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List of virtual seders from Bay Area Jewish groups

Updated April 7

At this time most years, we bring you listings of community seders around the Bay Area. This year, we’re bringing you a list of virtual seders from Jewish organizations around the Bay Area. Make sure you RSVP — but tune in from wherever you are!

You may also want to check out our article about how people are dealing with Passover and seders during this pandemic. The San Francisco-based Jewish Community Federation also has a resource on how to make sure that everyone gets included in Passover celebrations this year.

And, of course, check out our events calendar for more (virtual) Passover programming from Bay Area Jewish organizations. Got another virtual seder we should take a look at? Email us at events@jweekly.com.


Wednesday, April 8

Passover Sukkah — An interactive seder on Zoom named for this year’s “sheltering-in-place” aspect. Run by Kehilla Community Synagogue in Piedmont. Includes a teaching on how “our exoduses have disenfranchised indigenous people.” 5-6:30 p.m. Free with registration.

Glitter Seder — A gathering on Zoom organized by Glitter, a group for 20- and 30-somethings at Kehilla Community Synagogue in Piedmont. Reflections on liberation and solidarity. 6-7:30 p.m. Free with registration.

Beth Emek Seder — Reform synagogue in Pleasanton hosts a participatory seder. Online flyer reads: “Why is this night different? This year, we are online; next year, we’ll be free (to congregate, that is).” 6 p.m. Free with registration.

Shir Hadash family seder — Rabbi P.J. Schwartz and Robin Adelman, director of the early childhood center, lead a seder for families with preschool and elementary school children on Zoom. 5 p.m. Free with registration.

Shir Hadash “Don’t Be Alone Seder Night” — Rabbi Melanie Aron and Cantor Devorah Felder-Levy lead a Zoom seder using the haggadah “A Different Night.” 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free with registration.

Reutlinger Community seder — Jewish senior home in Danville hosts a streaming seder for its residents, their families and others led by Rabbi Debora Kohn. Also April 9, same time. 3 p.m. Free. RSVP by April 6. (925) 648-2800

“Seder in Place” — JCCSF hosts a Zoom seder redefining what freedom means when people can’t connect in person. 6 p.m. Free with registration.

Kol Emeth First-Night Seder — Rabbi David Booth and Rabbi Sarah Graff lead a Zoom seder that blends tradition with song and play, and draws attention to those in need. 6 p.m. Free with registration.

Beth Am Community Seder — Rabbi Sarah Weissman of Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills leads seder on Zoom. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free with registration.

OFJCC community seder — Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto holds online seder on Facebook Live. Led by Tova Birnbaum. 5-6:15 p.m.

Thursday, April 9

2nd Night Adult Seder — Rabbi Jonathan Singer and Cantor Marsha Attie of Congregation Emanu-El in S.F. lead singing, discussion, celebration and games on Zoom. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free with registration.

Sha’ar Zahav second-night seder — Rabbi Mychal Copeland and Cantor Sharon Bernstein lead a community seder on Zoom. 6 p.m. Free with RSVP.

Beth Israel Judea Second-Night Community Seder — Rabbi Danny Gottlieb and Ricki Weintraub of S.F. Congregation Beth Israel Judea host a seder on Facebook Live. Have matzah, wine, a full seder plate and the festive meal ready; no haggadah needed. 6:30 p.m. Free.

Chochmat HaLev second-night seder — Zoom seder that will seek new ways to connect and new meanings in ancient rituals. Limited attendance. 5-6:30 p.m. $5-$25. Registration required.

Beth David second-night seder — Saratoga synagogue hosts a seder on Zoom. Readings and smaller groups will be assigned ahead of time. 6-8:30 p.m. Free. RSVP by April 7.

B’nai Shalom second-night seder — Walnut Creek synagogue’s Rabbi Daniel Stein leads a seder on Zoom along with song leader Ben Kramarz. 6-8 p.m. Free.

Liberation Seder — Rabbi Michael Lerner of Beyt Tikkun in Berkeley hosts a second-night community seder on Zoom. 6 p.m. $18 requested. Registration required.

Friday, April 10

People of Color Pesach — Kehilla Community Synagogue of Piedmont takes to Zoom for a gathering that will explore themes of collective liberation, engaging in disability and racial justice and new ways of honoring indigenous land. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free with registration.

Shomrei Torah streaming seder — Santa Rosa synagogue is taking its freedom-, justice- and equality-centered seder online on StreamSpot. Nonmembers welcome. 6:15-9 p.m. Free with registration.

Saturday, April 11

Secular seder — Tri-Valley Cultural Jews in the East Bay leads a seder on Zoom, followed by your own family’s dinner at home. Readings in English with songs in Hebrew and English. Seder-plate shopping list to be provided. Open to all. 5-6 p.m. Free with reservation; limited to first 100 signups.

Sunday, April 12

Chochmat HaLev 30-minute seder — Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb leads a seder for families and children with storytelling and music. 3-3:30 p.m. $5 members; $10 nonmembers.