Following in the tradition of my parents and grandparents, my husband and I have hosted our family Seder for the past twenty-seven years in our home. Some of our guests, numbering anywhere from twelve to twenty-four, do not come from a Jewish background. Our aim is make everyone feel welcome and to have a joyful, memorable experience. Over the years, we have developed some great ways to achieve this through interactive and thoughtful questions, storytelling, song, table setting, and food. Here are some helpful tips and good finds I’ve picked up over the years.
1) GOOD PLANNING MAKES FOR A GOOD HOLIDAY.
Shopping, cooking, setting the table, and preparing for the Seder service can be overwhelming and challenging. I keep recipes, grocery lists, and a timeline on file, and I start planning and prepping a few weeks in advance to spread out the workload. It’s never too early to make sure you have everything you need to set your table. The following ceremonial objects, available at Audrey’s Museum Store at the Skirball, make for an elegant presentation.
- Annieglass Platinum Seder Plate—Elegant and décor-neutral, this seder plate makes a wonderful heirloom to hand down for generations.
- Michael Aram Matzah Plate—With so many items to squeeze onto the Passover table setting, I really like the small footprint and clever design of this matzah plate.
- Mary Jurek Symphony Silver and Cobalt Blue Kiddush Cup—New this year! The cobalt enamel accent band adds the perfect splash of color.
- Tamara Baskin Twelve Tribes Matchbox—I think that this colorful glass matchbox makes an ideal hostess gift and can be used year round.
Read at the seder table, the Haggadah recounts the tale of the Exodus, when Moses led the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. Each year, we are challenged to retell the sacred story in a way that keeps it fresh while preserving age-old traditions.
As the buyer for Audrey’s Museum Store at the Skirball, I am excited to recommend a new Haggadah that we have reviewed, Sixty-Minute Seder. It’s an easy-to-follow yet sophisticated guide to preparing for Passover and executing the service.
3) PASSOVER IS A CELEBRATION OF FREEDOM. SPARK CONVERSATIONS THAT CENTER AROUND THAT THEME.
Questions and answers are central to the Seder ritual, which is all about connecting with one another. Continue reading