Passover begins on Friday night, April 22. Whether you’re looking for a community seder, a chance to brush up on your holiday knowledge, or a fun family activity, our Center City Kehillah organizations are the place to go. Read on, and keep checking back, as we’ll be updating this post from now through the first seder. If you have additional questions about the holiday, feel free to be in touch.
Sunday 4/3: Pesach University
10:00 am-3:00 pm, Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, 18th and Spruce
Why is this holiday different from all other holidays? Come for a day of discovery, food, and fun while you delve deeper into the meaning of Pesach. Spend the morning learning from the BZBI clergy and a BZBI congregant, lunch, and the afternoon with authors Dr. Murray Spiegel and Ricky Stein as they present “300 Ways to Enhance your Seder.” Childcare is available.
Monday 4/4: Learning in Pairs – Jewish American Passover: How We Tell Our Story
7:00-8:30 pm, the National Museum of American Jewish History, 5th and Market
Join Rabbi Abe Friedman (Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel) and Ronit Lusky for the 5th session in our Learning in Pairs series. $10 suggested donation includes a light dinner.
Sunday 4/10: Songs of Freedom: a Passover JAM
4:00 pm, 400 W Ellet St, Philadelphia, PA 19119
Songs of Freedom is a GJC J.A.M. (Jewish Arts & Movement) program geared towards children, but welcome to all! Music educator & singer-songwriter Chana Rothman (& friends) will be performing songs from Chana’s Rainbow Train album. Come explore the possibilities & choices life brings us, self-acceptance, pride and freedom in self-identity. This event is FREE; register in advance for your free tickets. Germantown Jewish Centre extends thanks and gratitude to the Harold & Renee Berger Family Engagement Endowment Fund for generously funding this program.
Sunday 4/10: Parent/Child Pre-Passover Painting Workshop
4:30-5:30 pm, The Expressive Hand, 622 South 9th Street
Join jkidphilly, InterfaithFamily/Philadelphia and the Renaissance Group at Expressive Hand in Philadelphia to paint an Elijah’s Cup or Miriam’s Cup to enhance your Passover Seder table. There will be snacks, activities, and kid-friendly Passover fun. Cost is $20 per painter. Please register here!
Wednesday 4/13: 4th Annual Freedom Seder Revisited
6:30 pm, the National Museum of American Jewish History, 5th and Market
What does freedom mean to you? Inspired by the original 1969 Freedom Seder, where hundreds of people of all backgrounds gathered to explore and celebrate freedom in the context of the Civil Rights Movement, this communal event invites you to the Passover table for an evening of commemoration, stories, and a community exploration of freedom in America today. In partnership with First Person Arts. Sponsored by PECO. Media Sponsor: Al Día. Remarks from Mayor Jim Kenney and Rabbi Arthur Waskow, and featuring performances by many local artists.
Wednesday 4/13: Making Passover Meaningful
7:00 pm, Mishkan Shalom, 4101 Freeland Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19128
The Passover Seder, or “order,” is one of the most widely observed and engaging of all Jewish ritual events. Explore ways to blend tradition and family customs with relevant and contemporary practice to create a rich, participatory, Passover experience for all. Rabbi Yael Levy’s approach to mindfulness is deeply rooted in Jewish tradition. It grows out of her deep personal commitment to spiritual practice and a passionate belief in its potential to change not only individuals but also the world. $9.00 members / $18.00 non-members
Friday 4/15: KleinLife: Center City Passover Seder
11:00 am, 2100 Arch Street
Our chaplain, Rabbi Beth Janus, will lead the seder, with our participants reading selections from the Hagaddah. A delicious seder meal will be served along with musical accompaniment. RSVP By April 6 to email@example.com or 215-832-0659.
Friday 4/15: Family Shabbat Celebration – Almost Leaving Egypt
5:30 pm, 2000 Chestnut St, 2nd Floor (entrance on 20th St)
Join Makom Community families for a raucous Friday night service where sitting still is discouraged, and we’ll have our family learning huddles about Passover. We’re almost ready to leave Egypt! Is your family? Come learn and play with us, and you will be!
