Jewish Community Center of Washington, DC

Second Night Community Seder 2019

Saturday, April 20, 2019
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School - North Campus

Seder Plate

At the Seder, we find joy in intergenerational community, storytelling and song. This year, please join our wonderful community-wide Seder, the open, welcoming, pluralistic celebration of freedom you’ve come to expect from the EDCJCC. 

Join us to meet new friends, partake in joyous singing accompanied by a guitar, and fascinating discussions. The Seder will also feature a delicious (and kosher) traditional Passover meal. Whether you know all the customs and stories of Passover, or you are just learning what questions to ask, there is a place for you at our seder table.

We’ve set the Seder to start earlier to make it easier for families with young children to join us, and as always, we welcome interfaith, LGBTQ, and other traditionally marginalized voices to our Seder table. This year our seder will be led by Sonya Weisburd, Director of Social Justice and Volunteer Programs at the EDCJCC; and Ari Jacobson, songleader, actor, and singer/songwriter.

Whether this is your first Seder or your 100th, there's a place at our Passover table for you!

Seder Leaders:

Sonya Weisburd, MSW
Director, Social Justice and Volunteer Programs
Sonya joined the EDCJCC’s Morris Cafritz Center for Community Service in 2015 from the American Jewish Committee (AJC), where she was the Assistant Director for International Jewish Affairs working on anti-Semitism and other Jewish advocacy issues world-wide. Prior to AJC, Sonya ran mental health advocacy campaigns on college campuses across the country with Active Minds, Inc. She completed her master’s in social work with concentrations in Children and Families and Management and Community Organizing at the University of Maryland and her undergraduate studies in Political Science, Jewish Studies, and International Studies at Indiana University, graduating cum laude. Sonya has been a Hebrew school teacher, experiential Jewish educator, volunteer manager, and held a variety of other Jewish communal posts in the Washington, DC Jewish community that she calls home. She is thrilled to create a Jewish social justice hub at the EDCJCC, as well as offer the community meaningful and innovative ways to give back through volunteering and direct service.

Ari Jacobson

Song leader Ari Jacobson has been involved in music, Judaism, education, and various overlaps of the three for as long as he can remember. While studying music and theatre at UMass Amherst, he honed his song leading skills at URJ’s Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, MA. Since moving to the DMV three years ago, Ari has been happily providing music for the EDCJCC’s programs for all ages, from baby classes with the parenting center to pre-school music to various community events like this one. Also an actor and a singer/songwriter, Ari's original music and more can be found on his

Seder FAQ

Do I have to be Jewish to attend? (Observant? Old? Young? Ashkenazi? Sephardic? etc.)
Nope. We welcome everyone who would like to join our community-wide Seder and celebrate Passover's lessons of freedom! In fact, every year, we have a beautiful mix of people. Some are Jewish, some are not. All are welcome, and (if they choose) can easily participate in a variety of ways - singing, reading, discussing ideas, or just generally being among the community.

What if I don't read Hebrew?
Not a problem. Most of the Seder is in English, and most readings in Hebrew also appear in English transliteration.

What about dinner? Is it kosher?
There is a delicious catered dinner at the community wide Seder. As with all Edlavitch DCJCC events, the food we serve is kosher, as well as this meal being kosher-for-Passover. It is a meat meal. And of course, dessert! Please let us know about any allergies in your registration.

We're happy to provide ASL or other interpretation upon advance notice. The Edlavitch DCJCC building is wheelchair/mobility device accessible. If you need other accommodations to allow you to fully participate in the Seder (or simply have questions), please let us know in advance and we'll be happy to help.

Is there a dress code? What should I wear?
There is no official dress code. Most people dress as they would for a family Seder or holiday - dressed nicely, a little dressed up, but not overly formally. (For many people that could mean a button-down or sweater, a skirt/dress, a jacket, slacks, etc. Most people do not wear jeans.) Please wear what feels appropriate to you to celebrate the holiday.

Is it appropriate to bring kids?
Yes! The Seder is not specifically a "kids" Seder, but our atmosphere is fun and festive! We welcome all who would like to participate.

Was your question not answered? Email Darya or call 202-777-3259 so we can help!

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