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.
Global Justice Haggadah (AJWS)
Refugee Seder Haggadah (Right Now)
Love and Justice Haggadah (JFREJ)
The Velveteen Rabbi’s Haggadah (Rabbi Rachel Barenblat)
FriendSeder (The Well)
Liberation Haggadah (Bend the Arc)
DC Avodah Alumni Haggadah (Compiled by Julia Kann)
The Stonewall Seder (Congregation B’nai Jeshurun)
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)
A Queer Passover Haggadah (Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life, NYU)
Uyghur Freedom Seder Haggadah (Jewish World Watch)
Torah for This Moment – Hebrew College
How to Host a Virtual Passover Seder -Hey Alma
Difference Amidst Distance – Repair the World
Sayder from Lab/Shul – Lab/Shul
Compilation of mutual aid resources – Mutual Aid NYC
Next Year in Freedom Haggadah Supplements – Narrow Bridge Candles
10 Plagues of Housing Injustice – Repair the World
Haggadah – PJ Library
Passover Activity Book – Ekar Farm
Kveller Seder – Kveller
Seder for Young Children haggadah – Haggadot.com
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
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.