How to Find an Online Passover Seder

In this time of social distancing, many Jewish institutions are offering online options for the Passover seder. Here's a guide.

The coronavirus pandemic has scuttled plans for large traditional gatherings this Passover, but there’s no shortage of online alternatives. Many synagogues and other Jewish organizations are planning to hold virtual seders this year on Zoom or other platforms.

Below is a list of online Passover seders that anyone can join.

First Night, March 27, 2021

Temple Beth El of Boca Raton: This Florida synagogue brings a fun theme to its online seder: Hollywood by the Nile. Join this “blockbuster virtual seder” on March 27 at 6:00 pm Eastern to hear Hollywood’s greatest musical hits and more incorporated into the seder. Sign up here to watch on Zoom or livestream.

JewBelong: The reverently irreverent folks at JewBelong are hosting Burning Man-ischewitz, a free virtual Passover seder on March 27 at 7:00 pm Eastern. Click here for details and registration.

Sixth & I: Rabbi Shira Stutman and Rabbi Aaron Potek of this popular Washington D.C. synagogue welcome you into their homes for an upbeat accessible virtual seder on March 27 at 7:00 pm Eastern. The first part of the seder will last about an hour, followed by dinner and breakout rooms. Get tickets here.

Jewish Collaborative of Orange County: This California organization offers a creative and welcoming seder for the first night of Passover, including a social hour beforehand so you can get to know other attendees. The social hour starts at 6:30 pm Pacific, followed by the seder at 7:30 pm Pacific. Join here.

Mishkan Chicago: This Chicago community’s Revelation in the Wilderness: A Musical Seder begins at 7:30 PM Central and will include Zoom break-out rooms for the dinner portion of the seder. Details and registration here.

Southern Jewish Streaming Seder: Join the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life for a free streaming seder celebration on Facebook Live. The event will begin at 6:30 pm Central and be available on-demand thereafter. Join here.

Second Night, March 28, 2021

92nd Street Y: The venerable Manhattan cultural institution is offering a free seder on Zoom for the second night of Passover, Sunday March 28 at 7:00 pm Eastern. More information and registration here.

Lab/Shul: The artist-driven New York synagogue is hosting a Passover seder on Sunday, March 28 at 6:30 pm Eastern featuring Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Zen faith leaders, along with artists, elected officials, activists, and musicians. Details and registration here.

East End Temple: Join Rabbi Joshua Stanton and this New York City congregation for a large and engaging second-night seder, at 5:00 pm Eastern. Find details and sign up here.

Bolton Street Synagogue: This Reform synagogue in Baltimore will host a Passover seder on Sunday, March 28 at 5:30 pm Eastern. Register here.

Isaac M. Wise Temple: This Cincinnati synagogue will host a seder aimed at young families on Sunday March 28 at 5:30 PM Eastern. Register here.

Stephen Wise Free Synagogue: This Reform congregation on New York’s Upper West Side offers a free community seder that’s open to everyone, beginning at 6:00 pm. Register for the Zoom link here.

Jewish Community Project Downtown: Join Rabbi Andy Bachman at a virtual seder for all ages. Hear the story and reflect on its contemporary resonance, all beginning at 6:00 pm Eastern. Sign up here.

Beyt Tikkun: It’s particularly hard to feel free this Passover, but Beyt Tikkun’s second online “liberation seder” might help. The event is Sunday March 28 at 5:30 pm Pacific time. Details and registration here.

Congregation Beth Israel of San Diego: Join this California synagogue for an interactive and participatory second-night seder. The Zoom event begins at 6:00 pm Pacific. Register here.

Congregation Kol Ami: Celebrate the festival of freedom with a fun virtual seder from this West Hollywood, CA-based congregation. March 28 at 6:00 pm Pacific. Register here.

Chicago Sinai: This Reform congregation’s second night seder begins at 5:00 PM Central time. Register here.

Other Nights

City Winery: The 2021 version of the annual hipster event known as the Downtown Seder will feature comedians (Lewis Black, Judy Gold), musicians (David Broza, Perry Ferrell), Dr. Ruth, Al Franken, and four New York City mayoral candidates. Details and registration here.

Gishrei Shalom Jewish Congregation: This small congregation in Southington, CT welcomes all to their virtual seder on Monday, March 29 at 6:00 pm Eastern. Get more info here or email to sign up.

Judaism Your Way: Join this community seder at 5:00 pm Mountain Time on March 30. You’ll have an opportunity for small group and community-wide discussion. Sign up here.

Jewish Veg: Lex Rofeberg leads a Zoom “Zeder” that celebrates Passover with a focus on themes in the story that are relevant to today, like liberation in the context of animal rights, environmental justice, personal and public health and worker justice. Join on March 31 at 6:00 pm Eastern. Register here.

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