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Main Office: 27 Shaw Street, New London, CT 06320
Postal address: PO Box 1310, New London, CT 06320
Crossroads Presbyterian Church: 70 Cross Road, Waterford, CT
Temple Emanu-El: 29 Dayton Road, Waterford, CT
Rabbi Rachel Safman
Has the COVID-19 epidemic burdened your Passover planning? Have you suddenly become the seder's host (at home or virtually)? Trying to figure out what you're going to cook not that Aunt Myrtle won't be serving her famous sweet potato tsimmes? Fear not, Congregation Beth El has put together some resources to facilitate your festival planning.
Below you will find a schedule of online classes and programs (including an online recipe swap!), links to virtual haggadot (and a link for purchasing printed copies at a discount), information on Pesach food packages and food delivery for those unable to procure their own supplies.
Get some tips for running a seder in cyberspace or learn some traditional texts on which our contemporary seder is based. All three of Rabbi Safman's Zoom classes on preparing for Pesach can be accessed by clicking this link:
Tips for Hosting an Online Seder (including some technical pointers) – Tuesday April 7 @ 4 p.m.
Manna to Matza Brie – April 5 @ 4 p.m.
Show off your Passover savior-faire in an online recipe swap. We'll be convening a Zoom conference to allow cooks to not only describe but also demonstrate the making of some delectable chametz-free dishes. Send your recipes to the Beth El office by Mon, April 4 and we'll make them available as a downloadable cookbook. Click here to join the "meeting".
VIRTUAL SEDER – THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 6:00pm
Join us on the Second Night of Pesach for a congregational seder conducted online using the Zoom platform. We'll be dipping into the Charoset, asking lots of questions, and even searching for the Affikoman – virtually – before it's time to sing "Dayeinu".
To connect to our virtual seder, click this link
(Note: Participants in our Virtual Seder should have access to The Feast of Freedom Haggadah. See the section below for information on obtaining your own copy by download or conventional mail.)
Passover: The Feast of Freedom - This classic, bestselling Passover haggadah features insightful commentary, clear instructions, and bold artwork by Israel Prize-winning artist Dan Reisinger.
Printed copies at a discount:
List price $18.95, now on sale for $13.00
This year the Rabbinical Assembly is extending our bulk rate on the haggadah to orders of any size.
Downloadable (PDF) copies are also available from the Rabbinical Assembly by clicking here
Other suggestions for accessing haggadot online:
The Thirty Minute Seder - A great quick service for those wanting to touch on all the highlights of the traditional ritual before launching into dinner. Good for families with young children or adults with short attention spans 😉 https://store.30minuteseder.com/
Kveller - A fun, colorful haggadah that is easy to follow: http://www.kveller.com/haggadah
Jewish Boston (The Wandering is Over) – A thought-provoking text that nevertheless allows you to complete the ritual in about 45 mins. It includes many useful tips for first-time seder hosts: https://www.jewishboston.com/the-wandering-is-over-haggadah/?fbclid=IwAR17dnI9r-Lzre5YaBiGGeXiWuOEnJBSx4wDzEy_kmIJM6kTC-oushDnw9w
JewBelong – A hip choice targeting millennials, but fun for their parents (or grandparents), too. This is the Haggadah for those seeking a meaningful experience but allergic to traditional ritual:
Tru'ah – A Haggadah celebrating human-rights and Pesach's enduring message of freedom: https://www.truah.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Print-at-Home-PDF.pdf