Frogs over here, frogs over there, frogs are jumping everywhere! Yes, it’s that time of year again, the holiday that features our hopping amphibian friends more than any other: Passover. (Second place: Shemini Atzeret.)
The Jewish Exponent cannot confirm or deny the existence of well-hidden afikomens at each and every one of these seders.
Without further ado, here are some of the community seders and celebrations to look out for in 5779, as pulled from our community calendar and beyond.
Friday, April 19
The first night comes with a bouquet of tantalizing options, from Philadelphia to Bensalem. Check ’em out!
Congregation Mikveh Israel invites all community members to join for the first seder. Services begin at 7:30 p.m. Rev. Charles Garson will be joining Rabbi Albert Gabbai in conducting the service. Call the synagogue office at 215-922-5446 for more information and to make your reservations. 44 N. Fourth St., Philadelphia.
Join Chabad of Penn Wynne’s fully prepared, inspiring community Passover seder. Prices: $25-$45. For more information and to RSVP: chabadpennwynne.org/seder. All are welcome, discounts available. For more information, call 610-529-9011. 8 p.m. At the Kaiserman JCC. 45 Haverford Road, Wynnewood.
Temple Beth Ami in Northeast Philadelphia will host a first night seder, open to the community. Prices: $28-$52. 9201 Old Bustleton Ave., Philadelphia.
Hillel’s Jewish Graduate Student Network invites you to be a part of what’s billed as the largest Passover seder for graduate students and young professionals in Philly. Prices: $15-$30. Hillel Steinhardt Hall. 215 S. 39th St., Philadelphia.
Saturday, April 20
Seders! Seders as far as the eye can see! Some of these have precious little time left to RSVP, so hop to it. Happy seder-ing!
The Bensalem Jewish Outreach Center invites you to join them for a seder that will “inspire, educate, and enable you to relive the Exodus in a fun and meaningful way.” Prices: $20-$35. Reservations required at BensalemOutreach.org/Passover. 2446 Bristol Road, Bensalem.
Main Line Reform Temple invites you to a meaningful second night seder to hear the retelling of the Jewish people’s journey from slavery to freedom. The seder will be led by Rabbi Geri Newburge and Cantor Faryn Rudnick and catered by Savona Restaurant. BYOB and dessert. Prices: $15-$39. RSVP by April 9 at mlrt.org/2nd-night-passover-seder-reservations. Questions? Contact Tobin Moskowitz at email@example.com or 610-649-7800. 410 Montgomery Ave., Wynnewood.
Congregation Beth El-Ner Tamid will host a second night seder at 6:15 p.m. Price: $18-$36. RSVP at 610-356-8700. Open to the community. 715 Paxon Hollow Road, Broomall.
Beth Israel Congregation is hosting a community seder at 6:30 p.m. If you are interested in attending, call 610-458-8550 to make a reservation. Prices $15-$30 (children under 4 are free). 385 Pottstown Pike, Eagle.
Join Temple Brith Achim at 6 p.m. in celebration of the second night of Passover. The seder will be led by Rabbi Eric Lazar. For more information, call 610-337-2222. 481 South Gulph Road, King of Prussia.
Wednesday, April 24
Keep the fun going into Chol Hamoed!
The Congregations of Shaare Shamayim hold an annual Passover BBQ at 6 p.m. Prices: $13-$20. Join the synagogue family for a night of someone else doing the cooking and cleaning up. Call the CSS office at 215-677-1600 for details or to make your reservations. 9768 Veree Road, Philadelphia.
Thursday, April 25
…the seders never end! They should really do one every night of Passover.
Jewish Veg, a nonprofit organization that encourages and helps Jews to adopt plant-based diets as an expression of Jewish values, will hold a vegan Passover seder. This will be the second community vegan seder to be held in Philadelphia, following a successful, sold-out event in 2018, also held at the Philadelphia Ethical Society. Everyone attending will receive a special Haggadah created by Jewish Veg. Prices $36-$48. Student discounts are available. Buy at JewishVeg.org/Passover-Philadelphia. 1906 Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia.