Tips to Prepare Your Seder Faster

In writing the Passover e-guide, “Celebrate Passover: How to Plan a Fun, Simple Seder,” I had a series of personal “aha” moments. Specifically, I reminded myself what huge timesavers checklists can be. There are three of them in the e-book that I can’t believe I waited so many years to create. #1 - Seder shopping list In years past, I’d make a Seder shopping list each year, looking through the Haggadah, seeing if I had any old menus and to-dos stuck in my “holiday” drawer. Now, I don’t have to recreate it every year. How did that never occur to me before?! It doesn’t include the … [Read more...]

How to Plan Your Seder Around 15 Steps

Are you hosting your family’s Seder this year? If so, are you panicking ?  Please, no panicking. Whether you’re new to putting on a Seder or you’ve done it for years, we can provide some tips and techniques. If people volunteer to bring dishes -- and there isn't a concern about kashrut (keeping kosher) -- they will feel good to be able to help. Many people like to bring their personal family favorites to share -- and it makes them feel good to bring Bubbe's special potato kugel. Or, if you have non-cooks who still want to help, they can bring wine, beautiful strawberries, or … [Read more...]

Tailoring the Seder for Young Children

Miriam danced with her timbrels

We’re planning to tailor our Seder this year to the youngest among us. The little ones coming won’t be able to sit through a Seder that is even as long as our usual ones.  But they will enjoy some “big” moments, I think. They are used to joining us for parades around the house, where we play instruments and march to the beat of popular tunes. So I believe we can translate this to Passover, in the form of a simple re-enactment of the Exodus from Egypt. Passover Story Re-Enactment For the play part, we’ll need: A narrator (with a basic script) to tell us what actions to take, … [Read more...]

Passover – What Would Help You?

Passover starts March 25th!

Hang on for the 2013 Jewish holiday ride – everything is so early! First Seder is Monday, March 25th.   And when you think Thanksgiving this year, add some latkes to that turkey menu! We’re now in the final planning of new Passover materials for families. What would help you the most? Please take this 2-minute survey to give us your input. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/STB97FN Or email us your comments to ellen@jewishholidaysinabox.com Wishing everyone a Happy 2013! … [Read more...]