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Guide to 2012 Passover Seders in Puget Sound

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If you are looking for a place to celebrate this Passover, there are many places around the Sound hosting seders. You will want to make reservations as soon as possible, as seating is limited in many locations. Here are some local venues you might check out:

Hillel UW
Friday, April 6 – 7:00 pm
4745 17th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105
206.527.1997
http://www.hilleluw.org

There are two seders to choose from. The first will consist of a sacred retelling of the Passover narrative through a female lens — utilizing music, Jewish ritual and storytelling. Hillel staff member Mara Berde will lead this seder with Naomi Less, a renowned Jewish musician, leader in Jewish experiential education, and founding company member of Storahtelling. The seder is open to the community.

The second will be a traditional seder, for those who would prefer a night including song and discussion. All participants will be involved in the telling the story, singing and asking quesitons. The seder will be lively and fun, while including the traditional text of the seder. Cost: $54/Community, $25/Jconnect, $12/Students. Register online.

West Seattle TLC of the Seattle Kollel
Friday, April 6 – 8:00pm
The Seattle Kollel
5305 52nd Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118
http://www.seattlekollel.org

An explanatory seder, great for beginners as well as people who have experienced a seder and would like to understand what’s going on on a deeper level. Free.

Secular Jewish Circle
Saturday, April 7 – 5:00pm
117 East Louisa Street
Seattle, WA 98102
206.528.1944 ‎
http://www.secularjewishcircle.org

The annual Community Seder features the telling of the Passover story from a Secular and Humanistic perspective which makes for an evocative, moving, and joyful event that celebrates freedom from bondage. There is a secular haggadah and plenty of singing, food, and wine. Registration is required. Email rlgitelman@gmail.com for more information.

Congregation Tikvah Chadashah
Saturday April 7 – 6:00pm
Graham Visitors Center
2300 Arboretum Dr E,
Seattle, WA 98112
206.355.1414
http://www.tikvahchadashah.org

Seattle’s GLBT Synagogue since 1980 invites you to 2nd Night Community Passover Seder. Meat potluck, no hametz please! Ritual foods, juice, and wine provided. Come prepared to participate, even sing. All are welcome. Suggested donation $20/adult, student low income $10, and children under 13 free. Call for reservations.

Temple B’nai Torah
Saturday, April 7 – 6:00pm
15727 NE 4th Street
Bellevue, WA 98008
425.603.9677
http://www.templebnaitorah.org

Call for details and to make reservations.

Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue
Saturday, April 7 – 5:30pm
8236 SE 24th Street
Mercer Island, WA 98040
206.527.9399
http://www.betalef.org

With Rabbi Olivier BenHaim as guide, participants will explore the deeper mystical teachings of Jewish lineage and share the traditional symbols, story and songs, in order to discover anew the spiritual dimensions of Passover and their meaning. Register online.

Congregation Kol Ami
Saturday, April 7
5:00pm
The Y at Carol Edwards Center
17401 133rd Ave NE
Woodinville, WA 98071
http://www.kolaminw.org

Members and guests are invited to enjoy a delicious catered meal, songs, and camaraderie together for this ancient and awe-inspiring tradition. $36/adult members, $40/adult non-members; $18/ages 6-12; under 5 free.

Temple Beth El
Saturday, April 7 – 6:00pm
5975 S. 12th St.
Tacoma, WA 98465
253.564.7101
http://www.templebethel18.org

It’s a potluck community seder. Entreé and soup will be provided. Led by Cantor Leah Holland. Reservations are required. Adults: $15 – $20; Children 5 – 12: $10 – $15; Children 4 and under are free.

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