Be a Leader!
A Seder leader! The CJL is looking for creative Seder leaders for Passover. If you have an idea for an interesting seder, email email@example.com.
Check out last year's Seder choices for inspiration:
“This $eder is about to Blow!"
Ke$ha, Katy Perry and a rabbi walk into the CJL… Wanna know the punch line? Or what on earth the first two could have to do with Passover? Or what it means to be "free" in today's society? Or even why some seder plates include an orange on them? Then, join us for a fun and exciting Passover seder where we'll cover all of the tradition with a new modern twist. Come prepared to sing, read (mostly English, with some optional Hebrew), laugh, and maybe even dance. This is going to be a relaxed and enjoyable experience (that we promise to keep on the short side) with a lot of encouraged participation. So get ready, because this seder is about to blow. If you only knew what the future holds…"
-Kate Fischl, Class of 2011 and Lily Alberts, Class of 2013
The traditional seder is open to participants of all levels. Whether you grew up having a seder every year with your family or whether you have never been to a seder, you are welcome to join us. No experience or knowledge of Hebrew is necessary, and no question is too simple. This seder will include all the traditional components conducted in an explanatory fashion for those who wish to know more. But, as with any good seder, the questions will probably be more numerous and more interesting than the answers. Those with more knowledge and experience are encouraged to help lead and explain the seder.
-Daniel Mark, Graduate Student
The AEPi and Friends Seder
Celebrate the first seder with the brothers of AEPi. We will recount the story of our bondage in Egypt, where Pharaoh mercilessly hazed us, and our exodus from Egypt as we headed to the land God pledged to us (which, if I might add, is closer to Beirut...). Elijah was in AEPi, so if you have been waiting years and years for him to finally come and not put that precious cub of spirits to waste, come to our seder. He will be there.
-Sam Schatz, Class of 2013
The "Why Remember" Seder
Since we were little children we've eaten the matza and drunk the wine, searched for the afikoman, all to celebrate this night of Passover with our family and friends. Why do we keep going through the motions, or why should we start now? It's been three thousand years! What are we remembering? Why do we remember it? How can a story so old be relevant to our lives today? Join this Seder to ask these questions (and any others you would like to raise), and give your interpretation as well as hear what your friends think about it.
-Avital Hazony, Class of 2012
A Seder for the New Jewish Feminist
A traditional Seder will focus on the role of Moses, Pharaoh and Aaron but where are Miriam and Yocheved? Come and explore the intersection of Judaism and feminism at the CJL’s first feminist seder (bra-burning welcome but not required). Today, a whole new generation of women must define what it means to be a Jew and a feminist during the time of Hilary Clinton and Sarah Palin, of female Israeli Defense Forces and Snooki. We will only have a couple of hours, not 40 years but join us to begin or continue your journey. No experience with Hebrew or feminism is necessary: just an open mind. Open to both men and women.
-Rachael Alexandroff, Class of 2012
Reform Seder (and Song!)
This will be a Reform-style seder with lots of Passover songs, accompanied on guitar by Brian. (If you've ever attended Kesher services, he's the one with the guitar). Jews of ALL denominations and levels of observance are welcome. This seder also aims to include the most important parts of the Passover seder, while also keeping it on the short side. Participants need not know Passover songs, or how to read Hebrew, or even how to sing on pitch.
-Brian Lipshutz, Class of 2012
Celebrate the first night of Passover with fellow graduate students and local young professionals.
-Leader to be announced