Every year at the Passover seder, we ask why this night is different. This year, the answer will be unlike that of any other year.
This year’s seder will be different because the world, for now at least, has shifted to virtual connections (see list below). Communities and families will not be able to gather around the seder table.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Portland has compiled resources to help you get ready for Passover and celebrate
together while staying apart: jewishportland.org/Passover. That page will also include the latest information on virtual seders.
“Feeling overwhelmed about how to get ready for Passover?” asks Community Chaplain Rabbi Barry Cohen. “Just slow down. Take a deep breath. Realize that this year’s seder can be different because what is happening all around us is different.”
The resources listed on the Federation website can help you create a solo seder if you are isolated for Pesach; incorporate international traditions to feel a global connection; and make your own Passover Haggadah complete with blessings, art, translations, songs and activities. Other links list webinars, videos, family-friendly games, recipes and craft ideas.
The link to Seder2020.org provides everything you need to host a virtual seder. OneTable, an organization created to bring young adults together for Shabbat dinner, has broadened its outreach for Passover and offers tips for anyone on how to host or join a virtual seder.
“The Jewish people have been adapting to changing circumstances for over 5,000 years,” explains OneTable CEO Aliza Kline. “We can do this, together. In the midst of COVID-19 and physical distancing, we need new ways to come together.”
See the full list of resources on page 5 or visit: jewishportland.org/Passover
6 pm, April 9. Digital Haggadah available.