Friday 4/15: Seeking Refuge: Turn the Tables Passover Dinner
7:15-9:00 pm (immediately following services), Congregation Rodeph Shalom, 615 N Broad Street
This Passover, Repair the World, HIAS, and Congregation Rodeph Shalom present #SupportForRefugees, a campaign focused on the global refugee crisis. The Passover story challenges us to remember–and even relive–a time when Jews found liberation through creating abundance out of scarcity together. Let’s challenge ourselves to see that we can continue to find liberation through sharing our resources with others in exodus. Join us for a FREE dinner and program at Congregation Rodeph Shalom, immediately following services. Please bring a side dish or bottle of wine to share.
Friday 4/22 and Saturday 4/23: Mikveh Israel Passover Seders
7:15 pm, 44 North 4th street
Enjoy delicious super Glatt kosher meals with energetic spiritual Seder experience according to the Sephardi Tradition. Call for reservations 215-922-5446. Additional meals are available for lunch on 4/23 and 4/24, dinner on 4/28 and 4/29, and lunch on 4/29 and 4/30.
Friday 4/22 and Saturday 4/23: Community Seders at B’nai Abraham
8:00 pm, 527 Lombard Street
Join us for an inspirational Passover Seder and experience the deeper meaning of Passover in a warm and motivational environment, complete with a traditional Seder dinner, insights, singing, four cups of wine, and Matzah galore! Whether you are a Seder veteran or a curious explorer, our Seder offers a stimulating and satisfying experience! Cost: $20/person. RSVP via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday 4/22: Grad Network First Night Passover Seder
8:00 pm, Steinhardt Hall – 215 S. 39th St.
Grad Network’s annual first night Passover Seder welcomes ALL of Philly’s graduate students and young professionals. The evening includes a fully catered kosher dinner, and a complete (abbreviated) Seder including singing, story telling and 4 (or more) cups of wine.
Saturday 4/23: SHS’s 2nd Night Community Passover Seder
6:00 pm, Society Hill Synagogue, 418 Spruce Street
Join Rabbi Avi Winokur as he leads the community in a creative, fun-filled, and interactive Seder on the second night of Passover. RSVP and Pre-Payment required by April 16.
Saturday 4/23: Leyv Ha-Ir Community Seder
6:30 pm, The Philadelphian, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave., Social Room A
A full seder will be led by Rabbi Julie Greenberg with Cantorial Candidate Jessi Roemer. A complete kosher Passover dinner will be served. Choice of entree, including a vegetarian option, is be available. Passover wine is included, and you are invited to also bring your own dinner wine. Children are welcome and there will be afikomen prizes for them.
Saturday 4/23: Mekor Habracha Community Seder
After Shabbat (candle lighting is 8:38 pm), 2000 Chestnut Street, entrance on 20th just south of Chestnut
Mekor Habracha will be hosting a community Pesach seder led by Rabbi Hirsch on the second night of Passover, Motzei Shabbat, April 23. The cost is $50 per person ($52.40 if using PayPal), children free, cost adjustments available. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to email@example.com & send payment no later than Thursday, 4/14. To pay, use Venmo, PayPal, or send a check to Mekor Habracha, c/o Ellen Geller, 768 north Croskey St., Philadelphia, PA 19130.
Monday 4/25-Thursday 4/28: Makom Community Camps
9:00 am-6:00 pm, 2000 Chestnut St, 2nd Floor (entrance on 20th St)
Is your 4-10 year old child out of school for full or half-days during Passover? Join Makom Community for great camp days that include field trips around Center City. Cost $70/day + field trip tickets.
Wednesday 4/27: LGBTQ & Allies Community Seder
6:00-9:00 pm, William Way Center, 1315 Spruce Street
J.Proud Jewish Philly LGBTQ Consortium will host a seder with an LGBTQ lens. Includes kosher for Passover dinner with vegetarian/vegan options, wine, and dessert. Service led by Rabbi Isabel de Koninck. Dinner catered by Foodarama. General Admission $30, students and 65+ $18, under 18 $10. For financial assistance email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday 4/30: Shabbat Last Day of Pesach
9:00 am, Mishkan Shalom, 4101 Freeland Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19128
We will be celebrating the last day of Pesach with music, reflection on our Pesach experience, and a special Torah study session on the Crossing of the Sea at 9:00 am. Services with Rabbi Shawn and Julie Benioff at 10:00 am with Hallel and Yizkor included.