Full of food, storytelling, singing, and art, Passover just so happens to be one of the most kid-friendly Jewish holidays. Starting at sundown on April 14 through April 22, the festivities celebrate Moses and the exodus of Jews from slavery in Egypt (a story that’s shared during a traditional Seder dinner). It’s a cinch to celebrate at home, but if you’d rather get out-and-about with the fam check out one of these D.C. Passover events.
Washington DC Jewish Community Center
Celebrate the Second Night Community Passover Seder with friends and family at the Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center. There will be food, fellowship, and fun for all attendees who come out for the special event. Brush off your singing pipes; the center’s Cantor will be playing the guitar and leading a slew of festival of freedom-themed songs. Reservations are required.
When: April 15, 6:30 pm-9 pm
Cost: $60/adults; $25/kids under 12
1529 16th St., NW (Logan Circle)
Congregation Har-Tzeon Agudath Achim
Let someone else do all of the work this Seder so you can enjoy it with your friends and family. Head to HTAA’s Second Seder event to enjoy a special Seder meal surrounded by family and friends (plus, delish maror, lamb, matzah, and charoset). Tickets are required, and you can purchase individually or per table so you and your loved ones can celebrate together.
When: April 15; 6:30 pm
Cost: $36/adults; $26/kids 6-12; free/kids under 6
1840 University Blvd. West (Silver Spring, Md)
DGS, a Jewish kitchen that mixes the tastes of an old world Jewish kitchen with the look and feel of a D.C. mom and pop shop, perfectly mixes old with new to entice today’s matzo ball loving crowd. Take the fam out for a Passover Eve meal featuring traditional faves—spit roasted lamb and potato latkes—all sewn up with honey glazed donuts for dessert. Enjoy Seder there as well. Reservations encouraged.
When: April 14-April 22
Cost: $35/Passover Eve Dinner; $45/Seder
1317 Connecticut Ave., NW (Dupont Circle)
Temple Beth Ami
Passover is about more than food! Teach your preschooler the many joys of the holiday by joining Temple Beth Ami in Rockville for a Family Pesach Celebration and Matzah Brie Nosh event. The free sing-a-long event is built for families with tiny tots, and will be followed by refreshments. RSVP is requested.
When: April 15, 10:30 am
14330 Travilah Rd. (Rockville, Md)
All Fired Up-Paint for Passover Event
Dress up your Seder table this year with decorative plates—that you make yourselves. Gather your family and friends together for a pre-Passover evening of art and fun at this pottery studio. Choose from a variety of Judaica items, including Seder plates and Kiddush cups, that you can purchase and paint on the spot. Bring dinner with you and enjoy some of the snacks that will be available too. The event is free to attend, but you must purchase your pieces to paint from the studio.
When: April 2, 6 pm-7:30 p.m.
4923 Elm St. (Bethesda, Md)
How do you celebrate Passover with your family in D.C.? Tell us in the comments section below.
Photos courtesy of Keshet via Flickr, All Fired Up via Facebook, DGS Delicatessen via Facebook