Pesach | Reconstructing Judaism


Collected Resources


On Pesach (or Passover), Jews recount and relive the Exodus—the “going out from Egypt” of the ancient Israelites as they were liberated from Egyptian servitude. Pesach is the most observed of all Jewish holidays in North America, primarily through the ritual meal of the Seder. The power of the Seder has multiple sources. It is at once a family event at home, an opportunity to absorb a central Jewish narrative, a link across generations, and a celebration of Jewish life and commitment.1

  • 1. Adapted from A Guide to Jewish Practice, Volume 2—Shabbat and Holidays

More Pesach Resources

Strange Thoughts: A New Take on Loving the Stranger

To truly live justly, we need to move out of our comfort zones and embrace unfamiliar ideas and habits of mind. 


Multicultural Haroset Recipes

Recipes for Passover haroset from several cultural traditions


A Hasidic Lens on Parashat Bo

In this short talk, Rabbi Lester Bronstein brings 18th and 19th-century Hasidic thought into dialogue with contemporary Reconstructionist theology.

Spoken Audio

At The Sea: A Selection of Midrashim

This selection of midrashim on the crossing of the Red Sea provides a window into the tradition’s ethical concerns surrounding this well-known story.


Twelve Years A Slave: A Passover Resource

This printable resource pairs selected quotes from Solomon Northup’s autobiographical memoir, “12 Years a Slave,” with quotes from the Exodus and other Jewish texts.


A  Passover Blessing for People of Many Backgrounds Who Journey with Us

This is a short Passover reading that expresses appreciation for people of backgrounds and identities other than Judaism. It would work well in a community seder, as well as home seders. 


The Midwives of Exodus: An Interfaith Text Study

An easily-accessible text study about the ethnic ambiguity that the Torah presents us with regarding the midwives who refused to obey Pharaoh's orders. 


Making Pesakh Personal

This study sheet provides a variety of sources on the spiritual practices surrounding Passover (Pesakh).


Next Year in Jerusalem?

A resource for exploring values and commitments around Israel, seen through the lens of the phrase “Next year in Jerusalem” at the close of the Passover seder


Exodus in Our Time

A creative meditation on liberation from Egypt


My Questions for This Pesach Season

Passover conversations with non-Jews who are part of Jewish communities and families