Celebrity-studded Saturday Night Seder yields 1M viewers, $2.6M for charity and 4 big insights about the Jewish people


(JTA) — With its glittering assembly of stars, jokes that worked and attendees who could, well, sing, it was the Zoom Seder you wished you had.

The Saturday Night Passover Seder that aired on YouTube over the weekend brought together dozens of celebrities and raised $2.6 million...
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‘The Prince of Egypt’ composer on the musical theater adaptation, his career and his family’s Passover tradition

(JTA) — “The Prince of Egypt” is having another moment in the desert sun.

The 1998 animated film on Moses and the Exodus story has been turned into a recent musical in London. It’s streaming on Hulu. And in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, the original movie’s music is...
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Orthodox Yizkor Passover service to be broadcast over JBS

(WESTHAMPTON BEACH, New York) – The Hampton Synagogue’s Passover Yizkor memorial service will be broadcast twice on Thursday morning, April 16, at 8:00 and 11:00 a.m. over the JBS (Jewish Broadcasting Service) cable network.

Rabbi Marc Schnier will lead the pre-recorded service that could reach some 49 million home across...
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The upside to celebrating in isolation: This might be the holiest Passover ever


NEW YORK (JTA) — Sitting at my Seder table with my two eldest daughters and my wife, I was struggling to find something to say that would provide meaning to this moment. Here we were: alone, beginning a Passover unlike any other we had ever experienced and, please...
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Passover 2020



Over the course of history, countless thousands of editions of the Passover Haggadah – the liturgical text at the heart of the Seder – have been published or produced in manuscript. More become available with each passing year, a blessing for collectors and ordinary Seder...
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Idina Menzel, Ilana Glazer, Ben Platt and many more celebs to lead a ‘Saturday Night Seder’ to raise money for CDC fund

(JTA) — An all-star team of Jewish celebrities (and some non-Jewish ones) are putting on a virtual Passover Seder — which is sure to include plenty of music and comedy — on Saturday night to raise money for a Center for Disease Control fund for first responders working during the...
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Staying home will save lives this Passover — so spread the word


NEW ROCHELLE (JTA) — Jewish holidays, typically times of joy and gathering, have this year become times of increased danger and foreboding.

Particularly among the observant and Orthodox communities, Purim was — and now Passover will be — occasions when following tradition as usual can be deadly. The spirit...
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Area Reform rabbis ramp up tech to ride out crisis

BY DEAN M. SHAPIRO, Special to the CCJN

With the spread of the coronavirus throughout the New Orleans area keeping most people sequestered in their homes, all of the local synagogues are closed and all in-house services are cancelled as the annual Passover observance begins Wednesday evening, April 8.

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Shopping for Passover is different this year than all other years


(JTA) — Ahead of Passover, Hannah Lebovits’ local kosher store is usually bustling, its tight aisles packed with people shopping for matzah meal and macaroons while kibitzing in the aisles. She typically comes in knowing the exact ingredients she will need for a scrumptious Seder.

“There’s an...
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