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Celebrating Passover — Tips, Recipes, and Crafts You Can Make At Home

Updated April 6, 2020

Passover begins at sundown on April 8.

With society practicing social distancing, Passover will be a little different this year. 

We’ve looked for local resources that you can use in making your plans for making your Passover and Seder wonderful while staying home. 


The New Orleans JCC and partner, Chef Dan Esses, will be offering a special Passover takeout menu with two convenient pickup locations. Call 504.232.0758/504.527.0771 or email to place an order by Monday, April 6.


Do you love to finish a meal with dessert, but tire of eating chocolate covered matzo during Passover? Try these recipes — no matzo required!

Banana Bread Granola

Passover Blueberry Muffins

Coconut Flour Chocolate Brownies


Does your Passover celebration involve the whole family gathering together? This year will be different due to COVID-19, but you can still celebrate with family from the comfort of your home.

Virtual services like Zoom, Facetime, Google Duo, and others all allow you to connect with your loved ones. All you have to do is decide on a time, share a link (if necessary), and enjoy. Take turns reading from the Haggadah, sing songs together, or go on an adventure to find the afikoman. 

Another fun way to celebrate with family is to mail a care package filled with Passover goodies. Amazon has some great items to choose from, such as Passover place settings, matzo (no Passover is complete without matzo!), and even coconut macaroons. Send packages to friends and family members who might not be able to go to the grocery store and include a note wishing them a wonderful Passover.


Touro Synagogue will be hosting a virtual Passover Seder on the evening of Thursday, April 9. More information about Passover and Jazz Fest Shabbat will be forthcoming. Visit their Facebook page for more updates.

Shir Chadash has Guides to Pesach, Part 1and Part 2 on their website, which details how to observe, celebrate, and enjoy this upcoming chag! To view their Livestreams or recorded activities, visit their Facebook page.

Adat Yeshua Synagogue has planned to celebrate Passover remotely by GoToMeeting via computer or phone. Call or text 504.701.4848 for instructions. 


Between April 7-17, the BBYO will be celebrating Passover with The Great Afikoman Hunt (#GreatAfikomanHunt). Friends across the Jewish community can participate in challenges and missions to add fun to your Passover celebration this year. Click here to learn more.

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Locally participating includes: New Orleans JCC.

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