Setting The Passover Seder Table – Made Easy

Passover!You can find information regarding setting up a seder table here in an on-screen reading friendly (PDF) booklet and printer-friendly, downloadable (PDF) versions.

Passover is the Jewish holiday that celebrates our freedom. Along with eating a ritual meal on a seder table, we tell each other the dramatic story of our slavery in Egypt and our escape to become the Jewish people.

The Importance of the Passover Table

Did you know that the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob weren’t the only people to leave Egypt with Moses? Yes, even in ancient times there were others who chose to throw in their lot with the Israelites. Together they witnessed the splitting of the sea and together they walked safely across on dry ground. Today’s Jewish and interfaith families reenact that ancient joining together on Passover at the seder table where they retell those events.

Retelling the story of our slavery with our loved ones around the seder table has always been the core of the Passover celebration. Every generation before us has expanded the story with references to other times of slavery, added new customs and traditions. No need to be a slave to the past! Learn the basics and customize your Passover table!

Perhaps you didn’t grow up celebrating Passover and are feeling overwhelmed by all the details of hosting a seder. Let make it easier for you with setting up your seder table with this booklet.

How to Set a Seder Table?

With ceremonial items decided by customs and personalized by your imagination, your Passover table will be prepared for the ritual meal. One of the night’s key aims is to make the kids sit up and take notes in order to ask questions. There are several ways to create a different type of environment at your seder table from other nights. You may want to use tableware and table linens/textiles, adorn the seder table with flowers, or drape the curtains in the room. All of these modifications are highly encouraged. Each child and adult would then note that this night is unique from other evenings.

This colorful booklet lists all the ritual items needed for the Passover table. The history and significance of each item on the seder plate are explained, as are the customs that have been handed down through the generations in different centers of Jewish life. Understanding the symbolism not only enriches the seder experience but can also lead you and your guests to create new interpretations.

Let this booklet be a resource to you and those of your guests who are new to celebrating Passover at the seder table.


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