Ma Nishtana? Why Is This Passover Different from All Others?

Resources to Bring to Your Seder This Year Acknowledging the Way the World Has Changed Since October 7th

Traditionally, Passover is a time for family and friends to gather together to retell the story of our people’s liberation and redemption. This year, Passover’s themes will be sitting differently with each of us. Below you can find resources to bring to your Passover table to express concerns, fears, and hopes as we continue to pray for peace in our broken world.

We encourage everyone to gather together this year with curious minds, open hearts, and ears attuned to all the varied voices around our tables. Chag Pesach Sameach.

Supplemental prayers, poems, songs, and meditations from the Central Conference of American Rabbis

Seven easy-to-implement ideas for families with children from Kveller

Human-rights focused, thought-provoking questions and texts from Truah

A Haggadah for This Time from the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism

Ways to include the Israel-Gaza war from New Israel Fund Australia 

More Passover Resources

Seder Plate Ideas

Below you’ll find links to different Haggadot! Find one that fits with your family’s approach to Passover and the Seder.

Shaaring Our Story: A Community 2nd Night Seder

Tuesday, April 23 at 5:30 p.m.

What makes Shaare Emeth’s Community 2nd Night Seder different from all of the other community 2nd night seders?

  1. It starts with the people – at the front of the room and around the tables. Our seder will be led by Rabbi Andrea Goldstein, Cantor Seth Warner, and Lucy Greenbaum, and is truly intergenerational. Sit with your family or dearest friends or we’ll thoughtfully arrange your table for you to meet someone new.
  2. It’s a feast for your senses – our gourmet Passover meal is expertly crafted by Papa Mark Catering, delighting your taste buds and smelling divine (vegetarian options available). You’ll hear curated readings from traditional and modern haggadot, the beautiful singing voices of Lucy Greenbaum, Cantor Warner, and members of Shir Emeth Youth Choir!
  3. It’s just right for kids but geared toward everyone – our seder won’t be too long, but it’s also not too short. We plan to serve the meal around 6:30 and Debbie Bram will lead activities for the children throughout the seder to keep them engaged. All children in attendance can take part in the Afikomen Challenge and will leave with Passover goodies (frogs on their heads, perhaps).
  4. We’re weaving in Israel and Tzedek (justice) components.


  • $45/adult members • $50/adult non-members (ages 10+)
  • $25/child members • $30/child non-members (ages 3-10)
  • No charge for children under age 3
  • Financial assistance for members is available; email Craig Neuman, Executive Director

To inquire about attending, please contact Debbie Bram.

About Passover

April 22-30, 2024

Passover (Pesach in Hebrew) is a major Jewish spring festival celebrating freedom and family as we remember the Exodus from Egypt more than 3,000 years ago. The main observances of this holiday center around a special home service called the seder, which includes a festive meal, the prohibition on eating chametz, and the eating of matzah. Click here to learn more.

Winter Weather: January 14, 2024

Religious School Canceled

Due to the predicted weather forecast for Sunday, January 14, all Sunday Religious School programming has been canceled. We appreciate your understanding and support. The temple offices and our religious school will reopen on Tuesday, after the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday.