Welcome to the Seder: A Passover Haggadah for Everyone
"A fresh take on the traditional ritual . . ."
Fingerhut Professor of Education, American Jewish University
"Beautiful, spiritually inclusive yet easy to follow . . ."
CEO of Interfaith Families
"A beautiful and accessible addition to our Passover library."
Author of My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew
"A smart, updated haggadah that ordinary humans can navigate . . ."
The Best New Haggadot and the Best of All Time, The Forward, April 2019
This Passover welcome lively conversation, welcome personal meaning, welcome a new kind of Seder.
This haggadah is ideal for those who wish to include multicultural, interfaith, and unafilliated familes and their friends of all backgrounds in a joyous and inclusive celebration of Passover.
Welcome to the Seder includes core Passover texts, as well as poems, readings, and stories that acknowledge, value, and embrace the wide range of backgrounds of seder participants today as it inspires us with the universal message of freedom.
All the essentials for a 45-60 minute, PLUS:
- Thought-provoking quotes
- Stories and poems
- Diverse perspectives
- A look at other traditions
- Photos and eye-catching collage illustration
A FEW DETAILS
- 64 color pages
- An overall aesthetic of acceptance of others
- Gender-neutral language throughout
- Includes list of items for the seder and seder plate, with suggestions for unususal additions to acknowledge the benefits of including underrepresented groups, and interfaith families
- Blessings, The Four Questions, the list of plagues presented in Hebrew, translation, and transliteration to invite full participation regardless of level or Hebrew proficiency
- A Blessing over Miriram's Cup
- The Serenity Prayer provided as an option in English and in Hebrew transliteration
- Description of water rituals from other cultures, including ritual washing in Islam
- Recipes provided for two kinds of non-Ashkenazi charoset and also directions for making your own matzah
Dayeinu: Three provided in transliteration; full lyrics in translation along with discussion prompts
Adir Hu: God is Mighty -- full lyrics in transliteration and translation
Orah Hi: She is Light -- feminist version of Adir Hu, provided in transliteration and translation.
Echa Mi Yodea: Who Knows One: -- full lyrics in transliteration and translation
Chad Gadya: One Little Goat -- full lyrics in transliteration and translation.
Go Down Moses -- full lyrics
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rabbi Kerry Olitzky is the former executive director of Big Tent judaism. He has been named one of the 50 leading Rabbis in North America by Newsweek Magazine.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
Israeli artist Rinat Gilboa has illustrated several children's books, including Sing Along Alef Bet. Her work has also been featured on postage stamps for the State of Israel
Want to practice the Four Questions before Passover? You can do it on your mobile device with iMahNishtanah. Download from the App Store.
"If you are searching for an inclusive, beautiful, and easy-to-use, creative haggadah for Passover, look no further than Welcome to the Seder: A Passover Haggadah for Everyone. Rabbi Kerry Olitzky offers a fresh take on the traditional ritural, and Rinat Gilboa's artwork is beautiful. A great choice for your seder table! --Dr. Ron Wolfson, Fingerhut Professor of Education, American Jewish University and author of Relational Judaism.
"Need a beautiful, spiritually inclusive, yet easy-to-follow haggadah? You'll find exactly that when you open the pages of Welcome to the Seder: A Passover Haggadah for Everyone. It's the perfect guide to your family's Passover celebration. --Jodi Bromberg, CEO of InterfaithFamily
"Whether you have been leading seders for generations or hope to lead one for the first time, this is a haggadah to inspire, educate, and enliven your table. Rabbi Kerry Olitzky and illustrator Rinat Gilboa have created a beautiful and accessible addition to our Passover library." --Abigail Pogrebin, author of My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew.
"This Passover haggadah introduces the seder to families in a welcoming, educational manner easily understood by all ages. It includes quotes by famous people, poetry, traditional and modern customs, ideas for adapting the seder so that it feels personal and unique, and both translations and transliterations of the included blessings. This book has all the elements needed to explain this home-based holiday service to those who may be intimidated by heavier or more foreign versions, yet wish to come away with a substantive experience in which they deeply feel the holiday's overarching theme of freedom.
The seder, as presented here, is greatly abridged but leaves plenty of room for additional discussion, perfect for those who are exploring new ways to celebrate the holiday or are trying out this observance for the first time. Explanations throughout are simply and clearly stated. Parallel ideas from other religions are contrasted.
The accompanying color art is lively and appealing, showing Jews of all colors (including blue) sitting around a seder table, spring themes, and vignettes from Jewish history, fancifully imagined, which seem to make the Jews' escape from slavery in Egypt come alive with meaning.
Some recipes, including one for matzah, are included. Recommended for families and groups of friends of all ages." --Michal Malen, Jewish Book Council
"If you are searching for an inclusive, beautiful, and easy-to-use creative haggadah for Passover, look no further than Welcome to the Seder: A Passover Haggadah for Everyone. Rabbi Kerry Olitzky offers a fresh take on the traditional ritual, and Rinat Gilboa's artwork is delightful. A great choice for your seder table!" --Dr. Ron Wolfson, Fingerhut Professor of Education, American Jewish University
"The Haggadah is like a multihued tapestry because it contains material from many eras and places. Rabbi Olitzky has created a version of the Haggadah that includes some traditional elements such as Kiddush, the four questions, and the hallel, and he has added many new and interesting modern elements. These include an interpretive translation, directions, and marginal commentaries. Discussion topics are provided in question form to encourage everyone to participate.
While this version is shorter than most traditional Haggadot, some of the additional blessings provided here are far lengthier than in the standard text; for example, the motzi matzah and marror span over four pages. Nevertheless, I learned many new ideas from this Haggadah that will even influence my own approach to editing a Haggadah. This book is recommended for all libraries. --Daniel D. Stuhlman, City Colleges of Chicago for the Association of Jewish Libraries