How to Choose Your Haggadah

Planning a seder? Start by considering your guest list. Who’s coming largely dictates what kind of haggadah to use. Using the right haggadah makes a big difference in how participants experience the seder.

Other factors to consider: The length of the seder you want and its tone (solemn, inquisitive, or with a touch of whimsy). This guide will help lead you in the right direction.

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The Essential Seder: A Contemporary Haggadah

by Deborah Gross-Zuchman

Perfect for:

  • People hosting a seder for the first time
  • Families with children of all ages
  • Guests from a variety of backgrounds
  • Guests who have never attended a seder before

Description:

  • 40 color pages, paperback
  • 30-45-minute seder
  • English text with blessings in Hebrew and transliteration
  • A traditional seder that covers all the essentials

Special features:

  • Seder checklist
  • Clear directions for leaders and participants
  • Concise descriptions of the Passover story
  • Vibrant collage art
  • A sensitive portrayal of the Four Children

The Promise of the Land: A Passover Haggadah

by Rabbi Ellen Bernstein

Perfect for:

  • Seders with an ecological focus
  • Intergenerational seders
  • Teens, young adults, adults

Description:

  • 96 color pages, paperback 
  • 60-90 minute seder
  • English text with blessings in Hebrew and transliteration

Special features:

  • Environmental themes throughout the text
  • Collage art that captures the beauty of nature
  • Questions for discussion
  • Reflective passages from rabbis, academics, environmental advocates, and more

Welcome to the Seder

by Rabbi Kerry Olitzky

Perfect for:

  • An inclusive, welcoming seder
  • Guests from a variety of backgrounds and experiences
  • Guests who have never attended a seder before

Description:

  • 64 color pages in a paperback edition
  • 60-minute seder
  • English text with blessings in Hebrew and transliteration

Special features:

  • Seder checklist
  • Explanations of unusual additions to the seder plate
  • Clear directions for leaders and participants
  • Vibrant, inspirational, and mindful artwork
  • Multicultural connections throughout the text
  • A sensitive portrayal of The Four Children
  • Questions for discussion
  • Reflective passages by a variety of different contributors

The Family (and Frog!) Haggadah

by Karen Rostoker-Gruber and Rabbi Ron Isaacs

Perfect for:

  • Families with young children
  • Multigenerational families
  • People hosting a seder for the first time

Description:

  • 64 color pages in a paperback edition
  • 30-45 minute seder
  • English text with blessings in Hebrew and transliteration

Special Features:

  • A traditional seder, with a new injection of fun to keep children engaged
  • Large format for easy reading
  • Beautiful Passover artwork
  • Gender-sensitive language
  • Lively retelling of the Passover story
  • Oh, and Frog

Simply Seder

by Dena Neusner

Perfect for:
  • Families with children of all ages
  • Intergenerational seders
  • Those new to hosting Passover
Description:
  • 48 color pages
  • 30-60 minute seder
Special Features:
  • Quick and easy to follow
  • Planning guide included
  • Links to additional resources and recipes online
  • Seder transliterated Hebrew encourages participation
  • Hebrew provided for all blessings

The Gateways Haggadah: A Seder for the Whole Family

by Rebecca Redner

Perfect for:
  • Families with children of varying abilities and disabilities
  • Families with children of all ages

Description:

  • More than 70 vibrant photographs of children of all abilities and disabilities participating in seder
  • Presents over 150 picture communication symbols developed by Mayer-Johnson™
  • 30-minute seder

Special Features:

  • Easy to hold
  • Respectful to all participants
  • Mayer-Johnson™ is the leading creator of symbol-adapted special education materials to assist individuals in overcoming their speech, language, and learning challenges

Family Haggadah: A Seder for All Generations

by Elie Gindi

Perfect for:
  • Families with young children
  • Congregational seders
Description:
  • 40 color pages
  • 30-45 minute seder
Special Features:
  • Large format, open layout
  • Quick and easy to follow
  • Plagues illustrated in a light-hearted, child-friendly way
  • Includes The Frog Song and Bang, Bang, Bang
  • Transliteration of all blessings and songs encourages participation
  • Some Hebrew provided

Season of Renewal

A Family Haggadah
by Rabbi Dr. John Levy and Naomi Tippett

Perfect for:
  • Families with elementary school children
  • Model seders
  • Congregational seders
Description:
  • 64 color pages
  • Flexible time commitment --Vary the length of your seder from 30 minutes to 2 hours
Special Features:
  • Illustrated with beautiful collages and flowers created by schoolchildren
  • Annotations explain the rituals to foster understanding
  • Optional discussion questions
  • Hebrew provided throughout
  • Blessings transliterated
  • Ten pages of songs, with Hebrew, English, and transliteration
  • Companion website lets you hear the songs

The New American Haggadah

by Mordecai Kaplan, Eugene Kohn, and Ira Eisenstein

Perfect for:
  • Teens, young adults, adults
  • Youth group, college group seders
  • Interfaith seders
  • Those who prefer a gender-neutral haggadah that includes some modern rituals
Description:
  • 112 black and white pages
  • 90-minute seder

Special Features:

  • Revised and updated version of reconstructionist classic The New Haggadah
  • Broad themes of slavery and freedom in modern as well as biblical times
  • Unique American view of the Passover liberation theme
  • Vignettes of Jews during the Civil War, the Civil Rights movement, and Operation Exodus
  • 20 pages of songs, including Who Knows One
  • Hebrew throughout
  • Some blessings and songs transliterated

 

Gates of Freedom Haggadah

by Chaim Stern

Perfect for:
  • Adults
  • Those who prefer a traditional seder
Description:
  • 128 black and white pages
  • 90+ minute seder
Special Features:
  • Traditional seder
  • Over 130 commentaries, quotes, and anecdotes--with their sources--to foster discussion
  • Clearly marked sections help you shorten the service
  • Music for 16 blessings and songs allow musical accompaniment
  • Hebrew throughout, often matched line-by-line with English translation
  • Songs and selected blessings transliterated

Want to practice the Four Questions before Passover? You can do it with the Mah Nishtanah module of Hebrew in Harmony. Find it here for free through Passover. 

 

 


 

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