Don’t Pass Over These Community Pesach Events


By now, you’ve probably stocked up on matzah and are ready to welcome Passover.

But if you’re reading this and thinking, “Wait, Passover is tomorrow?!” then lucky for you, there are plenty of events going on to satisfy your gefilte fish craving, if that’s a thing.

If all else fails, you can just regress to your childhood — or your kids’ and grandkids’ childhoods — and watch A Rugrats Passover or The Prince of Egypt to get in the holiday spirit. (If “When You Believe” from The Prince of Egypt doesn’t get the tears flowing like the Red Sea, you’re lying. Especially this version.)

Here are ways the community is celebrating, as pulled from our community calendar and beyond.

Friday, March 30

For the first night of Passover, there are plenty of seders and communal celebrations going on, some of which — not all — you may still have time to RSVP for.

Temple Beth Ami will celebrate the first night of Passover with a traditional seder at 7 p.m. Bring your friends and family to share in the beauty and remembrances of a traditional Pesach seder. 9201 Old Bustleton Ave., Philadelphia.

Chabad of Penn Wynne’s community seder will take place at 7:45 p.m. at Kaiserman JCC. The only time you will ever have to lift a finger will be to raise your glass. Call 610-529-9011 for more information. 45 Haverford Road, Wynnewood.

B’nai Abraham Chabad will hold two communal Passover seders, March 30 at 8 p.m., and March 31 at 8 p.m. $10 students and seniors; $20 adults. All are invited. Send RSVPs to [email protected] Call 215-238-2100 for more information. 527 Lombard St., Philadelphia.

Young professionals were invited to join the Jewish Graduate Student Network by March 26 for what was promised to be a traditional yet abbreviated seder with plenty of wine at Penn Hillel. 215 S. 39th St., Philadelphia.

Chabad Young Philly will host the first and second night with free seders at 8:30 p.m. at Chabad House (“that’s why it’s called the Festival of our FREEdom after all,” reads the event’s Facebook page). RSVP early via Chabad Young Philly’s Facebook page. 1432 Catharine St., Philadelphia.

At 7 p.m., join Congregation Mikveh Israel for a “sumptuous” Passover meal with spiritually uplifting and humorous stories and insightful discussions. Services continue March 31 followed by the second seder at 7 p.m. Call the synagogue at 215-922-5446 for more information and for reservations. 44 N. Fourth St., Philadelphia.

Saturday, March 31

Again, some of these may have expired RSVP dates, but at least you’ll be in the know, right?

The annual second night Passover seder at Congregation Ohev Shalom in Wallingford starts at 5:30 p.m. The traditional communal celebration of Passover is open to all. Price range $25 to $50. Call 610-874-1465 for more information. 2 Chester Road, Wallingford.

Join Temple Sholom in Broomall’s annual second night Passover seder at 5:30 p.m. BYOB. Prices range from $15 to $36. Can you bring a seder plate to share? Let them know when you RSVP. Contact Melissa Fein, [email protected], Bev Granoff, [email protected], or the office at 610-356-5165 or [email protected] 55 N. Church Lane, Broomall.

Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir~Heart of the City welcomes the community to its annual second night seder at The Philadelphian at 6 p.m. Rabbi Julie Greenberg and musical guests will engage in the ritual of the evening. Kosher-style food, families and children are welcome. Call 215-629-1995 for more information. 2401 Pennsylvania Ave., Social Room A, Philadelphia.

At 6 p.m., Kehilat Hanahar will hold its annual Community Passover Seder for all at the Stockton Fire Company Hall. The facility is wheelchair-accessible. Reservations are required. Details are available at the registration link on the website Call 215-862-1912. 9 Mill Street, Stockton, N.J.

Melrose B’nai Israel Emanu-El will hold a second night Passover seder at 6:30 p.m., open to the community. There will be singing, storytelling and searching for the afikomen. Kosher-for-Passover desserts, wine and grape juice included. Adults: $30-$68. Call 215-635-1505 for details. 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park.

Congregation Rodeph Shalom clergy will lead a multigenerational, family-friendly seder at 5:30 p.m. Of note: This event is BYOB, so bring plenty of wine for that finger-dipping. 615 N. Broad St., Philadelphia.

Sunday, April 1

The fun doesn’t stop after the seder.

If you’re looking for an untraditional way to celebrate, the Please Touch Museum will hold a pop-up holiday program from April 1 to 3 with activities such as a pretend seder children can set up or a trip to the “Matz-eum.” There’s also a Passover storytelling program. Call 215-581-3181. 4231 Avenue of the Republic (formerly North Concourse Drive), Philadelphia.

Tribe 12 will host an inclusive, LGBTQA, family-friendly Passover seder at Kol Tzedek at 6:30 p.m. Contact Rachel A. for more details to come at [email protected] 

[email protected]215-832-0740


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