Last-Minute Ways to Get Ready for Seder

Seder Plate

Are you hosting the Seder this year – but you haven’t planned it yet? Don’t panic. If you’re looking for easy how-to guidance, grab a copy of our instantly downloadable  Celebrate Passover: How to Plan a Fun, Simple Seder.  You'll get a Seder shopping list, how to set the Seder table, and lots, lots more! Plus, you get two audio tutorials, with a pronunciation guide. Passover 2016 is from sunset, Friday, April 22 through nightfall, Saturday, April 30 And if you want to customize your Seder, but need ideas that are super fast? Look at these for inspiration - then choose from your family's … [Read more...]

Passover Recipes with a Twist

Vintage Passover Seder Plate On Dark Background.

                      I vacillate between wanting to keep tradition and add new elements to our Seder each year. A few years ago, we experimented with not having brisket for Passover, serving chicken Marbella instead. What a big hit! So when I found this Chicago Tribune article with modern Passover recipes, I loved the advice to keep the favorites, but experiment with some new choices. Passover 2016 is from sunset, Friday, April 22 through nightfall, Saturday, April 30 Charoset from two worlds … [Read more...]

Passover Steps – Walking Through the Haggadah

Did you ever attend a Seder, waiting for your turn to read, wondering where you were in the journey through the Haggadah – and when it would be time for dinner? Some of you know my story and the beginnings of Jewish Holidays in a Box. I was leaning on the kitchen counter peeling carrots on the morning of our Seder when I had an AHA moment. The Haggadahs (the booklets that take you through the Seder step-by-step) we’d been using for years weren’t kid-friendly. And they didn’t truly tell the story of Passover, with its wonderful drama and symbolism. At the time, our girls were 6 and … [Read more...]

Passover on Pinterest

Seder Plate made from tuna cans

Do you love Pinterest as much as I do? For Passover, you can easily get overwhelmed by all the possibilities! Start by scanning our Passover -- Telling Stories Pinterest board for at-a-glance ideas. They range from crafts to recipes to drinks to FAQs of all kinds. Check out: How to make a Passover Goblet for Elijah with the kids How to set up an awesome Seder Exodus tablescape  How to make this fun, simple tuna can Seder plate from BibleBeltBalabusta. See our version above from last year.   How to make matzah grilled cheese  Links to helpful posts Explore our former posts for … [Read more...]

Passover Seder Hosting for Newbies

Passover Seder

                If the idea of hosting a Passover Seder feels overwhelming, stop and take a deep breath. We’ve got some resources that should make it much easier for you – and more fun. Passover 2016 is from sunset on Friday, April 22 through nightfall, Saturday, April 30 Start by imagining what kind of Seder would work for your family. Our family is an interfaith group that has about 45 minutes of Seder in them – not including dinner – before there’s a rebellion. (I lead the Seder. So I watch the body language to get a … [Read more...]