This year’s Pesach – the celebration of our freedom – and especially the traditional Seder which many families observe together, will be very different. We hope even as all of us are physically distancing, that celebration of one of our biggest festivals can still bring joy to this time and bring us all closer together. On this page there are a range of resources to enhance your Pesach and Seder experience within the current limitations.
Our haggadah is now available online as a resource to help you run your own Seder or follow along with a Seder being streamed online.
For following along with services during Pesach, we have created an online version of our Machzor – free for all to use.
Join a Seder Stream
Many communities are streaming a communal seder online and inviting those who wish to gather virtually to celebrate together to join them.
Senior Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner is streaming her second night Seder using Facebook Live. To join, visit the Movement for Reform Judaism Facebook Page at 6pm on April 9th. You can also RSVP to this Facebook event, which will enable you to receive a notification reminder when the streaming starts.
Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue will be holding an interactive communal second night Seder online – more information on their website.
Sinai Synagogue will be streaming an Erev Pesach service from 6pm, followed by a Seder from the home of Katrin and Rabbi Paul Strasko, available on the synagogue website.
Kol Chai Hatch End Reform Jewish Community will be streaming a second night Seder. There is a maximum attendance – those interested in participating must email in advance to register and receive details for the stream by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
Finchley Reform Synagogue will be streaming a 1st night Seder, starting at 5.30pm. Click here to access the Zoom link and join in.
Pesach resources from Reform Judaism
We have a page full of interesting resources and guides that shine new light on different aspects of our Seder and Pesach routines. Have a look and see which ones speak to you – maybe combine a few to bring some new insights into your Seder.
Alyth Synagogue are running a series of activities to Prepare for Pesach – details can be found on their website.
Senior Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner has made a video with guidance for observing Pesach, explaining how keeping a Kosher Pesach this year is different to other years.
Want to liven up your hunt for the Afikomen? Play this virtual Afikomen game and find the Afikomen hidden in these images – thanks to Jackson’s Row and Alison Branitsky!
Pesach resources from around the Jewish Community
Haggadot.com is an online resource collating new readings and interpretations that you can combine to create a Seder that speaks to you.
PJ Library is offering a free downloadable Haggadah to all children this Passover.
Our counterparts at the Union for Reform Judaism have created Pesach Playlists on Spotify to bring some musical accompaniment to your celebration. They also have an extensive list of digital resources to enhance your virtual Seder.
Shalom Sesame, from Sesame Street, has its family-friendly Pesach musical – Les Matzarables!
The US-based Jewish Journal has published 10 tips for your virtual seder.