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Passover 2021

This Passover, as we find ourselves distanced again, we want to provide you with a variety of meaningful opportunities to prepare for and celebrate Passover, while keeping us connected. We have divided up our programming into three distinct groups:

Featured Events


Other Way to Prepare and Celebrate

We hope you will join us in celebration of our people’s journey to freedom as we continue on an individual and collective journey in 2021 – deepening our sense of community and being there for one another … even from afar.

2021 LBT’s Elijah Initiative – Passover Seder Meal-Match

Over the past three years, the Elijah Initiative has matched over 60 LBT members with gracious LBT hosts at their Passover Seders. These Seders have traditionally happened in-person, however this year’s Elijah Initiative is happening over Zoom! That means no need to worry about gluten-free baking, cat allergies, or not enough matzah balls…

Whether you’d benefit from a fresh face around your seder table, are seeking to deepen relationships with other Leo Baeckers, or just want an excuse to make chocolate-covered matzah, you are invited to participate in the Elijah Initiative. As Passover is the most celebrated Jewish holiday in America, we want to be sure that every LBT member has a “square” at a festive Zoom Seder.

If you have any questions, please contact Sande Gendel (, Lois Littman (, and/or Vida Brucker (

2nd Night Passover Learning Experience

Sunday, March 28

Join us for this series of sessions to learn and be together – either as a prelude to your 2nd night seder or as our 2nd night celebration! Come for all or some of the sessions via Zoom.

Time Session Description
3pm-3:50pm Rise Up: The Women of Passover with Rabbi Lisa Berney & Rabbi Joshua Knobel

Dive into the Passover story to learn more about the women who helped birth and raise the Israelite nation.


Letting Nazareth and the Wilderness Speak  withRev. Victor Cyrus-Franklin  & Rabbi Benjamin Ross
Co-sponsored by Inglewood First United Methodist Church & Leo Baeck Temple

A Mindfulness Exploration of Internal Enslavement & its Barriers to Our Shared Liberation

Song of Liberation and Freedom with Rabbi Ken Chasen & Cantor Linda Kates

Join us in song as we sing our way through the Civil Rights movement, the 60’s and even a few traditional Passover songs.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Resources for Putting Together a Passover Seder:

LBT Passover Supplement

Read our Passover Supplement on our website here or you can download and print it by clicking the down arrow on the tool bar below.

Free, Online Haggadot

Velveteen Rabbi Haggadah This open source, regularly updated online haggadah is completely free and extremely accessible

Jew Belong Enter your email address to get access to this online Haggadah from Jew Belong: a group dedicated to inclusivity in the Jewish community

JQ International GLBT Haggadah This LGBT friendly Haggadah is available for download, although they request a donation of $36 to JQ This website has myriad Haggadah options and even allows you to build your own Haggadah

PJ Library – On this link, you can find all of PJ Library’s resources for downloadable Haggadot that are friendly for children. And if you haven’t enrolled in PJ Library, you can do so today here! They will send you great books and resources for building your Jewish home.

RAC Resources on Seder The Religious Action Center has resources and inserts you can add to put a racial justice spin on your seder

AJWS Haggadah American Jewish World Services’ Haggadah about building a just world in the 21st century 

Haggadot for Purchase that are easy to help lead

A Different Night: The Family Participation Haggadah – For those leading for the first time, this is an excellent Haggadah to use. It includes five or six “additional readings” on each topic that the leader of the Seder can select and curate as they create the experience. It includes translation, transliteration and Hebrew.

A New American Haggadah – A beautifully crafted Haggadah created by Jonathan Safran Foer is uniquely crafted for the American Jewish experience.

Passover Graphic Novel Don’t let the name fool you. This has the complete Haggadah in it!

Welcome to the Seder: A Passover Haggadah for Everyone One of the best Haggadot that makes everyone participating feel welcome!

Open Door Haggadah – Leo Baeckers may have used this Haggadah last year. Sometimes in an uncertain year, the best option is returning to a known Haggadah.

Mishkan HaSeder: New Reform Movement Haggadah This new Haggadah published by the Reform movement has a beautiful layout and is easy to follow along.

Before & During Passover:

The following are additional Home to Home programs to help you with your Passover preparation:

  • Thursday, March 18: LBT Women Baking Event
  • Saturday, March 20: Passover Tot Shabbat with Rabbi Berney & Addie Lupert
  • Tuesday, March 23: Ken’s Kampfire-Passover Edition
  • Wednesday, March 24: The Story Within: Encountering and Excavating Narrative from the Jewish Tradition toward Meaning Making Today with Rabbi Ross. Will explore the Haggadah
  • Thursday, March 25: Captivating Conversations Inside/Out with Rabbi Berney & Robyn Samuels
  • Thursday, March 25: Light to Liberation Evening Meditation

The following are offerings during Passover:

  • Thursday, April 1: Sweet and Spicy with Cantor Kates & Rabbi Ross
  • Saturday, April 3: Festival Morning & Yizkor Service, 9am