Passover: Prepare for the Holiday & Celebrate Our Festival of Freedom

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Mishkan Shalom offers an overflowing plate of gatherings, services and resources to help you prepare for and celebrate the Passover holiday and explore ways of Counting the Omer. See our full schedule and access all resources.

Scroll down to access additional resources to prepare for and celebrate the holiday.

[Illustration by Jessica Sporn.]

Join us on April 15th @9:00 am for a special Passover Torah Study led by Rabbi Shawn, followed by services at 10:00 am.

Then on April 16th @7:00 pm we will celebrate the Seventh night Maariv, Yizkor and Seder (without food.)

Here is a list of Social Justice Haggadot:

Passover Songs, Poetry, Prayers & Readings

Freedom (Passover Poem)

by Rabbi Shawn Israel Zevit

Gathering the mixed multitudes in my soul
I rummage through my belongings
In preparation for leave-taking
What aspects of myself
Do I need to make the journey
What can I leave behind
To memory in the narrow places

Maybe this year, we will go out together
In broad daylight
Not in the still of the night
In no haste
Soul in Soul
Holding each other in loving compassion
Knowing we will cross together
Finding home at last
In the depth of Divine waters
That part willingly
On the shores of a wilderness

What if no one drowned this year
And You need not weep
For any of Your lost children
So, let’s not leave in haste this year
But see the blessings that even
The narrow places have offered us
For no place is without You
Freedom is in Your arms
Wherever we may be
On the journey.

Life: Songs for the Seasons and Cycles of Life Rabbi Shawn's CD includes songs for Passover.

A Night of Questions (CD) This special musical collection features 23 traditional folk tunes that have been sung at seder tables for centures, along with 7 original contemporary songs. Page references allow you to use the CD to accompany A Night of Questions: A Passover Haggadah. (Recorded by Mishkan’s own Rabbi Shawn Zevit, Rabbi Margot Stein, Rabbi Myriam Klotz as well as Rabbi Rayzel Raphael, Rabbi Micah Becker-Klein and Juliet Spitzer.)

Going Toward Passover by Rabbi Yael Levy

Bedikat Chametz A kavannah for Bedikat Chametz, the Search for Chametz

Kiddush & Shehecheyanu for Passover Audio Clip, Shabbat Unplugged

Matzah: Bread of Affliction, Bread of Hope and Possibility Rabbi Yael Levy, A Way In: Jewish Mindfulness Organization

LO DAYENU! It is Not Enough, by Rabbi Leila Gal Berner

Hassal Siddur Pesach: "Our Passover Seder is Concluded" Text, Translation & Audio Clip, Shabbat Unplugged

Fifty Ways to Leave Your Pharoah (with apologies to Paul Simon: Pesedicka lyrics by Yeshaya Douglas Ballon with additions from Rabbi Shawn Zevit)

Non-Violent Had Gadya, by Rabbi David Wolfe-Blank

Passover Resources from the Reconstructionist Movement

A Night of Questions: A Passover Haggadah Beautifully illustrated Haggadah & CD available from The Reconstructionist Press: Prayers, text, notes, songs, translations, transliterations, commentary & more. Discounts offered on quantities of 5 or more.

Listen to Heart, Mind and Spirit audio program on the holiday of Passover. Rabbi Shawn Zevit and Rabbi Jacob Staub

Listen to Heart, Mind and Spirit audio program on the Passover seder. Rabbi Shawn Zevit and Rabbi Richard Hirsh

Passover Resources from the Reconstructionist Movement

Counting the Omer

Journey Through the Wilderness:
A Mindfulness Approach to the Ancient Jewish Practice of Counting the Omer

by Rabbi Yael Levy

Rabbi Yael gathers wisdom from Psalms and the Jewish mystical tradition into a unique Mindfulness approach to the ancient Jewish practice of Counting the Omer during the 49 days between Passover and Shavuot.

This 100-page, full-color guide includes the Omer blessings in Hebrew and English, daily teachings and intentions, pages for reflections and photographs to inspire meditation.

Rich resources for a Mindfulness approach to celebrating Passover and the ancient Jewish practice of Counting the Omer can be found at: A Way In: Center for Jewish Mindfulness.

Wishing you a zissen Pesach...a sweet and happy Passover holiday!

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