ABOUT

We know how hard it can be to get back home to family for Passover, much less think about hosting your own seder. How do you make bubbe’s chicken soup again? Is it really possible to fit that many people around your table? And where do you even buy a whole horseradish root? But still, there is something really lovely about bringing framily (friends that have become like family) all together to celebrate this annual ritual, to create new traditions and pay homage to those of your family of origin.

This is where #friendseder™ comes in. Think Friendsgiving, but with more unleavened bread and a guidebook to see you through the whole evening. #friendseder™ aims to put you in the Passover spirit without all of the potential stress of Uncle Lenny’s line of questioning about your career choices. #friendseder™ need not take place on the traditional Passover nights -- anytime in the month of April would be a great time to grab your crew and enjoy those four cups of religiously sanctioned wine, while reclining and enjoying your freedom from bondage.

#friendseder™ is many things. This website, with tons of tips on hosting, a Haggadah ready for you to print and use around your table, links to lots of other resources for making this #friendseder™ a night to remember, live (and recorded) webinars all about how to host a #friendseder™, the full support of the #friendseder™ team, and, of course, the hashtag, #friendseder™, to make sure your #friendseder™ is counted amongst the countless others that will take place around the world. #friendseder™ is all about empowering you to be inspired by Passover and feel a part of something larger than your own dinner/hosting opportunity. We want #friendseder™ hosts and participants to find new energy and ideas around Passover and be excited about this holiday and the meshing of old and new traditions.

This was made possible through the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation's Grassroots Events program.

Contributors

Interfaith Family

If you’re like most of us, someone - or many ones - among your family and friends come from an interfaith family or are in an interfaith relationship.

OneTable

OneTable empowers people who don’t yet have a consistent Shabbat dinner practice to build one that feels authentic, sustainable, and valuable.

Reboot

 Inspired by Jewish ritual and embracing the arts, humor, food, philosophy, and social justice, reboot affirms the value of Jewish traditions and creates new ways for people to make them their own.

Hazon

We work to create a healthier and more sustainable Jewish community, and a healthier and more sustainable world for all. We are turning Jewish life outwards to make a difference in the world and, in that process, we are strengthening Jewish life.

Keshet

A national organization that works for full LGBTQ equality and inclusion in Jewish life. Led and supported by LGBTQ Jews and straight allies, Keshet cultivates the spirit and practice of inclusion in all parts of the Jewish community.

…and a whole bunch more!

 
 

HISTORY

Founded in 2015, The Well is a nationally recognized (Slingshot '17, '18) inclusive Jewish community-building, education and spirituality outreach initiative, catering to the needs of young adults and young families. Based in Metro Detroit, America's rustbelt R&D playground, The Well's innovative programming, grassroots model and intentionality regarding accessibility and inclusion, have resulted in the organization being referred to as "the hipster cousin to the JCC in your town." Headed by Rabbi Dan Horwitz (designated by The Forward as one of America's Most Inspiring Rabbis), The Well created the #Reflect4Rosh hashtag of introspection and gratitude leading up to the High Holidays that engaged over 91,000 individuals around the world in 2016, designed a Passover-themed Escape Room now being used across the country, explored a new model for contemporary text study now being piloted in numerous cities, and is now excited to be the driving force behind the scenes helping to take the concept of #friendseder™ viral! 

 

Press

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