Frequently Asked Questions

You have questions, we have answers!  See FAQ for 2 for Seder, our Action Tips and the newest program – 2 for Seder: In the Sukkah.

General Questions

How does 2 for Seder help fight anti-Semitism?

Whether you are a potential host or guest, participating in 2 for Seder is one of the most powerful things (on a small scale) you can do to fight hate and build understanding across cultures.  

  1. Push back against anti-Semitism by giving someone their first experience with the Jewish Seder.  This experience shows them a critical holiday without having to feel like they are outsiders – they are participants, reading from the Haggadah and eating the unique Passover food like everyone around the table.  Once you have this positive Jewish experience, no one can take it away.  
  2. The unknown can be weird and scary – knowledge is critical to fighting Hate!  When you don’t know about a topic or a culture, it’s easy to listen to negative things about it.  This is an opportunity to not just learn but directly experience a Jewish festival and fill in the blanks yourself.  
  3. Build an interfaith bridge of understanding and support.  By reaching outside your comfort zone, both hosts and guests begin a relationship of trust and learning.  This is a two-way bridge – how far it goes is up to you.  

Read more about this topic on our Blog.

When was Passover this year (2020)?

Passover began Wednesday, April 8th (sundown) and ended Thursday April 16th (sundown).

Seders are held on the first two nights.

This year, Easter was on Sunday, April 12th

Why should I sign up under Participate?

When you sign up, your Seder is counted so we know what impact we are all having.  You also receive a 2 for Seder Kit. This Kit helps you “set the table” and
supports both hosts and guests.  The Kit helps ensure that everyone feels welcome and has good expectations for the Seder.  There are also tips and tools for making your Seder more interactive and encouraging lively discussion.  

The Kit is free and will be emailed to you. 

I signed up using the Participate link, when should I expect to receive my free seder kit?

We will be sending the 2 for Seder Kit 2020 by email starting February 2020. 

2 for Seder: In the Sukkah

What is 2 for Seder: In the Sukkah?

While we should be focusing on fighting the virus, some people are busy spreading hate and anti-Semitism.    Inspired by the Jewish spirit of Tikkun Olam – repairing the world – we want to encourage all Jews to not only embrace the home-based holiday of Sukkot, but also safely invite 2 friends of a different faith to share a meal in the Sukkah.  Since Sukkot is also an outdoor holiday, you can take steps to make sure it is socially-distanced.  

Read more about this topic on our Blog.

When is Sukkot this year (2020)?

Sukkot begins Friday, October 2ndth (sundown) and ends Friday, October 9th (sundown). 

Hoshana Rabbah, the seventh day of Sukkot, is known as the last of the Days of Judgment, which begin on Rosh Hashana.  These days can be celebrated alone or together virtually this year.  

I don't have a Sukkah - can I still Celebrate?

This is a deeply personal question.  At 2 for Seder, we encourage you to check-in with your religious leader or an educator for recommendations. 

We also recognize this 2020 is a VERY different year.  Like the Passover Seder, Sukkot is celebrated at home.  We want to help you make this a time of creating new traditions and feel connected to the spirit of the High Holidays, to our past and our future.  If you can’t do a full sukkah, you might decorate your porch, deck or patio and eat most of your meals outside.  This year, it’s not about being perfect.  It’s about exploring and finding joy in Jewish traditions and then including our neighbors of other faiths to join in.  Our Guide can help.  

OMG - we are in COVID, how can 2 for Seder in the Sukkah be safe?

We take COVID very seriously.  If you are part of an at-risk population, we encourage you to share your Sukkah meal virtually.  If you have a pod/trusted circle or are comfortable with social distancing, there are ways to adjust the Sukkah to keep air flow moving and social distance. 

Please download our SukkahSafe Fact Sheet for more details.

Action Tips

What are the 2 for Seder Action Tips?

You have the power to change the world.  Your personal relationships, willingness to educate, and willingness to be respectfully curious about all the wonderful cultures that make the United States and Canada are the key to fighting hate where it starts.  Hurtful stereotypes, “funny” tropes and holdovers from the past all lose their power when we know the hurtful history behind them and refuse to pass them along.  

The Tips are actions you can take to actively fight back – even during COVID.

Read more about this topic on our Blog.

Sign up for 2 for Seder Action Tips. 

 

How do you Choose the Action Tips?

We look to Tikkun Olam, the Jewish philosophy of repairing your corner of the world, to inspire the Tips.  The news, time of the year, upcoming holidays (of all faiths) shape each Tip.  One of our founders either writes the Tips or we bring in experts to help.  

 

YOUR suggestions make a huge impact.  If you have an idea (even if it isn’t fully conceived)  please contact us at info@2forseder.org so we can create a Tip together.  

 

Who are the Sponsors of the Action Tips?

Sponsors are critical to keep the Action Tips going.  It takes time to research, write and design each Tip.  There are three types of Sponsors:

Foundation – The Good People Fund is our primary sponsor for the Tips.  We couldn’t do it without their support and advice!!!!!!

