As we gear up for a “Passover unlike any other,” organizations are sharing new resources. Following is a brief selection of resources you may have missed:
BBYO Launches “The Great Afikoman Hunt”
Virtual treasure hunt highlights a timeless Passover tradition in a new and interactive way, connecting Jewish teens, young adults, families, and communities across the world.
The Blue Dove Foundation
This Mental Health Seder Plate offers something new and personal to our Passover Seders this year as we recognize the tough times many are experiencing, and that Passover may look a little different.
~ How to guides for people hosting digitally, including a deck on the Art of Gathering Virtually and a recording of our webinars on the topic
~ The Coloring Book Haggadah, a full haggadah where every page becomes a coloring book page for kids or adults
~ Our new Secular Haggadah, compiled from several secular humanist contributors that’s available as both a download and a template
~ And finally, our recent blog post with ideas on how to hunt for the afikoman when your seder is happening virtually
JDC Entwine, JDC’s young adult platform, is offering a free digital download of ReOrdered, its DIY Passover toolkit that gives users a global, interconnected experience around the themes of the holiday. Through ReOrdered, toolkit users get a chance to explore eight global Jewish communities – including their traditions, recipes, and stories – and to reflect on their own experiences as a global Jewish citizen. This year’s newly redesigned kit offers users an inside look at Jewish communities from Morocco, the former Soviet Union, Sarajevo, Argentina, Greece, India, Poland, and Ethiopia. The free kit was used last year at more than 400 Seders in 18 countries around the world and this year, more than 1,000 physical kits were ordered and distributed before the new digital version was deployed.
Jewish Grandparents Network
The Jewish Grandparents Network offers the “Ten Minute Dayenu Virtual Seder” designed for multi-generational families to use on the shared video platform of your choice.
jewishLIVE is a new project launched three weeks ago by the team behind the Judaism Unbound podcast. It is designed to be a central portal into the world of live-streaming Jewish experience during the Covid-19 physical distancing period. The jewishLIVE Facebook group already has nearly 7,000 members and posts continual updates about upcoming events and shares livestreams as they happen. On the jewishLIVE web site you can also find an increasingly-comprehensive collection of digital materials designed to help facilitate digital seders this year, including links to the other major hubs of “Pandemic Passover” resources.
See www.jewishlive.org/passover to explore the resources they have collected, created, and curated, and visit the home page at www.jewishlive.org for access to calendars of live-streaming events across the Jewish world and a Digital Jewish Culture Festival with newly-created Jewish content playing on seven “stages.”
Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association
Mah nishtana hashanah ha zot? (Why is this year any different?).
We are used to the refrain from the traditional four questions asked at the seder, “Why is this night different from all other nights?” But at this moment in history, when we are staying indoors, practicing social distancing and trying to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, we will experience Passover this year as few of us ever have.
Whether you are joining an online seder, creating a small one with your household or simply looking for resources and innovations to enrich your experience, we are delighted to offer you this Virtual Passover Box. Here you will find several additions and suggestions for each of the 15 steps of the traditional Passover seder.
Repair the World
This year, around the world, Passover will be different from all others. Social distancing in the wake of COVID-19 has changed how we serve our communities and how we celebrate the season. Take a look at our guides and resources to spark new #DifferenceAmidstDistance conversations at your table: You can download Passover resources HERE.
URJ and Reform Movement partners have created many Passover resources including a full guide to having a virtual seder:
For communal leaders: Digital Content to Enliven This Year’s Virtual Seder
For everyone inviting family and friends as guests: How to Make Your Virtual Seder Lively, Engaging, and Meaningful.