Build Your Own Haggadah

The two most celebrated holidays in the Jewish community are Hanukkah and Passover. Both are attractive to unaffiliated families and those on the periphery because they take place in the home, not the synagogue, and there is a lot of flexibility in how these holidays are celebrated. As we move from Hanukkah into the secular New Year, we also move closer to Passover. Though the holiday is still a few months away (it begins on the evening of April 18, 2011), we believe it’s never too early to start planning for your Passover celebration.

It turns out we are not alone in our eagerness. People can now visit the new website to build their own Haggadah – including using numerous resources from JOI.

The website is described as a place “for Jews of all backgrounds to upload, exchange and personalize Passover Haggadot. With this resource, Jews around the world may create a more personal, more meaningful Haggadah - whatever their denominational, educational, or ethnic background may be.”

The Passover Haggadah is the means by which families guide the Seder (Passover meal) and re-tell the story of our emancipation from slavery in Egypt. Over the years there have been countless variations on the Haggadah to reflect the growing diversity of the Jewish people. Among these many additions and expansions are numerous pieces from JOI, including our Haggadah bookmarks and our many opinion pieces. now allows you to incorporate all of these into your very own Haggadah and help us share the message that our history was built upon a foundation of welcoming and inclusion.

We invite you to use the JOI materials to build the Haggadah that is right for you, your family, and all of the guests who will be joining you around the Seder table. On Passover, we are instructed to “welcome the stranger” into our home. Please join us in creating a Haggadah that truly celebrates this message.

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