WHOOMP, (Se)der it is!
According to a 2013 Pew Research Survey, celebrating in a Passover Seder was the most common Jewish observance for American Jews. Coming in at 70%, this level of participation remains high across all demographics—regardless of age, education, or marital status.
Some folks might think, “We're already doing great at Passover! Let’s focus on some less-practiced rituals like lighting Shabbat candles.” But there’s still that 30% room for growth! And when we have an audience, it's a great time to make the moment meaningful. One of the key ingredients to get people to return to the seder table - and hopefully to other Jewish celebrations, too! - is making the events welcoming, exciting, and (of course) tasty.
It might feel a little premature to be doing a newsletter focused on Passover. However, if we waited until April, we would be cutting it a little too close to pull off some significant changes to our Seders this year. It’s like waiting until the week of your friend’s birthday to find them a present—your options may be limited. Seders take a long time and a lot of effort, so we hope some of our ideas will jump start your process for preparing for your Pesach (Passover) party that begins on April 19th.
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We hope you find these articles fruitful (and chameitz [leavened food] free)!
The ISJL Education Team
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