Passover: Prepare for the Holiday & Celebrate Our Festival of Freedom
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:
HIAS created this Haggadah supplement to help us include the global refugee crisis in our Passover seder
Repair the World partnered with the Jewish Multiracial Network on this Haggadah insert, "The Four People," about engaging with racial justice as individuals and as a multi-racial and multi-ethnic Jewish community
American Jewish World Service - AJWS has created this Global Justice Haggadah
Uri L'Tzedek (the Orthodox Social Justice movement) has created this Pesach supplement with extensive readings
The Shamayim V'Aretz Institute (the Jewish animal welfare movement)’s Pesach supplement
The 2016 Jewish Social Policy Action Network Haggadah is entitled “The Immigration Crisis: A Pesach Seder Reflection for 2016
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
Counting the Omer
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.