Are your Passover Seder traditions in need of a pick-me-up? Reinvent your rituals this year with some tips from Birthright Israel alumni who created unique and modern Passover experiences for their friends.
Tip #1: Use technology to help you lead your Seder.
“My guests seem to really like my YouTube Seder since it makes the process more entertaining and relevant.” -Adam D., Brooklyn, NY. Check out Adam’s YouTube Seder.
Tip #2: Bring different cultures into your Seder.
"[At my Seder, we] did the four questions in five different languages! Hebrew, English, Spanish, French, and German.” -Becky M., Jersey City, NJ. Bring a little bit of Israel into your Seder, and find Passover rituals from Seders across the world.
Seder Tip #3: Reclaim your Passover music.
“The best part of my NEXT Seder was singing Passover songs to the tune of Katy Perry and the Gilligan's Island theme song.” -Rachel X., New York, NY. Don’t feel like rewriting lyrics? Bob Marley’s Redemption Song and Louis Armstrong’s Go Down Moses are strong additions to a Seder soundtrack.
Seder Tip #4: Take a stand by connecting Passover themes to modern injustice.
“At the end of the Seder, I told everyone to write down some evil that they wanted to see erased from the world, and then we put the pieces of paper in a bowl and burned them.” -Ben W., Washington, DC. This year, add an orange or a tomato to your Seder plate to remind your guests of injustices that still exist today.
Want more ideas? NEXT has plenty of resources to help you make Passover your own. And remember, if you’ve been on a Birthright Israel trip and want to host your own Seder for friends, NEXT has the resources to help you turn your vision into reality.
This post comes to us from NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation, which helps turn ten day trips to Israel into lifelong Jewish journeys. Building on the Birthright Israel experience, NEXT empowers communities, professionals, and Birthrighters themselves to create meaningful Jewish opportunities for young adults.