Start planning for your seders

Start planning for your seders

Many local shuls and institutions offer community Passover seders. These are the ones we’ve heard about so far. Check with them for last minute reservations.

CLOSTER: Temple Emanu-El has two family seders on Saturday, April 20; “Greatest Hits,” a shorter seder at 6 p.m.; and “Classic,” a traditional one at 7, both conducted by the shul’s clergy with food and an engaging atmosphere. 180 Piermont Road. Call (201) 750-9997 or go to

NEW CITY: The Nanuet Hebrew Center is hosting its 10th annual second night of Passover seder on Saturday, April 20. Leaders ask that participants come at 8:10 p.m., and the seder will start at 8:30. The cost includes a kosher-for-Passover roasted chicken dinner with a vegetarian option. There is no charge for anyone under 21. Sponsorships are welcome. The shul is at 411 South Little Tor Road — just off exit 10 of the Palisades Parkway in New City, New York. Call (845) 708-9181 or email

PARAMUS: The JCC of Paramus/Congregation Beth Tikvah has a community seder on the second night of Passover — Saturday April 20 — at 8:30 p.m. It’s hosted by Rabbi Arthur and Shira Weiner. All are welcome. The shul is at East 304 Midland Ave. Email or call (201) 262-7691.

TEANECK: The Jewish Learning Experience holds a seder on Friday, April 19 at 8 p.m., at Beth Abraham in Bergenfield, 396 New Bridge Road. Rabbi Justin Wexler, (201) 621-3829,, or RabbiWexler@\.

TEANECK: Temple Emeth holds its annual community seder on Saturday, April 20, at 6 p.m. The shul is at 1666 Windsor Road. Call (201) 833-1322.

WAYNE: Rabbi Michel and Chani Gurkov and their family host family-friendly seders on Friday, April 19, at 7:15 p.m. and on Saturday, April 20, at 8:15 p.m. at the Chabad Center of Passaic County. There will be readings in both English and Hebrew. Seders include award-winning wines, hand-baked surah matzah (spelt and gluten-free upon request), and a four-course dinner with fish, salads, chicken soup, main course, freshly squeezed assorted juices, and homemade desserts. Seders are in an elegantly set dining hall with linens, waiter service, and an individual haggadah at each place. There also will be a children’s play area with snacks. The center is at 194 Ratzer Road in Wayne. For information, go to, email, or call (973) 694-6274.

WAYNE: Temple Beth Tikvah hosts a community potluck second seder on Saturday April 20, at 5 p.m. Participants are asked to make a ready-to-eat entrée or side dish of three pounds or more. If you can’t cook, you can contribute to a “meal supplement” fee. A special kosher-for-Passover meal can be arranged at an additional fee. Food must be kosher-style for Passover (no dairy, pork, shellfish, or grains). For reservations and pricing call Michelle at (973) 207-8741 or email her at 

TENAFLY: Lubavitch on the Palisades offers family community seders, led by its rabbis, on Friday, April 19, at 8 p.m., and on Saturday, April 20, at 8:30. It will offer gourmet kosher food, vegetarian options, and special community rates. The seders will be held at 11 Harold St. in Tenafly. For more information, call (201) 871-1152 or go to

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP: The JCC of Northern NJ’s Active Adult program at Temple Beth Or holds a seder for seniors, led by Cantor Mark Biddelman, on Thursday, April 18, at noon. The shul is at 56 Ridgewood Road. Call (201) 666-6610, ext. 2, or email

WYCKOFF: Temple Beth Rison holds a community Passover seder on Saturday, April 20, at 6 p.m. Reservations are due by April 15. The shul is at 585 Russell Ave. For information, call (201) 891-4466.

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