Passover Resources in the Time of the Novel Coronavirus

Passover Resources in the Time of the Novel Coronavirus

Given the directives of our governor and the CDC, this Passover (which starts Wednesday, April 8) will certainly be different from all other Passovers, but we have compiled resources to help you celebrate the holiday this year. This list will be updated frequently as the holiday approaches, and if you encounter ideas we haven’t mentioned here, please let us know! We are all figuring this out together.

Also, while celebrating this year is complicated, the fundamentals of the holiday are unchanged, so you will also find our general roundup of Passover resources useful. 

Community Resources 

Watch a video of the Israel Philharmonic performing Passover melodies live from their homes.

Rabbi Joseph hosted a talk on how to host a virtual seder- here are her notes and ideas. The video is available here.

Rabbi Joseph and Education Director Ben Sandler teamed up to review the Four Questions for anyone who may need a refresher!

Rabbi Cahana has an innovative take on B’dikat Chametz.

On their blog, URJ offers tips to enliven your virtual Seder. does as well.

The Jewish Journal offers ten tips for a moving virtual Seder. has this in-depth virtual Seder how-to, a look at ways to make your virtual Seder meaningful, and a thorough take on how to prepare for the holiday.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Portland lists Passover events (virtual, of course) in our Portland Jewish community.


CBI Events

Zoom, the platform we use for many of our virtual connections, has updated their policy to require that all meetings have passwords. For privacy, we are sharing passwords only in our weekly Beneath Our Dome and Virtual Connections emails; if you are not already receiving these emails, please sign up today. If you are interested in the password for a specific event, email the CBI Main Office


Passover Yizkor Service 
Wednesday, April 15, 10:30 AM
via Zoom

Click to join or call (669) 900-9128 and use meeting ID 698-597-344.

Join us for Yizkor Service


Please note that the CBI Main Office will be closed for Passover on April 9 and April 15.


Support the Taste of Temple Vendors that Supported Us!

Earlier this spring, local restaurants, wineries, and distilleries donated their time and delicious bites and sips for our annual fundraiser. As Passover approaches, here are some opportunities to support them in turn!

 Need some tasty macaroons for your Passover table? Roons, a CBI congregant-owned business, is baking and shipping them fresh daily!

Katchka, also congregant-owned, offers Passover meals via curbside pickup. Order today!

Century Catering is offering full, kosher Passover meals to go (with vegetarian options)! Pickup will be at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center.

Beetroot Market and Deli will be selling a limited number of Passover meals as well; ordering is open through to April 3 or when meals sell out.