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All Things Passover

Has the COVID-19 epidemic burdened your Passover planning? Are you suddenly being called upon to host a seder (at home or virtually)? Trying to figure out what you're going to cook not that Aunt Myrtle won't be serving her famous sweet potato tsimmes?  Fear not, Congregation Beth El has put together some resources to facilitate your festival planning.

Below you will find a schedule of online classes and programs (including an online recipe swap!), links to virtual haggadot (and a link for purchasing printed copies at a discount), information on Pesach food packages and food delivery for those unable to procure their own supplies.


Get some tips for running a seder in cyberspace or learn some traditional texts on which our contemporary seder is based. All three of Rabbi Safman's Zoom classes on preparing for Pesach can be accessed by clicking this link:

How to Host a Seder that is Informative, Enjoyable and Meaningful – Tues, March 31 @ 4 p.m.

  • Access Powerpoint slides from this online class here.

Tracing the Seder's Evolution through Traditional Texts – Thurs, April 2 @ 4 p.m.

Tips for Hosting an Online Seder (including some technical pointers) – Tues April 7 @ 4 p.m.


Manna to Matza Brie, A Recipe Swap! – April 5 @ 4 p.m.

Show off your Passover savior-faire in an online recipe swap. We'll be convening a Zoom conference to allow cooks to not only describe but also demonstrate the making of some delectable chametz-free dishes. Send your recipes to the Beth El office by Mon, April 4 and we'll make them available as a downloadable cookbook. Click here to join the "meeting".

Virtual Community Seder April 9 @ 6 p.m.

Join us on the Second Night of Pesach for a congregational seder conducted online using the Zoom platform. We'll be dipping into the Charoset, asking lots of questions, and even searching for the Affikoman – virtually – before it's time to sing "Dayeinu".

To connect to our virtual seder, click this link.  You will need to enter the password to have access to the live stream seder.  Please contact the Beth El office if you are in need of the password.  Email:

(Note: Participants in our Virtual Seder should have access to The Feast of Freedom Haggadah. See the section below for information on obtaining your own copy by download or conventional mail .)


assover: The Feast of Freedom - This classic, bestselling Passover haggadah features insightful commentary, clear instructions, and bold artwork by Israel Prize-winning artist Dan Reisinger.

Printed copies at a discount:

Passover Haggadah: The Feast of Freedom

List price $18.95, now on sale for $13.00

This year the Rabbinical Assembly is extending our bulk rate on the haggadah to orders of any size.


Order by Monday, March 30 at 11:59 pm EDT to receive your books in time for the first seder.


Downloadable (PDF) copies of this and other haggadot by Noam Zion are also available for download by clicking here


Other suggestions for accessing haggadot online:

The Thirty Minute Seder - A great quick service for those wanting to touch on all the highlights of the traditional ritual before launching into dinner. Good for families with young children or adults with short attention spans 😉


Kveller - A fun, colorful haggadah that is easy to follow:


Jewish Boston (The Wandering is Over) – A thought-provoking text that nevertheless allows you to complete the ritual in about 45 mins. It includes many useful tips for first-time seder hosts:


JewBelong – A hip choice targeting millennials, but fun for their parents (or grandparents) too. This is the Haggadah for those seeking a meaningful experience but allergic to traditional ritual :


Tru'ah – A Haggadah celebrating human-rights and Pesach's enduring message of freedom:


Passover Food Pick-up/Delivery

We know this year many are finding it challenging to provision for Passover. So, Congregation Beth El has teamed up with the Jewish Federation and Crown Market to bring (basic) holiday foods to you. We are offering three options, depending on your needs and means:

  • Passover staples for pick-up at the JFEC office – The Jewish Federation of Eastern CT is preparing packages with some Passover basics (matzah, grape juice, gefilte fish, tuna, and a Maxwell House Haggadah) which can be picked up outside their office in the days immediately preceding Pesach. Stay tuned for further details.


  • Home delivery of basic packages and Passover supplies – We will be delivering JFEC packages as well as limited quantities of additional Passover staples (matzah, grape juice, gefilte fish) to the homes of Beth El members who are unable to get out to access these themselves. Please email the Beth El office to discuss your needs.


  • Home delivery of prepaid Crown catering orders – We will be picking up pre-paid catering orders from the Crown Market (860-236-1965) and delivering them to members' homes on April 7. To take advantage of this opportunity, you must place your order with Crown Market by April 1.
Fri, January 22 2021 9 Shevat 5781