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We just received a last minute SOS on how to host a Passover Seder. Here we pull together a few styles of celebrating and our favorite seder plates for your table.

First let's talk about Passover. The holiday is about traditions, food, song and community. It is an important holiday that celebrations the liberation of God from Egyptian slavery and the freedom under Moses leadership. It lasts for 7-8 days depending on if you are more modern Jewish or live in Israel, or traditional and Orthodox. It commences with a seder-or a dinner-where they retell the story of the liberation, drink wine, eat matzah and select symbolic foods served on a Seder plate. The Haggadah is a book that is like a set of rules for your seder. It is for passing on  the story of Jewish freedom and here is a Haggadah breakdown on seder according to wikipedia:

  1. Kadeish קדש – recital of Kiddush blessing and drinking of the first cup of wine
  2. Urchatz ורחץ – the washing of the hands
  3. Karpas כרפס – dipping of the karpas in salt water
  4. Yachatz יחץ – breaking the middle matzo; the larger piece becomes the afikoman
  5. Maggid מגיד – retelling the Passover story, including the recital of "the four questions" and drinking of the second cup of wine
  6. Rachtzah רחצה – second washing of the hands
  7. Motzi מוציא, Matzo מצה – blessing before eating matzo
  8. Maror מרור – eating of the maror
  9. Koreich כורך – eating of a sandwich made of matzo and maror
  10. Shulchan oreich שלחן עורך – lit. "set table"—the serving of the holiday meal
  11. Tzafun צפון – eating of the afikoman
  12. Bareich ברך – blessing after the meal and drinking of the third cup of wine
  13. Hallel הלל – recital of the Hallel, traditionally recited on festivals; drinking of the fourth cup of wine
  14. Nirtzah נירצה – say "Next Year in Jerusalem!"



DIY seder plate Brit Co.


According to the HuffingtonPost and Rabbi Kelilah Miller, the Jewish student adviser at Swarthmore College,  young people need to stop thinking they need an immense knowledge of Judaism in order to host a seder. That takes the pressure off! Many local synagogues and local Jewish organizations offer seders for young adults but if you want to host your own try the DIY approach.

  1. invite friends of all faiths to celebrate with you
  2. make your own Haggadah (getting creative here)
  3. create your own seder plate
  4. decide on a theme to have your guests engage in conversation
  5. BYOI- Bring Your Own Instrument! for the sing along...


interfaith seder table

Not only is Jared David Berezin in an interfaith marriage, he's vegan too. He and his family created a way to host a seder combining the two and it's rich and full of food, friends and tradition. Jared's favorite holiday growing up was Passover with the familiar memories of family, food and singing. He met the love of his life who was raised Christian and was not a fan of organized religion but who was willing to create their own traditions hosting the seder dinner. Initially they tried to have a seder that appealed to various needs of people. Over time they realized this didn't encourage inclusiveness and instead created an imperfect and ever-changing seder that allows the guests to shape the discussion. A few tips from them...

  1. use a sparse Haggadah that doesn't require constant reading but allows participant to fill in the banks with discussion
  2. make your own matzah! a great ritual Jared started with his wife
  3. dig into the rich traditions with a sense of humor
  4. play familiar seder songs and secular ones with the themes of slavery, oppression and freedom
  5. remember you can host a seder any night of Passover-such as the end of the week when it's easier on guests schedules


seder table decor

We really love Eve Levy and all of her wisdom she imparts on her blog Adashofeve. Eve is so open and willing to share her experiences, recipes and blessings that her rabbi husband and six children partake in-and this woman does it all! Although she said her greatest passion is inspiring Jewish people she is an inspiration to us as well with her dedication to faith and family. The Passover Seder is a traditional experience in her community and on her blog she has videos explaining many of the different components. There is even a recipe for Passover Birthday Cake. A traditional seder would include

  1. friends and family from your Jewish community
  2. a very clean home- see Eve's video
  3. reading from a traditional Haggadah
  4. cooking with kosher food
  5. expect to eat for an hour or two and stay up late-remember seder can't start until sundown!



seder plate from Irit Goldberg Ceramics
Ceramic seder plate from Irit Goldberg Ceramics. Handmade in Israel. Price on request


seder plate from Isabel Halley
Clear glazed and rimmed in 22 karat gold seder plate from Isabel Halley. Luscious. $390


seder plate from CeMMent
Handmade in Israel from actual cement, the items from Marit Meisler and ceMMent are purely modern and organic. Price upon request.



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