Local seders away from home

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Families and friends across the world will sit down for their Passover seders on the evenings of April 14 and 15. For those looking for a more communal celebration, or for those who are away from home during the holiday, there are plenty of community seders that will be held in the greater Washington area. Check out some local seder options.

April 14


Sixth & I Community Seder: Sixth & I in the District will host a festive and traditional Passover seder from 7 to 9 p.m. led by Chazzan Larry Paul and musician Robyn Helzner. The seder will include a full kosher-for-Passover meal. For more information, go to sixthandi.org or 202-408-3100.

Participatory Passover Seder: Also held at Sixth & I will be a participatory seder for those in their 20s and 30s led by Rabbi Scott Perlo from 8:15 to 10:15 p.m. It will include a full kosher-for-Passover meal. For more information, go to sixthandi.org or 202-408-3100.

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The People’s Seder-Chabad in Downtown Bethesda: Join Chabad of Bethesda-Chevy Chase at 8 p.m. for a first night seder. For more information, go to shalomchabad.com or call 301-913-9777.

First Night Farm to Table Passover Seder: Arcadia Farm will celebrate the first night of Passover by hosting the District’s only farm-to-table seder at Equinox in the District from 7 to 10 p.m. For more information, email [email protected]tondcjcc.org or 202-777-3255.


First Night Passover Seder at WHC: Rabbi Noah Fabricant and Cantor Mikhail Manevich will lead a traditional seder for all Washington Hebrew Congregation members, family and friends from 6 to 9 p.m. On April 23 at 6:30 p.m., WHC will host a seder dinner for the congregation’s interfaith neighbors to mark the end of Passover. For more information, go to whctemple.org or 202-362-7100.

Community Passover Seder: Chabad Shul of Potomac will host a first night seder at 8:15 p.m., with readings in English and Hebrew, and contemporary explanations throughout. For more information, go to chabadpotomac.com or call 301-762-0404.

First Night Seder: George Washington University Hillel will host a seder for students and community members at 7:30 p.m. While walk-ins will be accepted, reservations are preferred. gw.hillel.org.

Passover seders at Chabad Lubavitch of Alexandria-Arlington: Passover seders with catered meals, shmurah matzah and four cups of wine will be held Monday and Tuesday at the home of Rabbi and Mrs. Newman in Alexandria at 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., respectively. For more information, go to chabadalexandria.org or call 703-370-2774.

April 15

Communal Second Seder: Congregation Har Tzeon-Agudath Achim will host a second night seder from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Participants will have the opportunity to be part of the Haggadah or tell a Pesach-related story. Waiters will serve a festive meal and the congregation’s teachers will engage children in educational activities. [email protected] or 301-649-3800.

Annual Community Seder: Rabbi Bruce Aft will lead a second seder at Congregation Adat Reyim from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. filled with the congregation’s traditions, songs, food and desserts. [email protected] or 703-569-7577.

Family Passover Celebration: Temple Beth Ami will host a free Passover celebration for preschool-age children and families at 10:30 a.m. Cantor Larry Eschler will lead a Passover sing-a-long, followed by a matzah brei nosh. bethami.org or 301-340-6818.

Community Second Seder: The Temple Sinai Women of Reform Judaism will host a seder led by Rabbi Jonathan Roos and accompanied by Cantor Robyn Helzner. The Baskin Haggadah will be used. Contact Celia Josephs at [email protected] or at 202-997-0381
Fifth Annual Freedom Seder Gender Equality and Empower[women]t: GW Hillel will host a gender equality-themed seder for students and alumni. Co-sponsored by Williams House, JSA and GW Hillel. bit.ly/freedomseder.

Second Seder: U.Md. Hillel is hosting a seder at 7 p.m. and offering training, materials and resources for those interested in hosting their own seder. marylandhillel.org/passover2014.

Greek Life Seder: At U.Md.’s Ritchie Coliseum, Hillel and Jews in Greek life are putting on a Greek life seder to celebrate as a Greek Jewish Community. For more information, and to become a table captain, contact Corinne Bernstein, [email protected]

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