Pesach begins at sundown on Monday, April 22.

This page contains a variety of resources from Rabbi Ruhi Sophia to assist you in creating your own seder experience.

A group of kitchen utensils on a wooden table.

Kasher the TBI Kitchen w/Rabbi Ruhi Sophia

Sunday, April 21, 1:00-2:30pm

Do a mitzvah and learn about koshering for Pesach! We need up to 8 people.

» Sign up here

A building with the name of temple beth israel on it.


There will be Pesach services at the following times:
10:00 am on the 1st day (Tuesday, April 23)
9:00 am on the 7th day (Monday, April 29)
9:00 am on the 8th day (Tuesday, April 30) including Yizkor/memorial prayers (YouTube link is here)

A black and white drawing of the seal of the city of saratoga.

Attend the TBI First Night Zoom Seder led by Rabbi Ruhi Sophia
Monday, April 22, 5:30-6:30pm

The TBI Virtual Community Seder will be using Saratoga Haggadah. You can download it HERE.

The seder will take no more than an hour.

Please see “Monday, April 22nd” section in the step-by-step list below so that you’re ready to go at 5:30pm on the 22nd.

TBI members, no charge. For non-members, we ask for a $5 donation.
Please note: Everyone must sign up in order to get the Zoom link and participate.

» Sign up here

A laptop with a plate of food on the screen.

Second Night In-Person Seder led by Rabbi Ruhi Sophia
SOLD OUT. RSVP was required.

Join us for a joyful Seder experience with song, insight, and discussion while enjoying Passover ritual foods and a catered dinner. Children of all ages, extended family, and friends are all welcome. Reservations will be required. We are sorry we cannot accommodate drop-in guests or late reservations.
This year our seder will be elevated by the extraordinary talents of world-class chef Tamisha Heacox-Jackson of Mishjacks Catering, promising a delightful seder meal that transcends the ordinary.

A to do list written on top of a chalkboard.Getting Ready for Pesach, Step by Step

Here is Rabbi Ruhi Sophia’s guide for those who are managing their own seder for the first time. Download guide HERE.


  • Decide what Haggadah you will use and acquire it (see some suggestions farther down on this page)
  • Have a household conversation about goals for the seder, which could include:
    • Traditional Pesach liturgy
    • Singing Pesach songs together
    • Being silly together
    • Having an interesting conversation about how we do liberation today
    • Any other you come up with (My family’s seder goals are usually all of the above, and our Seders are very long! You decide what your goals are, and how much of the liturgy to focus on, how much open conversation time, etc.)

In theA yellow sticky note with the words save the dates written on it. next two weeks:

  • Clean your house as best you can, getting rid of food containing the five forbidden grains: wheat, spelt, barley, rye and oats, or gathering all of them to one definable location in your house and
  • Sell your chametz (either entrusting me or Chabad to do so on your behalf). Click HERE to authorize me to sell it by April 17th.
  • Plan a menu for seder night. I grew up having vegetarian seders (some of my favorite recipes are Spinach Cheese Squares and Quinoa Stuffed Mushrooms). You can also google lots of other Pesach recipes online. Or you can keep it minimalist: eat the traditional seder plate foods plus just some soup and salad.
  • Acquire non-perishable seder foods: matzah, maror, and wine/grape juice

In the final days leading up to Pesach:

  • A yellow sticky note with the words save the dates written on it.Finish cleaning your house
  • Clean out your oven (self-clean cycle, if it has one)
  • Kasher any dishes that you can, (and you decide how far to go with this) and/or pull out Pesach dishes
  • Acquire or plan to acquire perishable seder foods: parsley, shank bone (or beet for veg version), eggs (if not vegan), charoset ingredients (see below for recipes)

Sunday, April 21st:

  • Make charoset (It likes a day or two to sit and absorb flavors. There are many recipes, from many Jewish traditions. Ashkenazi recipes like this one usually have fewer ingredients, whereas Sephardi recipes like these feature more dried fruit and spices.)
  • Boil eggs (if not vegan)

A yellow sticky note with the words save the dates written on it.Sunday eve after dark, April 21st: Bedikat Chametz: (HERE’s the liturgy and HERE’s a demonstration).

