The Passover holiday (Pesach in Hebrew), is coming up and celebrating it in 2020 will be, as with other holidays this spring, a challenge. Passover commemorates the story of the Israelites’ departure from ancient Egypt and the difficulties they faced. But it’s also a time to celebrate with friends and family through some traditions, the better known one of which is Seder. On the first two nights of the weeklong holiday, families and friends enjoy a feast known as a seder, where the foods symbolize aspects of the Passover story.
This year, with stay-at-home orders during the coronavirus crisis, it’s not possible to gather around as usual. By now, those who celebrate Passover likely have made alternate plans. But if you’re new to the area, or just want to follow along learn about one of the most important holidays in the Jewish calendars, here are some resources:
- Attend a local online seder: Agudas Achim Congregation in Alexandria, Virginia, has a full calendar of Passover events, and how to attend virtually. Sixth and I in Washington, DC, also is offering an online seder.
- Find other virtual seders: Open Table has created a website, Seder 2020, that helps you find a virtual seder.
- Host your own seder at home with a to-go dinner: Some restaurants in Northern Virginia and DC are offering “grab and go” or delivery seder suppers.
- Celebrate with traditions, kids’ activities, and more: Chabad Lubavitch of Northern Virginia has an extensive page for Pesach with how-to lists, multimedia resources, recipes, and more. There also is a special page dedicated for kids.