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Passover 2020

Open Door Haggadah Video Guide for Your Passover Seder Rabbi Chasen’s Family Haggadah
Freedom Haggadah by LBT Women The Freedom Within: Cultivating Mindfulness Passover at LBT Home to Home

First Night Seder

View our LBT-only online edition of the CCAR Press’ “The Open Door” Haggadah by clicking here.

A Video Guide to Your Passover Seder

Welcome Torah Blessings Urchatz, Karpas, Yachatz
Join Rabbi Chasen as he shares an opening inspiration to guide your seder experience. Open your seder with Cantor Kates, who will lead us through our festival candlelighting, family blessings, Miriam’s Cup, and the fesitval Kiddush (pages 8-18 in The Open Door Haggadah). Join Rabbi Ross for the Passover rituals of Urchatz, Karpas, and Yachatz — Hand Washing, Dipping the Greens, and Dividing Middle Matzah (pages 23-26 in The Open Door Haggadah).

The Bread of Affliction, Four Questions, We Were Slaves, Rabbis of B’nei B’rak

The Four Children

My Father Was a Wandering Aramean, Including the Story of Shifra and Puah

Rabbi Berney opens our telling of the Passover story, including a chanting of the Four Questions (pages 27-34 in The Open Door Haggadah). Join LBT’s Director of Early Childhood Education Brianne Naiman to ponder the wisdom and meaning of The Four Children (pages 38-42 in The Open Door Haggadah). Rabbi Berney guides us through the Passover story, featuring the heroic role of women in our people’s liberation… from the Exodus all the way to today (pages 46-51 in The Open Door Haggadah).

Ten Plagues


Pesach, Matza and Maror, In Every Generation, and Psalms of Praise (Hallel)

Join LBT’s Rabbinic Intern, Liora Alban, for her thoughts about revisiting the Haggadah’s Ten Plagues as we battle a plague in our own time (page 53 in The Open Door Haggadah). Any one of the many miracles we celebrate in our seder would have been enough, which is why we sing Dayenu… with Cantor Kates (page 58 in The Open Door Haggadah). Join Rabbi Ross in examining the symbols of the seder plate (the Passover shankbone, matzah and bitter herb), and learn about our seder custom of seeing ourselves as the ones moving from slavery to freedom, so we can rejoice in the psalms of Hallel (pages 63-70 in The Open Door Haggadah)!

2nd Cup and Blessings Before the Meal

Blessing After Meal (Birkat Hamazon)

3rd Cup and Elijah’s Cup

Rabbi Chasen leads us in the blessings over:
– The Second Cup of Wine
– The Washing of Hands
– Matza
– Maror (Bitter Herb)

And describes the symbols of the Hillel Sandwich, the Roasted Egg, and the Orange on the Seder Plate (pages 72-77 in The Open Door Haggadah).

Join Cantor Kates in chanting Birkat Hamazon, the Blessing after the Meal (pages 79-82 of the Open Door Haggadah).


Join Rabbi Ross for the 3rd cup of wine known as Kos Shlishi, and the cup of Elijah, known as Kos Eliyahu (pages 84-88 in The Open Door Haggadah).

Psalms of Praise (Hallel) and 4th Cup

“Pharaoh, Pharaoh” – A Passover Song by Mah Tovu (Rabbis Ken Chasen and Yoshi Zweiback)

Counting of the Omer and Conclusion:  Next Year in Jerusalem!

Join Cantor Kates with (at last!) the 4th cup of wine (page 102 of The Open Door Haggadah). Rabbi Chasen concludes our seder by teaching about the counting of the Omer, sharing a beautiful poem, and offering prayers for us all (pages 103-112 in The Open Door Haggadah).

Rabbi Chasen’s Family Haggadah Supplement

For creative materials that speak to the uniqueness of this year’s Passover festival, observed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, click here.

“Freedom Haggadah” Made for and by LBT Women

Feel free to incorporate this beautiful content into your personal seder… or have it handy tomorrow night (Thursday) for our LBT Interactive Community Seder at 5:00 pm.

“The Freedom Within:  Cultivating and Deepening a Regular Mindfulness Practice…”

This year, our spiritual offering throughout the Counting of the Omer will be a unique partnership with the Institute for Jewish Spirituality – The Freedom Within: Cultivating and Deepening a Regular Mindfulness Practice, One Day at a Time from Passover to Shavuot 2020.  We are delighted to offer you access to this course, which usually costs more than $180, for only $18.  Please RSVP HERE.

Passover with LBT Home to Home

  • An interactive Community Seder tomorrow (Thursday) night at 5:00 pm
  • A Shabbat and Pesach Evening Service on Friday at 6:15 pm (table blessings at 6:00 pm)
  • Our joyful Shabbat Morning Minyan on Saturday at 9:30 am
  • Our Passover Yizkor Memorial Service at 9:00 am next Wednesday.

Click here if you would like to participate in any of the above Passover events.