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Your Turn to Host the Seder?

Return to the Guide to Passover for Interfaith Families.
 

Perhaps you've turned to this guide because you have married into a Jewish family and this year, it's your family's turn to host the Passover seder. This is awesome! Passover is a perfect holiday to honor your own family’s history while teaching your children about Judaism and connecting with your Jewish relatives. The themes of liberation and family origins in the traditional Haggadah text can expand to include your experience. Below we’ve included a bibliography of resources for families leading a Passover seder to help you make something meaningful for everyone.

Here's the short list of what’s typically involved in hosting a seder:

  • Preparing the house for Passover (we'll discuss this
  • Inviting guests (this doesn't require formal invitations! A phone call or email will do it.)
  • Planning the seder service, including providing copies of the haggadah you choose for each participant
  • Planning and coordinating the cooking of a festival meal, including wine or grape juice and ritual foods. To satisfy most Jewish guests, you'll need to do your best to prepare foods that are kosher for Passover. (What’s this mean? More information can be found on our website.) To be safe, pick up a Passover cookbook or a Jewish cookbook from the bookstore or library--they will have lots of kosher-for-Passover recipes.
  • Enjoying your family and friends the night of the seder!

 

It can be a lot of work to host a seder, but hopefully well worth it! InterfaithFamily has a helpful article with tips for making your seder inclusive and welcoming for people of multiple backgrounds and faith traditions. 

The Guide to Passover for Interfaith Families is also available in PDF

Hebrew for "telling," the text that outlines the order of the Passover seder. There are many, many versions of this book, which dates back almost 2,000 years. Because we are commanded to expand upon the story, the Haggadah contains ancient interpretations, as well as stage directions and explanations, for the Passover meal. Hebrew for "fit" (as in, "fit for consumption"), the Jewish dietary laws. Hebrew for "order," refers to the traditional course of events, or service, surrounding the Passover and Tu Bishvat meals.
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