Monday, April 22nd:

  • Finish eating chametz by 10:51 am.
  • Burn your chametz by 12:01 pm.
  • Nullify your chametz with the following declaration by 12:09 pm.
    • “All leaven and anything leavened that is in my possession, whether I have seen it or not, whether I have observed it or not, whether I have removed it or not, shall be considered nullified and ownerless as the dust of the earth.”
  • A yellow sticky note with the words save the dates written on it.Set table, make sure you have:
    • Shabbat candles
    • Wine/juice in glasses plus more for future glasses and Elijah’s cup
    • Salt water for dipping parsley and eggs
    • Napkins for people to wipe fingers after dripping wine for the 10 plagues
    • 3 Matzah in a covered stack
    • Special napkin or other cloth to be afikomen cover
    • Seder plate with parsley, maror, charoset, egg (or vegan substitute), shankbone (or veg substitute)
    • Some people put an orange on the seder plate, or other additions (see the supplemental materials)

A yellow sticky note with the words save the dates written on it.Haggadot, Guides, and Music for your Seder

The most important thing about a seder is that it is an opportunity to internalize the Exodus story, make it come alive for today. There is a wide variety of Haggadah options and, depending on your household, different options will be right for you.


  • Make your own Haggadah: Free site to compile your own Haggadah, based on traditional, liberal, or secular templates from
  • Sefaria: Here’s the full text of the Haggadah (most is translated; nothing is transliterated)


  • Saratoga Haggadah€¯ compiled years ago by Rabbi Ruhi Sophia’s parents! It takes more than 30 minutes, but not more than an hour to get to the meal.
  • 30-minute Seder An abbreviated Seder, with the ritual completed before the meal; hard copies can be purchased, or you can purchase a pdf to download and make copies.
  • An even-shorter Haggadah from PJ Library
  • A Guide to the Seder by Jewish Federations of North America



The Open Door: A Passover Haggadah, by Sue Levi Elwell and Ruth Weisberg
A Family Haggadah, Shoshana Silberman
A Different Night: The Family Participation Haggadah, Noam Zinn and David Dishon
The Jewish Journey Haggadah, Adena Berkowitz

Supplemental Seder Materials:

Videos and source sheets by Rabbi Ruhi Sophia (geared towards Talmud Torah students, informative for adults as well!). (And here’s a link to the entire playlist.)

Haggadah supplements from various Jewish non-profits

Music: Find traditional and contemporary versions of Passover songs HERE.

A guide for everything Pesach: For a wide variety of information, go HERE. It features many links, including history, customs and rituals, Pesach family activities, food and recipes.

The Ten Plagues: This one-page document has ideas for discussing the Ten Plagues with children.

18 Doors: Lots of good material HERE, particularly for interfaith families.

A yellow sticky note with the words save the dates written on it.The Seder Plate

The big mitzvot of Pesach are to eat matzah during Pesach, and to get rid of chametz (leavened foods) in advance of Pesach.But there are other traditional foods featured during the seder. You can find out the symbolism of each in detail here; for your shopping purposes, they’re listed below:

  • Kosher for Pesach Matzah
  • Maror (horseradish raw root or in jars)
  • A shank bone (some vegetarian families use a beet, the only vegetable that bleeds, to remind of the Pesach sacrifice)
  • Parsley (a symbol of spring, used early in the Seder)
  • Charoset (a sweet mixture recalling the mortar that our ancestors used in their labors. Recipe samples in timeline below)
  • Hardboiled eggs, also symbolizing springtime, and traditionally the first food eaten as part of the festive meal (and dipped in salt water, like the parsley).
  • Wine or grape juice

A painting of an open window with the sun shining.Books (including some Haggadot) that we recommend

The Art of Jewish Living: The Passover Seder, Dr. Ron Wolfson

Keeping Passover: Everything You need to Know to Bring the Ancient Tradition to Life and to Create Your Own Passover Celebration, Ira Steingroot

Creating Lively Passover Seders: A Sourcebook of Engaging Tales, Texts & Activities, David Arnow

Make Your Own Passover Seder: A New Approach to Creating a Personal Family Celebration, Alan Abraham Kay and Jo Kay

Additional Resources

From Everyone Counts:

Bringing the hostages to your seder
When the four children aren’t there
Let our people go

From the JTA:

Empty chairs, mirrors and pomegranates: How Jews are bringing the Israel-Hamas war to their seder tables this Passover