Passover With BCC

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Passover 2020 will begin in the evening of Wednesday, April 8 and ends in the evening of Thursday, April 16.

Dear BCC Family, Near and Far:

How is this Passover different from all other Passovers?
Our Second Night Seder on Thursday, April 9, from 6-8 pm, will be held virtually this year (Zoom Meeting ID: 415 315 924, Password: 021139.) Thanks to Zoom, we hope to still be able to come together as a community, connecting with each other in spite of physical distancing.

This year, we’ll be using the Queer Passover Haggadah, compiled and with original readings by Rabbi Nikki Lyn DeBlosi – PhD, who teaches at NYU’s Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life, as an alternative to our regular Haggadah. We hope you find this change something to look forward to.

We very much look forward to yet again celebrate our Z’man Cheiruteinu – season of liberation – with all of you!

Below you will find warm greetings from Rabbi Nikki. After that, a list of resources we hope you will find useful preparing for this Passover that may feel and look different.

If you are struggling to adjust to our new (temporary) normal or feel lonely, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Interim Rabbi Alyson Solomon or Cantor Juval Porat.

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To the Beth Chayyim Chadashim Community,

I’m thrilled and honored to know that Yetziah, the Haggadah I created for NYU’s LGBTQ+ community, will be a part of your Passover celebration this year. My goal has been to lift up stories of yetziah, of coming out–coming out as queer, coming out of narrow places–whatever that means to each of us. I’d love to hear about your experience with the Haggadah, as it needs to evolve as our community/queer family evolves. Please do stay in touch with me: @ravnikkid on Instagram and rabbinikki.com.

Chag Pesach Sameach!
Rabbi Nikki

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All things Seder:

  • Consult this comprehensive Pesach guide provided by the Union for Reform Judaism
  • Tambourines of Hope: 10 Tips so Passover doesn’t Pass Us Over (by Rabbi Alyson Solomon.)
  • No seder plate, no problem. Try these diy ideas to make one.
  • This year, you may find that it’s too much to hold a Seder for you and your family. These tips help make it special nonetheless.
  • Or try to a host a virtual Seder.
  • With family and friends social distancing, we need to be flexible. Here are some thoughts about Passover in times of a pandemic.
  • The Passover story for kids.
  • Make your Seder about social justice this year with this Haggadah (from AJWS)

Help others (or seek help yourself:)

  • You can help those in need by supporting the work of Mazon, a Jewish response to hunger.
  • Here is a list of opportunities to volunteer virtually.
  • “Them” collected information about coronavirus for the LGBTQ community.
  • At BCC, we maintain a list of members who are ready to say ‘hello’ from 6-feet away, deliver groceries (or your pre-ordered Seder meal,) or run errands. Contact board member Hannah Thiele.

Food:

If you live in the greater Los Angeles area, these community-based places offer catering:

BCC’s Passover Seder 5780
Thursday, April 9, 2020
6-8pm
Join us for spoken word, music and food as we gather in community to celebrate the season of spring, the precious privilege of freedom and our role in the larger project of redemption.

Seder will be led by Rabbi Alyson Solomon & Cantor Juval Porat

Passover, or Pesach in Hebrew, is one of the three major pilgrimage festivals of ancient Israel and commemorates the Exodus from Egypt. Its name comes from the miracle in which God “passed over” the houses of the Israelites during the tenth plague. Centered on the family or communal celebration of the seder (ritual meal), Passover is one of the most beloved of all Jewish holidays.

 

Family Activities

Click here for two bonus activities from Ms. Purple to get the family in the mood for Passover: a print-and-weave basket template (like the basket Moses floated in early in his life story) and a recipe for some delicious Passover brownies, once you’re able to make the Passover supply grocery run! We hope you have a chance to enjoy these activities as a family to ramp up the excitement for Pesach. (Feel free to show off your creations at our upcoming Zoom sessions!)