Dear Friends,

At the end of the Passover seder last year, I must admit, when I said, "Next year in Jerusalem," rather than the actual city, I had in mind a metaphorical Jerusalem, a time and place to celebrate liberation together with friends and family. I had no idea that this year’s seders would indeed look a lot like last year’s small, Zoom ones. I am very hopeful that next year we will gather as we have in years past. But that still leaves Passover 2021/5781.

While last year the seders came right on the heels of the lockdown, this year there are many more resources for making your pandemic seder especially meaningful and relevant for the times.  

Before the pandemic, one in five Americans struggled with a mental illness. The Centers for Disease Control reports that today that number has nearly doubled. The Blue Dove Foundation, whose mission is to raise awareness of and combat mental illness in the Jewish community, offers resources to incorporate mental wellness into your seder. Or check out the Seder In Time of the Plague: reflections, suggestions, readings, activities for a seder where families are separated. You can even add some pandemic humor to your seder.

Whether in person or by Zoom, we hope you have a happy and meaningful Passover.
If you are celebrating Easter, we wish you an uplifting and joyous holiday.

B'ruach Ha'nitina -- In the Spirit of Giving,