How to Host a Seder & More

Passover 2020/5780 may become known as the Passover when we created our own charoset made of fruits and nuts our parents and grandparents never contemplated using. Or the Passover when we used a tart concoction instead of horseradish on a flat bread that we baked ourselves because we couldn’t purchase matzah.


While social distancing this April, we may not be able to secure all of the necessities for our Seder dinner(s), consider being innovative. Over the centuries, different Jewish communities made the food their own while maintaining the symbolism which “told” the Exodus story. The many different charoset recipes reflect the foods available to each Jewish community.



Think ahead and check with your rabbi, cantor and/or religious leader for resources, stores and food substitutions. Let the story of the Exodus be the “centerpiece” at your Seder.


    And we hope you use the links below to help you prepare for this year's Seder and beyond! 

How to celebrate Passover during the Pandemic, from

How to cook for Passover during a Pandemic, from My Jewish Nosher

Passover Tips for Seders in the Time of the Coronavirus from

How Different Will this Night Be? 10 Tips to your virtual Seder by Jewish Journal.

Crafting the Passover Seder: A downloadable arts-based workshop for all ages. Brought to you by the collaboration between JCC East Bay and the Contra Costa JCC.

How to host a virtual Passover Seder, from

How to plan an online Passover Seder from


Digital content to enliven this year's virtual Seders from


How to Have a Meaningful Solo Passover Seder from


Watch How to set your table for a Passover Seder with Rabbi Nicki Greninger of Temple Isaiah.

My Jewish Learning, is a great website from learning how to prep for the holiday to understanding the terms, to picking the right Haggadah.

Like Facebook? Join the group Jewishlive.

Emek Beracha, an "Orthodox synagogue for everyone" in Palo Alto, has a very useful site. Check out its Pesach Prep in Lockdown blog post!'s Passover checklist can be found here.

If you are hosting a Passover Seder for the first time, here is what to do.

The 14 Steps for a Traditional Seder is a wonderful guide by My Jewish Learning.

How to host a Seder by Mash Up Americans.

The Complete Guide to Hosting a Seder by

If you like to make your own haggadah, follow this link.

Jewish Study Network has on-line sessions if you want to join. is offering free online accounts during our self-quarantine. It is a favorite site for parents with teenage children.

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