Donors – all 2 for Seder Donors help sponsor the Tips.  If you have a celebration , someone you would like to honor or memorialize, or just believe in the power of small, positive actions, please become a donor here.  

Volunteers – Our volunteers inspire, edit and review the Tips.  This is deeply appreciated.  We recognize our volunteers on each Tip.  Interested in volunteering for an hour or two a month?  Email us at info@2forseder.org 

For Hosts – Passover

Who should I ask to attend my Seder?

The biggest impact happens when you provide new experiences in your corner of the world. 

Ask your friends, neighbors, co-workers or others you know who have not experienced a Seder. They do not need to be your closest friends (best friends should have already been to one of your Seders).  Think about who in your network has not experienced a Seder and would be interested in attending one.  

If you invited someone last year, make sure to invite someone new.   

For an additional potential impact, consider inviting one person and request that they invite the second person.  

What's in the 2 for Seder Kit for Passover 2020?

2 for Seder supports your Home Seder through our free 2 for Seder Kit.  It’s filled with great supporting material

Section One: The Guest Kit is an introduction to our guests to set expectations for their first Seder. Please print and give to your guests about a week before the Seder. 

Section Two: The Host Kit supports your existing Haggadah and encourages discussion:

  • Part One: Suggested Introduction
  • Part Two: The Four Questions in Five Languages
  • Part Three: Discussion Cards [picture of the cards] {More text coming}

Section Three:  The Background Section provides background information on anti-Semitism and how to fight it.  Thank you to partners AJC and ADL for supplying content for this section!

Where do I find people to join my Seder?

Bring a guest with the intent of building bridges and creating understanding about Jewish values.

Attendees can be any religion or no religion, adults or children (with their parents).

  • Neighbors
  • Co-workers
  • Classmates and their parents

Consider inviting one person and request that they invite the second person.  

Do I need to do anything special for my Seder?

Do what you normally do for a Seder. This means your family traditions.  For example, if your family puts on a play to act out the Haggadah, then do your play. If you and your family prefer a shorter service, you and your family should carry on with the shorter service. We want our friends to participate and have fun!

Sign up under Participate and receive the the 2 for Seder Kit. It will help you gently weave in appropriate discussions  (especially through our new Discussion Cards) about finding commonalities and building bridges in your neighborhood that last a lifetime. 

Can I serve the same food I normally serve during my Seder?

Yes, the idea is for your two guests to experience your Jewish Seder. If you traditionally serve a specific dish (e.g. chicken, brisket, lamb), serve that dish. 

As you would for any gathering, ask your guests if they have allergies and/or dietary restrictions and tailor your menu if required.

I'm not planning on host a Seder at my house. How can I participate in 2 for Seder?

Invite 2 folks of a different faith to join you at your local Community Seder.  Many JCCs and synagogues host some kind of Community Seder.

If you are doing this -please sign up under Participate and let us know where the Community Seder takes place.

I've never led a Seder before, but I really want to participate! How do I hold a Seder?

This is tricky – we don’t want to get in trouble with any Jewish parents!

  1. Reach out to a close relative and discuss your family’s traditions. You may like them, they may have driven you crazy for years, but it’s the right place to start. You are a critical link in a long chain for your family!
  2. Look up Seder traditions on the web/Youtube. This gets a little overwhelming since there are about the same amount of sources for Seder as for Thanksgiving.
  3. Visit our partner “One Table” who has recommendations for your first Seder.
  4. Email us at info@2forseder.org – we are happy to help!

For Guests – Passover

What's a Seder?

Passover is the Jewish holiday celebrating the ancient Jewish exodus from Egypt, a trip where we start out as slaves and end as the Jewish Nation. It is an eight-day holiday.

Seder is a family ritual and meal celebrated on the first two nights of Passover. At the Seder, Jewish families and friends join together to symbolically take the journey from slavery to freedom.

Want to learn more? https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/passover-pesach-101/

I'm not Jewish, but I would like to attend a Seder. Where do I find one?

Welcome!

Our team recommends two approaches:

  1. Approach one of your Jewish friends and show them this website. Let them know that you are interested in attending a Seder and see what they say! They may invite you to theirs or may want to join you at a Community Seder (see #2).
  2. Contact your local Jewish Community Center (JCC). Many JCCs are 2 for Seder partners. JCCs have Community Seders where all are welcome. These are wonderful programs and you will meet lots of new friends from across your community.

I've been asked to join a Seder! What do I bring?

Congratulations! Please take pictures and tell us your #sederstory about your experience.

One thing many Jews do to prepare for Passover is a special kind of spring cleaning. All bread of any kind is removed from the house and can’t enter the house until Passover is complete (a week after the Seder).

So with this in mind, take a pass on the food gifts unless they specifically say “Kosher for Passover” on the box.

Each home Seder is unique. We recommend asking your host or hostess.

Want even MORE FAQs? See our Q&A Interview with the Jewish Community Center of New Orleans.