Seders and Other Passover Celebrations for Families

Seders and Other Passover Celebrations for Families

The eight-day festival of Pesach, which means "to pass over" in Hebrew, commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. It is observed with a Seder meal that includes eating unleavened bread, also known as matzah; bitter herbs; retelling the story of the Exodus, also known as the Haggadah; and hiding the afikomen (matzah wrapped in a cloth or napkin) for kids to find. This year, Passover starts on the evening of April 19 and ends on April 27 this year, we've rounded up the best family-friendly Seders and Passover activities in the New York metro area, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Long IslandWestchester, and Rockland.


Seders and Passover Celebrations in Manhattan

Passover Family Day
WHEN: Sunday, April 7, 11am-4pm
WHERE: The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave., Upper East Side 
AGES: 3 and older 
WHAT: Enjoy a Passover extravaganza and hear the soulful sounds of ShirLaLa and enjoy art-making projects. 
WANT TO GO? FREE with museum admission: $18 adults; $12 seniors 65+; $8 students; free children 18 and under; free on Saturdays . 212-423-3200. 

Creative Family Passover Seder Rebecca Schoffer
WHEN: Saturday, April 20, 4:30pm
WHERE: 92Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, Upper East Side 
AGES: All 
WHAT: A joyful and meaningful Seder experience for the whole family, filled with singing, dancing, interactive storytelling, Dayeinu conga lines, and more! 
WANT TO GO? $75 adults $55 children. 212-415-5500. 

Passover Week Art Workshop: Painted Wonders
WHEN: April 22-25, 1-4pm
WHERE: The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave., Upper East Side 
AGES: 3 and older 
WHAT: See striking works of art on view from the Museum’s collection and express yourself through color and painting. 
WANT TO GO? FREE with museum admission: $18 adults; $12 seniors 65+; $8 students; free children 18 and under; free on Saturdays . 212-423-3200. 

Embroidered Matzah Covers
WHEN: April 20-27, Drop-in classes from 10am-5pm
WHERE: Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd St., Upper West Side 
AGES: 5 and older 
WHAT: Celebrate Passover by embroidering a unique Matzah cover. For ages 6 and older.  
WANT TO GO? $14 children and adults; $11 seniors (65+); $11 visitors with disabilities; FREE for children ages 1 and under . 212-721-1223. 

Seders and Passover Celebrations in Brooklyn

Unpacking Passover: Creating and Leading Your Own Passover Seder
WHEN: March 19- April 2, Tuesdays, 6:30-8pm
WHERE: Cortelyou Road Library- Community Room, 1305 Cortelyou Road, Prospect Park South 
AGES: 13 and older 
WHAT: These workshops will focus on helping you to create and customize a Seder for your family. 
WANT TO GO? $10 per workshop; $25 for all three. 718-282-1596. 

Seders and Passover Celebrations in Queens

Passover Seder 
WHEN: Monday, April 22, 5-9pm
WHERE: La Baraka Restaurant, 255-09 Northern Blvd., Little Neck 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Celebrate Passover with a Humanistic Haggadah and seder meal.  
WANT TO GO? prices vary. 718-428-1461. 

Seders and Passover Celebrations in Long Island

The Passover Experience
WHEN: Sunday, April 14, 10am-12pm
WHERE: Wood Kingdom West, 111 Milbar Blvd., Farmingdale 
AGES: Newborn-5 
WHAT: Join for The Passover Experience with matzo, grape juice, Passover stories, games, and playtime for the kids. 
WANT TO GO? $18 per child. 631-845-3804. 

Community Passover Seder 
WHEN: Friday, April 19, 7pm
WHERE: Town of Oyster Bay Chabad, 678 Woodbury Road, Woodbury 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Enjoy an insightful Seder, four-course gourmet passover cuisine, hand-baked matzo, and an international wine selection. 
WANT TO GO? $54; $18 child. 347-853-9992. 

Community Seder 
WHEN: April 19-20, Friday, 7:45pm; Saturday, 7:15pm
WHERE: Chabad of Merrick-Bellmore-Wantagh, 2174 Hewlett Ave., Suite 101, Merrick 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Enjoy the holiday of freedom at a Seder complete with matzo, four cups of wine, and a gourmet Passover dinner. 
WANT TO GO? $45 per night; $25 children 4-12 . 516-833-3057. 


Seders and Passover Celebrations in Westchester County

First Night Interfaith Musical Seder 
WHEN: Friday, April 19, 6pm
WHERE: Temple Sholom, 300 E. Putnam Ave., Greenwich, CT 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Join Temple Sholom for a traditional Passover seder for people of all faiths. Reservations required. 
WANT TO GO? $54; $18 children ages 12 and younger. 203-869-7191. 

Community Seder
WHEN: Friday, April 19, 7:15pm
WHERE: Chabad of Rivertowns, 303 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Discover and learn holiday rituals and enjoy gourmet Passover cuisine, an international wine selection, and Hebrew and English readings. Plus, special activities for kids. 
WANT TO GO? $54 adult; $13 child (under 14); Subsidized Cost: $25 adult; No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.. 914-693-6100. 

Family Seder
WHEN: Friday, April 19, 7pm
WHERE: Chabad of Bedford, 16 Old Village Lane, Katonah 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Join members of the community for a warm, interactive Passover Seder. RSVP by April 5. 
WANT TO GO? $54; $25 children. 914-666-6065. 

Passover: Elijah's Cup 
WHEN: Monday, April 22, 3:15-3:45pm
WHERE: Lil Chameleon, 29 Elm St., Tuckahoe 
AGES: Newborn-5 
WHAT: Celebrate Passover and craft your very own decorative Elijah's Cup. For ages 18 months to 4 years. 
WANT TO GO? $20. 914-346-5148. 

Seders and Passover Celebrations in Rockland County

K'tanim: Preschool Program: Passover & Chocolate Seder! 
WHEN: Sunday, April 14, 9-11am
WHERE: The Reform Temple of Rockland, 330 N. Highland Ave., Upper Nyack 
AGES: Newborn-5 
WHAT: Check out Passover & Chocolate Seder full of music, crafts, and Judaism. 
WANT TO GO? Call for information . 845-358-2248. 

Second Night Seder
WHEN: Saturday, April 20, 4:30-8pm
WHERE: Congregation Emanuel, 243 Albany Ave., Kingston 
AGES: All 
WHAT: This special night features a unique theme each year and live musicians.  
WANT TO GO? See website. 845-338-4271 x101. 


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Main image: Passover Matzah Factory at the Jewish Children's Museum