Passover is April 8-16, 2020 - Get the Scoop on This Jewish Holiday

The Jewish Holiday is Celebrated With Family Using Social Distancing This Year

By Informational Post March 24, 2020

The Jewish holiday of Passover begins at nightfall on April 8 and runs for 8 days through the day of April 16, 2020. This is a very special Jewish holiday as Jews give up the love of bread or unleavened bread for this period and only eat Matzah or leavened bread. 



So just what is Leavened bread?? Any food that's made of grain and water that have been allowed to ferment and "rise." Bread, cereal, cake, cookies, pizza, pasta, and beer are blatant examples of chametz; but any food that contains grain or grain derivatives can be, and often is, Chametz or leavened bread. Practically speaking, any processed food that is not certified "Kosher for Passover" may potentially include chametz ingredients, so Jews get rid of it for the 8 days of Passover.

This tradition is based on the fact that the Jewish people had to leave Egypt in haste and did not have enough time for their bread to rise. Instead, they ate matzah, which is a flat unleavened bread. Many Jews put all their Chametz away for Passover and sell it to a Non-Jew. An easy way to accomplish this is by visiting Chabad and selling it online by April 8, 2020. 



One of the biggest traditions in celebrating Passover is the Seder—a full sensory experience that explores the story of the Jewish Exodus from Egypt, that families participate in on the first two nights of the holiday. 

During this family Seder/Dinner, Jews use a book called the Haggadah, which provides clear directions and interesting explanations of the Exodus and the Seder. The Hagaddah also includes stories, songs, and discussions on the Exodus from Egypt that involved the entire family.

Participants eat specialized foods that are used as symbolism in the story of the Exodus from Egypt. Symbolic food is placed on what is called a Seder Plate, so it is always visible during the entire Seder. As the Seder happens participants sample different symbolic food and each item on the Seder Plate is pointed out and its significance is discussed. 

One of my favorite parts of the Seder is the hiding of the Afikomen or the Middle Matzah that was broken in half during the Seder. It is customary to take a piece of matzah, put it in a bag or napkin, and then hide it for kids to search for it after the seder. Each kid usually gets a gift or money at the end when the parent cannot find it. SEE BELOW for a craft for this years bag,

Usually, I would be listing some Community Passover dinners or Seders but this year because of social distancing, no community dinners will be hosted and instead, you should celebrate only with close family that lives in your home with you. 

This year Chabad Jewish Center of Camarillo has put together a Passover at Home website and they have instructions on how to have a Passover Seder at Home with Step By Step Instructions

Ayelet Keshet Passover Coloring Pages

Jewish Mom Crafters Passover Coloring Pages for Adults

Passover Games and Songs

Passover Seders With Kids  


This year your dinner also called the Passover Seder should be just with the immediate family you live with! Just because your celebration is smaller, does not make it any less fun for the kids attending and for the adults celebrating with their immediate family. 

  • CHOCOLATE SEDER: I have always wanted to hold a Chocolate Seder and you can download the  Chocolate Seder  Haggadah Here. In this seder the Seder Plate is filled with chocolate variations of the usual items (eg, a chocolate drumstick ice cream replaces a shank bone and a chocolate egg replaces a hard-boiled egg). And instead of 4 cups of wine or grape juice, you drink 4 cups of chocolate milk! 
  • POTLUCK SEDER: Have a Potluck Passover and gather the kids before the SEDER or before Passover and decide what recipes you want to make for your Passover Dinner and then let each person make their own recipe. That way you split up the cooking and no one person has to do it all.
  • TECHNOLOGY TO INVITE OTHER FAMILY AND HAVE THEM ATTEND: If you can't be with your whole family like grandma and grandpa, invite them to join you but virtually using Skype or make your Seder a Facetime Live event and invite your family and friends to watch along with you.


FRIDAY, APRIL 3: 2 - 3 PM Quarantine Seder 

WEDNESDAY, April 8:  9:30 – 10:30 PM 1st Night Virtual Community Seder Temple Beth Am Rabbi Sarah Weissman will lead a virtual community seder! Sign up using the online form below to receive for the Zoom videoconference information as well as the digital Haggadah we’ll be using. 

THURSDAY, APRIL 9: 2 PM-5:00 PM: Let's connect from afar for the World's Largest Virtual Seder! You can join via Zoom at this link: 


Information on How to Host your Own Virtual Sederor visit Sedar 2020.


  • Even if you have to stay home, make it fun by singing songs, hunting for the afikomen and purchasing some fun Passover books, and toys from Amazon.
  • Act out the story of Exodus and take turns reading the story of Passover by giving everyone different characters to play. 
  • Passover Trivia is a fun way to make the Seder interactive, create a list of questions about the Passover story and ask the kids about them during the seder.  Give them a prize if they answer correctly.
  • Get crafty with the kids and design special crafts to use on Passover or during your Seder.  Pinterest has lots of PASSOVER CRAFT IDEAS
  • Create Your Own Passover Haggadah.   
  • Download Resource Ideas for Kids and Parents  DOWNLOAD HERE. 
  • Create a  “Four Questions” singalong complete with hand gestures, claps, and banging on the table.

Other Fun Ideas When Hosting Your Own Seder

Get a Haggadah

Learn all about Passover from





One of the traditional dishes that is served at the Seder is called Charoset, Haroset, or Charoses. It is a sweet, dark-colored, paste made of fruits and nuts eaten at the Passover Seder. Its color and texture are meant to recall the mud which the Israelites used to make adobe bricks when they were enslaved in Ancient Egypt. (Source Wikipedia) It is used with Matzo to make a Matzo sandwich during the Seder, you can also use celery or carrot sticks to dip it with. 


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What you need:

  • Felt or fabric
  • Needle and thread (or sewing machine)
  • Glitter glue or fabric paint
What you do:
  • Step 1: Sew two pieces of felt or fabric on three sides, leaving the fourth open.
  • Step 2: Turn inside out so the seams are on the inside of the pocket.
  • Step 3: Use glitter glue or fabric paint to write "Matzah" or "Matzo" in English and/or Hebrew.
  • Step 4: Use the bag to hide the middle matzo or Afikomen

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Happy Passover 2020 

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