Secular Passover celebrations
The City Congregation celebrates Passover as a joyous spring holiday of rebirth and as a commemoration of the Jewish people’s escape from slavery in Egypt — without overlooking modern scholarship that has called the Exodus legend into question. For Humanistic Jews the fact that our ancestors have retold the Passover story for so many centuries is what makes the holiday significant, not the murky details of the original story itself. We retell the tale because doing so links us to our families and the generations that have preceded us.
Secular Passover seder
Although many of us celebrate Passover at home with our families on the first night of the holiday, we also hold a community non-theistic Passover seder on a convenient day during Passover week or the week preceding. Our text is The Liberated Haggadah: A Passover Celebration for Cultural, Secular, and Humanistic Jews, written by Rabbi Peter Schweitzer. Historically accurate, it celebrates our forebears, ancient and modern, who made the trip to freedom. Rabbi Schweitzer leads the services with everybody participating. Guests are welcome.
Read an excerpt of our secular Passover Haggadah.
Secular Passover for children
In the weeks before Passover the younger children in our cultural Jewish school learn the Passover story and songs and hold a model seder that introduces them to the elements of this symbolic meal. Guests are welcome to join us for the model seder.