Passover starts at sundown on Saturday, March 27. All program links can be found on our join us page.

Whether it is your first time celebrating Passover or your 50th, there may be questions abound! You may find yourself asking, “what was that 6th item that goes on the seder plate?” “can I eat beans and rice?” or even, “how do I keep my 3-year-old niece engaged during the Seder?” Maybe this is the year you try a new haggadah or recipe. Below you will find an abundance of resources for celebrating Passover.

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Passover Programming
Zoom Backgrounds
Passover Videos
Passover Resources
Answers to Passover-related questions!
Haggadah Central!
Passover Music   

Zoom Backgrounds

Click the background titles below to download a fun Passover-themed Zoom background.

Afikomen Hunt background

Matzah background

Passover Plagues background

Red Sea background

Passover Programming

Passover starts at sundown on Saturday, March 27.

All program links can be found on our join us page.

Second Night of Passover

Community Seder | via Zoom – Sunday, March 28 at 4:00 PM
Your CBI clergy lead a community Seder on the second night of Passover. This free Seder may be socially distanced, but it will still provide ample ways for community members to celebrate, connect, and be together.

Third Night of Passover

Adult Education Presents: The Story of the Haggadah | via ZoomMonday, March 29 at 12:00 PM
Join Rabbi Cahana for a Passover Lunch and Learn (you provide the lunch; we provide the learning), brought to you by CBI’s Adult Education Committee. Rabbi Cahana will discuss this essential element of the holiday. A Q&A will follow.

Fifth Night of Passover

Dor Chadash Matzah Pizza | via ZoomWednesday, March 31 at 5:00 PM
Who likes pizza? Everyone! Who’s hanging out on Zoom making pizza? Dor Chadash. Sixth and seventh graders are invited to pick up a chef’s kit (with some special extra goodies) and to make a personal Passover pizza with their friends at Dor Chadash. Boxes are currently sold out but you’re welcome to join us for the zoom! Email Chelsea with any questions.

Sixth Night of Passover

Women’s Seder | via ZoomThursday, April 1 at 6:00 PM
All CBI members who identify as women are invited to gather for this joyful and moving Seder experience. Those who wish for a more immersive (and tasty!) experience may purchase a Seder kit for $36. These boxes are curated by Jacob and Sons, the innovative supper club behind our hit Taste of Temple, so be sure to reserve yours by March 15. To purchase a box or find out more about this program, please visit: or call our office at (503) 222-1069; Seder kits will be available for pick up at CBI on Tuesday, March 30, and on Wednesday, March 31.

Seventh Night of Passover

Musical Shabbat Evening Service | via ZoomFriday, April 2 at 6:00 PM
The CBI clergy and community welcome special musical guests for this Passover Shabbat celebration.

Eighth Night of Passover

Passover Family Shabbat Experience | In-Person – Saturday, April 3 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Sign up in advance for a socially distanced Passover celebration with music and stories for our community’s young families. Limited slots are available for this in-person experience, and as Covid-19 restrictions and developments change, the specifics of the event may as well. What we do know that Rabbi Joseph, Cantor Green, Kim Schniderman, and Ben Sandler will be smiling in their masks and can’t wait to see you! Please click here to sign up.

Due to social distancing protocols and best practices, attendance at this event is limited. As you sign up, please include EVERY member of our household who will be in attendance. Masks and social distancing measures will be required for the full duration of the program.

Passover Yizkor Shabbat Morning Service | via Zoom – Saturday, April 3 at 10:30 AM
Join via Zoom Meeting ID: 886 924 058
As Passover ends, Rabbi and Cantor Cahana lead this moving memorial service.

PARTY Passover Event | via ZoomSaturday, April 3 at 8:00 PM
Cantor Green invites all eighth through twelfth graders to a Passover experience designed just for PARTY (Portland Area Temple Youth). Commemorate the end of Passover with some matzah cooking led by our teen board and some Passover discussion led by Cantor Green. Please note the date change (previously March 30).

Passover Videos

B’dikat Chametz

Rabbi Cahana offers innovative advice on the ritual of B’dikat Chametz or searching for chametz the evening before Passover.

Four Questions

Passover while socially distancing means that many of us are going to unexpectedly be the youngest person at our table and so need a quick review of the Four Questions. Happily, Rabbi Joseph, Education Director Ben Sandler, and a pair of celebrity guest stars are here to help!

Passover Resources

General Passover resources Passover Customs and Rituals Passover Seder Checklist What goes on the Seder Plate? (video)
Passover Reflection Art Project Ways to include kids in Passover prep Make Your Own Miriam’s Cup 9 Easy Seder Activities for Kids
Celebrating Passover Around the World with Shalom Sesame Learn about Passover Traditions with Shalom Sesame Play Passover Hopscotch  
10 Passover recipes from around the world Matzah Spinach Pizza Sephardic Almond Macaroons Chocolate Charoset Truffles

“How to Host a Zoom Seder (Again) Resources

On April 17, Rabbi Joseph led a conversation on How to Host a Zoom Seder (again). Here are the resources she discussed:

Lessons from Charoset During the Year of Pandemic

Make Your Online Seder Lively, Engaging, and Meaningful

The Four Children: 5 Social Justice Inserts for Your Passover Seder

The URJ’s Passover Guide

Passover Jeopardy!

Play Kahoot

Videos to Share


Answers to Passover-related questions! 

Do we do anything special because the Seder falls on Friday night (Shabbat)? What are the blessings?
How do I help my 2 or 3-year-old feel involved with the Seder? How do I help my 4 or 5-year-old feel involved with the Seder?
How do I teach my children about Passover? How can I incorporate social justice into Passover?
What can I eat? What’s the deal with kitnyot? When does Passover end? Is it 7 or 8 days?

Haggadah Central! 

Different Haggadot for download or purchase 
American Jewish World Services Haggadah The Family Participation Haggadah: A Different Night Kveller’s Family Friendly Haggadah Jewish Boston’s Haggadah: The Wandering is Over
Jewish Language Project PowerPoint Haggadah Make Your Own Haggadah Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger Haggadah Mishkan HaSeder: A Passover Haggadah
(for purchase)
Sammy Spider’s First Haggadah
(for young families)
PJ Library’s Haggadah PowerPoint Haggadah by Ellie Flier  
Even More Options
18 Doors Additional Passover Resources Religious Action Center Haggadot options 8 Great Haggadot If You Have Young Children Looking for even more, unique, options?
Add one of these inserts into your Seder
American Jewish World Services Haggadot insert options Teaching the Four Children of Passover with Video Activities and More Four Children Racial Justice Haggadah Insert The Four Children: 5 Social Justice Inserts for your Passover Seder
PJ Library Passover Cheat Sheet Multi-Lingual Passover Around the World Supplement From Jewish Language Project    

Passover Music