Passover Resources for This Moment and Beyond

Avodah has collected the following Haggadot and Passover resources from our partners and
allies in our social justice work. Please use these materials to help foster dialogue, lead prayers,
and build community during this holiday of liberation.

Haggadot:

A Haggadah for the Recovery Community (Adapted by Rebecca Bass)

DIY Haggadah (Jewish Emergent Network)

Hunger Seder (Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger)

Earth Justice Haggadah (COEJL, RAC, Interfaith Power and Light)

Ma Nishtana: A GLBTQ+ and Ally Haggadah (Keshet)

A Queer Passover Haggadah (Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life, NYU)

“And We Cry Out” Haggadah & Supplement (JUFJ)

Uyghur Freedom Seder Haggadah (Jewish World Watch)

Rituals and Supplements:

Antisemitism & White Supremacy
Climate Justice
Disability Justice
Food Justice

Tomato on the Seder Plate – T’ruah

Campus Hunger Project – Challah for Hunger

Bread of Affliction – Repair the World & Hazon

Mazon Fifth Question on Hunger + Videos – Mazon

Gender & Women's Rights

Midwifing Resistance – T’ruah

Miriam’s Cup

Pesach Seder Handbook – Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance

The 5 Women of the Exodus – NCJW

Housing Justice

10 Plagues of Housing Injustice – Repair the World

Immigration & Refugees

Haggadot Insert: Not Only Them But Us – Avodah & Chicago Jewish Justice Circle

Refugee Supplement for the Seder – T’ruah

A Second Seder Plate – Jewish World Watch

Uyghur Seder Insert – Jewish World Watch

Opening the Door at Passover – T’ruah

Kid-Friendly

Haggadah – PJ Library

Passover Activity Book – Ekar Farm

Kveller Seder – Kveller

Seder for Young Children haggadah – Haggadot.com

Seder Plate Symbols music video

BimBam.com, Interactive videos for ages 3-10

I Left With Moses, Interactive videos for ages 8-12

Hiddenness and Redemption, An interactive Yachatz for ages 10-adults

Abuelita’s Secret Matzahs, a book about ancestry, secrets we keep, and traditions we hold dear

Nachshon, Who Was Afraid to Swim, a book about overcoming fear

The Longest Night, a poetic perspective on the Exodus from a young girl’s point of view

Afikomen Mambo, a book and song for young children about finding the afikomen

Senesh Haggadah – Hannah Senesh Community Day School

Mass Incarceration
Multilingual (in addition to English and Hebrew)
Racial Justice

The Four People – The Jewish Multiracial Network & Repair the World

We Were Slaves Insert – Bechol Lashon and Repair the World

Passover Place Cards – Be’chol Lashon & Repair the World

Passover Pyramid Cut Out – Repair the World

Our Seder Plate

The symbolic items we choose to place on our seder plates are just as diverse as the people that make up the Jewish diaspora. You might include items based on your identities, the causes you care about, family traditions, and even your dietary commitments. The resources above teach us about a multitude of seder additions, but we wanted to share the intention behind the non-traditional items depicted on our page AKA Avodah’s seder plate.

Wheat – Matzah, the hard bread the Israelites took with them on the Exodus, is only made of flour and water. It’s unleavened because they didn’t have time to bake properly while fleeing Egypt. It is simultaneously symbolic of our freedom and of our slavery/affliction.

Orange – An orange on the seder plate represents the LGBTQIA+ Jewish community. The orange is segmented, not fragmented. The LGBTQIA+ community has distinct segments, but together, they form a whole. The origin of this symbol is often attributed to Dr. Susannah Heschel who says, “I chose an orange because it suggests the fruitfulness for all Jews when lesbians and gay men are contributing and active members of Jewish life.”

Beet – Many vegans and vegetarians opt to display the “bloody” beet on their seder plate instead of a lamb shank. For a fully plant-based seder, you can swap the egg on your seder plate with a potato or edible flowers to evoke the awakening of spring and growth. Avodah has recently adopted DefaultVeg in our organization. By serving plant-based meals by default, we at Avodah achieve closer alignment with the values we hold dear in Judaism, such as shmirat ha’adamah (protecting the Earth), tza’ar ba’alei chayim (preventing cruelty toward animals), oshek (labor justice), and tikkun olam (repairing the world).

Coffee and Chocolate – Chocolate and coffee are frequently grown in areas where forced labor is prevalent. We include it on our seder plate as a symbol of workers’ rights and to remind us to be mindful of the ways our food choices and consumption impact the environment, society, and the living beings who provide our food.