Seder: Bringing Community to Your Home

Given the nature of the worldwide stay-at-home restrictions, we have been wrestling with the question of the role of technology on Shabbat and in our Passover celebrations this year. Our practice at IKAR, as you know, is traditional. We take the halakhic process seriously and err on the side of avoiding unnecessary use of technology on Shabbat and Yom Tov.

But we’re living through an unprecedented reality. Without technology, millions will find themselves alone for Seder this year, which is antithetical to the nature and spirit of the holiday. We were moved to see rulings from a number of rabbinic authorities, including a recent Rabbinical Assembly decision regarding the use of technology for the sedarim this year. As a result, we are happy to introduce the following opportunities for this year:


Join us for a Virtual Grief Circle with Dr. Barry Goldstein and Rabbi Barbara Zacky on Thursday, April 16 at 9 am. Join here.

At the end of Passover, we gather on the 8th day for Yizkor, our memorial service. Please join us that morning, April 16 at 10 am on Zoom here to lift up our loved one and recite Mourner’s Kaddish.

1st-night Zoom Seder Matches, April 8th
We’re better together! Click here if you’re holding seder and you’d be willing to have a few IKARites Zoom in, or if you’d like to be matched with a seder in the community. Deadline is Tuesday 4/7 at 12 pm.

Homespun Musical 2nd Night Community Seder with Hazzan Hillel, April 9th, 7-9 pm.
Hillel Tigay brings the sounds of Passover to our homes during a community-wide musical seder on Zoom. Register here.

IKAR Passover Guides

How to Prepare your Seder Table

Seder Guide 

Food & Other Guidelines

Forgot how to kasher your microwave? Wondering how you’ll make matzah brie when you can’t even find toilet paper? The Rabbinical Assembly put out some helpful guidelines for Passover this year, which you can read here. Among the resources, you’ll find our friend R’ Aaron Alexander’s rulings with the Kashrut subcommittee regarding food preparation and shopping in the unusual circumstances we’re facing this year.

As always, we encourage you to sell your hametz, this year through this online form. What’s the deal with Hametz?

Do you need help getting Kosher for Passover groceries? Please fill out this form.

We are grateful and pleased to share that The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles has generously provided our Rabbinic Discretionary Fund with money to assist our community members in purchasing food for Passover Seder this year. If we can help with funding for your groceries during this challenging time, please send a confidential note here.


What Haggadah should I use this year?
Well, that depends on what kind of seder experience you’re hoping to have. For our community seder, second night, we’ll put together an online Haggadah with all the basics. Stand by for that link. For your own sedarim, you might want to choose from one of the following:

A few of IKAR‘s Haggadah picks:
T’ruah’s Human Rights Haggadah
How Different Will This Night Be: 10 Tips for Your Virtual Seder

Haggadah Supplements:
HIAS – Take a Stand for Refugees Haggadah
AJWS – A Global Justice Haggadah: Next Year in a More Just World
Keshet – A Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Ally Haggadah
Mazon – A Jewish Response to Hunger
Free the Slaves – Resources on Slavery Today
Integrity First for America – On Hatred and Extremism in This Country

And some of our favorite make-your-own Haggadah sites and resources for leading seders:

The ABCs of a Basic Seder Haggadah  Hebrew, Transliteration, Translation of the essential core elements of the Seder

A Complete Traditional Haggadah Hebrew,Transliteration, Translation

A Different Night: The Family Participation Haggadah by Noam Zion and David Dishon  Hebrew Translation, Interpretive Notes

World’s Largest Seder Songbook  Song Parodies on the theme of Passover from the past musical history of at least 35 years


5780 Haroset Customs and Ingredients: Play Iron Chef and use recipes from around the World

A Secular Seder: The Haggadah for Cultural Jews, their Families and Friends By Herbert J. Levine Basic Hebrew, Translation, Notes