Passover 5780/2020

The holiday of Passover, celebrated for so many years in so many ways across the globe, has many names. In this time of uncertainty and fear, we recall with gratitude that Passover is also known as zman heiruteinu, the season of liberation.

In this season of liberation we reach out across isolation, across borders, and across fear to be together, to grow together, and to make liberation a reality in our time. This year may we fight for each other through a plague and demand the world we need for each of our families and the whole planet. This year may we find joy together in our journey towards freedom — with art, music, song and connection. Join us in making this a season of liberation.



The second night of Passover – Thursday, April 9
5pm Pacific / 7pm Central / 8pm Eastern
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The Seattle chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace welcomes the broader JVP community and all who are interested and seeking community in these times to join us for our 14th annual Passover Seder.

Through the telling of the Exodus story, we’ll make connections to present-day struggles for liberation, including liberation in Palestine, and consider how we can work toward liberation in our world. We are excited to gather virtually in a time when we all need ritual and connection, and hope to provide a meaningful Passover experience with music, ritual and different ways to connect with each other! Please join us if you can, and invite family and friends.


Sunday, April 12
2pm Pacific / 4pm Central / 5pm Eastern
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Share with us: How will you bring Palestine to your Passover?
During the eight days of Passover (April 8-15), JVP-Boston will post online short videos from our members and friends describing how we bring Palestine to our Passover traditions. We’d love to hear from you. Send us a video – or many! In the 20 seconds it takes to wash your hands, share with us how you’re bringing Palestine to your Passover.


Many other JVP chapters around the country are also holding online seders for their local communities — including in DC, Knoxville, Indiana, and NYC. To find and connect with a local chapter, head to

Preparing for Passover in the Time of COVID-19

JVP Ritual for Cleaning and Protecting

Join members across the world in a pre-Passover removal of leavened bread ritual and placing of symbolic protection over our doors. On this night we choose to create ritual in solidarity with all people.

From this ritual guide, here is a collection of beautiful and original downloadable and printable signs to mark your door before, during or even after Passover. Thank you to these phenomenal artists.

Art by Nomy Lamm, JVP Seattle member and Kohenet, @nomyteaches. Download here.

Art by Bekah Starr, Kohenet, @bekahstarrart. Download here. Color it in and/or add your own words of people or places that you wish to send protection to.

Art by Wendy Elisheva Somerson, JVP Seattle member, @wendyelisheva. Download here. Prints for sale here.

We want to see you with your doors of protection and solidarity. Please post on your social media platforms and tag us & the artists! (Twitter: @JVPlive; Facebook: @Jewish Voice for Peace) or email it to us to post online at Let’s connect through our doorways!
#WePassThroughTogether #SpreadSolidarity #Passover5780 #PassoverProtection

Seder in the Time of a Pandemic

New Offerings for Your Passover Table

 Safety Through Solidarity Haggadah Insert: “Four Children/Four Voices: How do we move towards liberation in these times” from JVP-NYC chapter members Theo Rehm and Eve Feldberg.

 “Fight for the Health of Your Community” a new collection of Passover seder readings by Rabbi Brant Rosen for this moment.

The Passover Seder invites us to wash our hands twice. You might read aloud from Dori Midnight’s Wash Your Hands poem:

We are humans relearning to wash our hands.
Washing our hands is an act of love
Washing our hands is an act of care
Washing our hands is an act that puts the hypervigilant body at ease
Washing our hands helps us return to ourselves by washing away what does not serve.
Wash your hands
like you are washing the only teacup left that your great grandmother carried across the ocean, like you are washing the hair of a beloved who is dying, like you are washing the feet of Grace Lee Boggs, Beyonce, Jesus, your auntie, Audre Lorde, Mary Oliver- you get the picture.
Like this water is poured from a jug your best friend just carried for three miles from the spring they had to climb a mountain to reach.
Like water is a precious resource
made from time and miracle

Family Friendly Virtual Seder Guide. An offering from Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb of the JVP Rabbinical Council: Creative, expressive and short! This seder splits parts between households for families across the world to celebrate together over Zoom.  If you enjoy this Haggadah, please donate $3 to Rabbi Gottlieb’s PayPal at

What to Do in a Pandemic Animal Coloring Pages: Original illustrations by Ricardo Levins Morales, adapted for coloring pages by Cory Teshera-Levye.

PDF Files, to print on 8.5×11″ or A4 paper: All 10 Animals | Stay Aware Fox | Support Loon | Limit Exposure Beavers | Wash Frequently Butterfly | Calm Turtle | Check In Cubs | Offer Support Elephant | Resting Leopard | Accept Feelings DogOrganizer Bee

These files are free for non-commercial use. If you would like to support the artist with a donation, make a purchase from this site, or send via paypal to

Resources from Years Past


 JVP Liberatory Passover Haggadah from JVP Rabbinical Council

Compilation of Radical Haggadot from Lefty Shabbaton

Passover Toolkit: Setting the Stage for the Great Narrative of Liberation 5775/2015 Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb offers a pared-down Passover seder with inspiration and room for contemplation.

Passover/Pesaj Haggadah from JVP-Tuscon’s Cross-Border Solidarity Seder 5776/2016 from JVP-Tuscon


Yachatz / Matzah Dedication JVP Haggadah Supplement 5779/2019 from Rachel Kipnes, Zora Berman, Rabbi Margaret Holub, Rabbi Dev Noily, Rachel Lee, Channa Rose Rabinovitz & Ilana Lerman

Maggid: Telling the Story of How a People Gets Free 5778.2018, from Arian Katz & Miriam Grossman of the JVP Rabbinical Council

Dayenu! Basta! Halas! We’ve had enough!, from Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb


A Guide to Difficult Conversations about Israel and Palestine

JVP Family Recipes