How to set up a virtual seder

March 30, 2020 by J-Wire News Service
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For the many families within the Progressive and Masorti movements who will not be able to come together in person for a Passover Seder this year, the only way for families to connect at the Seder table will be via a virtual Seder.

An Israeli family during the Passover seder on the first night of the holiday in Tzur Hadassah. Credit: Nati Shohat/Flash90.

At the same time, we also acknowledge that not all in the Jewish community will participate in virtual sedarim.

J-Wire is publishing a statement on behalf of David D. Knoll and Brian Samuel, Co-Presidents, Union for Progressive Judaism, Rabbi David Kunin –Chairperson, Assembly of Rabbis and Cantors.

“Our Jewish tradition is communal by nature, and isolation has made observance difficult.  Synagogues across the globe have closed their doors to help preserve life, but spiritual connections need to be maintained. People need their relationship with God and the community now more than ever. Our rituals help to create these connections and provide comfort at times of fear and uncertainty.

For the many families within the Progressive and Masorti movements who will not be able to come together in person for a Passover Seder this year, the only way for families to connect at the Seder table will be via a virtual Seder.  At the same time, we also acknowledge that not all in the Jewish community will participate in virtual sedarim.

The Union for Progressive Judaism’s webpage – www.upj.org.au and Facebook page – provides resources for virtual sedarim that families can tap into.  Our congregations are also offering a range of online services and educational opportunities for all ages.

And, at this difficult time, it is more important than ever for our Jewish community to be safe and unified.

Most importantly, it is our wish and hope that our exodus to freedom over the next year will include freedom from disease. “

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