Make Your Own Passover Seder: A New Approach to Creating a Personal Family Celebration

Make Your Own Passover Seder: A New Approach to Creating a Personal Family Celebration

by Alan Abraham Kay, Jo Kay
     
 

Make Your Own Passover Seder gives you the information needed to create a customized seder that expresses your and your family’s particular spiritual, political, and personal values and sentiments. No matter what your religious persuasion—Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist, Renewal, or not Jewish at all—this guide provides a

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Make Your Own Passover Seder gives you the information needed to create a customized seder that expresses your and your family’s particular spiritual, political, and personal values and sentiments. No matter what your religious persuasion—Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist, Renewal, or not Jewish at all—this guide provides a wise and learned approach that is filled with warmth and creativity. Make Your Own Passover Seder offers new ideas and myriad options based on the authors' own experience and hundreds of other examples of seders throughout the world. 

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Passover novices will enjoy this creative, step-by-step how-to guide, written entirely in English and geared for today's families. The Kays provide very basic information about all the components of preparing and hosting a seder, from selecting a Haggadah to planning different types of menus. The book's second half walks readers through the 15 elements of the seder experience. The authors show a special sensitivity for interfaith and interracial families, and a slightly earthy-crunchy slant. (Alongside the traditional pre-Passover-search-and-destroy mission for leaven, for example, they suggest purging the home of any products that may have been tested on animals.) Particularly helpful are the "tip" boxes scattered throughout the book, sharing practical and personal suggestions from real-life seder celebrants. The Kays also offer recipes, songs, stories, a glossary of terms and numerous referrals to other books for information about specific aspects of the seder experience. (Jan. 9) (Publishers Weekly, February 9, 2004)

Two hands-on Passover guides promise help with making a more personal, meaningful seder. Rabbi Alan Kay and Jo Kay offer Make Your Own Passover Seder: A New Approach to Creating a Personal Family Celebration, a creative, step-by-step how-to guide written entirely in English and geared for today's families. (Publishers Weekly, March 22, 2004)

Publishers Weekly
Passover novices will enjoy this creative, step-by-step how-to guide, written entirely in English and geared for today's families. The Kays provide very basic information about all the components of preparing and hosting a seder, from selecting a Haggadah to planning different types of menus. The book's second half walks readers through the 15 elements of the seder experience. The authors show a special sensitivity for interfaith and interracial families, and a slightly earthy-crunchy slant. (Alongside the traditional pre-Passover-search-and-destroy mission for leaven, for example, they suggest purging the home of any products that may have been tested on animals.) Particularly helpful are the "tip" boxes scattered throughout the book, sharing practical and personal suggestions from real-life seder celebrants. The Kays also offer recipes, songs, stories, a glossary of terms and numerous referrals to other books for information about specific aspects of the seder experience. (Jan. 9) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
"Why another book on making a Passover seder?" ask Rabbi Alan Kay and wife Jo Kay in the introduction to their how-to guide and sourcebook, noting that more than 3500 Haggadahs are currently in print worldwide. They aim to provide suggestions for making a seder "with significance for your family legacy and the world around you," offering a practical, step-by-step guide to Passover preparation (selecting a Haggadah, planning the menu, shopping, readying the house, and setting the seder table) and to the seder itself. Inset boxes add helpful tips, explanations of traditions, and relevant contemporary stories. Even recipes are included. Arnow, a clinical psychologist and former president of the New Israel Fund, focuses more on the historical and religious background of each passage from the Haggadah and on helping seder leaders and participants find personal, contemporary meaning in the traditional words. He discusses the "long road from slavery to freedom," the four questions, the four children, reconnecting Passover and nature, the Exodus as a personal spiritual journey, women of the Exodus, the ten plagues, Israel and the Haggadah, and the miracles of Egypt and our day. Also included are chapters on Hillel, Elijah, and biblical archaeology, as well as a wealth of suggested group readings and artistic activities to help make the Passover seder livelier and more meaningful. Why another book on making a Passover seder? Why not? How many books of Christmas crafts, cooking, decorating, and traditions does your library have? People are always looking for fresh, new ways to celebrate established holidays, and these two new sourcebooks are highly recommended for any public library.-Marcia Welsh, Dartmouth Coll., Hanover, NH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787967666
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/09/2004
Series:
Jossey-Bass Make Your Own... Series , #3
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.24(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.93(d)

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A Guide for Preparing and Enjoying Your Own Unique Family Seder

"The Kays have transmitted their own love—and knowledge—of the Passover seder onto the printed page in a way that's catching for novice and experienced seder creators alike."
—Dru Greenwood, director, Outreach and Synagogue Community Union of American Hebrew Congregations

"Filled with practical tips for every stage of the process. . . . this book will help anyone, neophyte or veteran, create a memorable and satisfying seder."
—Jonathan S. Woocher, president, Jewish Educational Services of North America (JESNA)

"Simplifies the challenging prospect of figuring out how to make a meaningful seder while providing spiritual insight and support. . . . Helps all to transform the seder experience—the central experience of Jewish family life—into a sacred memory."
—Kerry M. Olitzky, executive director, Jewish Outreach Institute, New York

"Jo and Alan are outstanding Jewish family educators who have written a practical guide to making a Passover seder into a participatory and meaningful experience.

A treasure trove of great ideas for every seder leader!"
—Ron Wolfson, author, Passover: The Family Guide for Spiritual Celebration, Second Edition

"This book not only explains the . . . theology of the seder meal, but a deeper truth. In order for a family to appreciate the seder, they need to give one . . . to prepare as a unit . . . to invite friends."
—Monsignor Tom Hartman, coauthor with Rabbi Marc Gellman of Religion for Dummies

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From the Publisher
"The Kays have transmitted their own love'and knowledge-of the Passover seder onto the printed page in a way that's catching for novices and seder entrepreneurs alike."
—Dru Greenwood, director, Outreach and Synagogue Community Union of American Hebrew Congregations

"Filled with practical tips for every stage of the process...this book will help anyone, neophyte or veteran, create a memorable and satisfying seder."
—Jonathan S. Woocher, president, Jewish Educational Services of North America (JESNA)

"Simplifies the challenging prospect of figuring out how to make a meaningful seder while providing spiritual insight and support.... Helps all to transform the seder experience-the central experience of Jewish family life'into a sacred memory."
—Kerry M. Olitzky, executive director, Jewish Outreach Institute, New York

"Jo and Alan are outstanding Jewish family educators who have written a practical guide to making a Passover seder into a participatory and meaningful experience. A treasure trove of great ideas for every seder leader!"
—Ron Wolfson, author, Passover: The Family Guide for Spiritual Celebration, Second Edition

"This book not only explains the...theology of the seder meal, but a deeper truth. In order for a family to appreciate the seder, they need to give one...to prepare as a unit...to invite friends."
—Monsignor Tom Hartman, coauthor with Rabbi Marc Gellman of Religion for Dummies

Meet the Author

Alan Abraham Kay is rabbi of the Temple Beth Emeth in Mount Sinai, New York. He is the author of The Jewish Book of Comfort.

Jo Kay is director of the New York School of Education at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion. She is a consultant at the Whizin Institute for Jewish Family Life, University of Judaism, Los Angeles.

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