkenazi charoset recipes.

Choose your online Haggadah
There are some fabulous online haggadahs available. For a traditional haggadah, see Noam Zion’s A Different Night. Two wonderful shortened haggadahs are JewishBoston’s The Wandering Is Over Haggadah and Kveller’s Online Haggadah. If you’re looking for a haggadah focusing on a particular theme, see JQ International’s LGBTQ Haggadah, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism’s contemporary social justice haggadah, or a Hunger Seder by Mazon. Don’t find what you’re looking for? Make your own at!

Caring for Yourself When Apart from Your Family Seder
Don’t forget to take care of yourself even as you’re trying to celebrate the holiday. Check out this helpful list of tips — The Challenge of Spending Pesach Alone.

Chag sameach, may this Passover bring you moments of calm, a focus on what is most important to you, and some connection to what is greater than all of us.

Many blessings,
Rabbi Julia

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