Celebrating Easter and Passover this year is going to be different for sure. But you can still do it, with an assist from tech and local businesses and organizations. We’ve rounded up online services, as well as restaurants delivering Passover seders, Easter dinners, and goodies like candy for Easter baskets. Read on for our NYC holiday helpers!


photo: 92Y

Creative Family Seder

On April 8, 92Y will host a kid-friendly Passover celebration at 10:30 a.m. with puppets, singing, dancing and  more!

Click here for more info! 

photo: Marlene Meyerson JCC

Family Seder Marlene Meyerson JCC

Tune in via Zoom for a family-friendly virtual seder with the Marlene Meyerson JCC. This seder that will highlight all the main parts of the haggadah through story and song with an online haggadah. If possible, each family should come with a kiddush cup of grape juice and a seder plate to use during the seder. Led by Rabbi Lori Forman-Jacobi, director of Jewish Journeys, and Megan Sass, Havurah song leader and JJP faculty member. Details sent upon registration. Free, with donation appreciated. 

April 8, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Online: jccmanhattan.org

photo: PJ Library

Museum at Eldridge Street

The Museum at Eldridge Street has a library of online resources for celebrating Passover and learning about Jewish culture and traditions. 

Click here to check out the Alligator Seder storytime and an Elijah’s Cup craft demo, with educator Rachel Serkin, as well as other materials. 

The Jewish Museum Art

The Jewish Museum offers audio tours of select works relating to Passover found in the Museum's collection. Families can explore Amy Klein Reichert's "Miriam Cup"; Nicole Eisenman's painting "Seder"; and Ludwig Yehuda Wolpert's Passover set.

photo: Russ & Daughters

Russ & Daughters Bagels, Lox, Spreads & Bread

You can't get a seder meal from Russ & Daughters, but if you're in Manhattan,  you can get spectacular bagels, appetizings, fish and more, as well as a Haggadah from Tablet magazine if you need one. 

Click here to order via Caviar.

The store is also holding a virtual seder via Zoom on April 9 at 7:30 p.m. The program is hosted by Andy Bachman and the Russ family, with special guests Andy Nyman, Elvis Costello & Diana Krall, friends and family, and more. Plus: musical guests Lorin Sklamberg (of The Klezmatics) and Alex Weiser (of YIVO). (Donations collected will go to furloughed Russ & Daughters employees.) 


Seder Dinner Delivered

Need the whole shabang, from matzoh to babka—with brisket, latkes and everything else in between?

Katz's Delicatessen has got you covered. You can order a la carte, or the full dinner for $33.45 per person. Need a seder plate? They got you—it's $18.00

Online: katzsdelicatessen.com

photo: Zabars

Treats & Traditions

Zabar's full soup-to-nuts-dinners are sold out online—although they have a full selection of holiday food in the store and are open for pickup). However, you can get lots of treat baskets and individual items like gefilte fish, salmon, and more online. 

2245 Broadway at 80th Street
Upper West Side
Online: zabars.com



Candy Delivery in Brownstone Brooklyn

The charming and impressively-stocked Fferins candy store in Park Slope is delivering to the surrounding area ($20 minimum) and offering curbside pickup. Its inventory includes something for everyone, big and small, from Harry Potter treats and nostalgia candy (Lemon Drops, Pop Rocks and Wax Lips) to specialty Easter candy (eggs, bunnies, etc.), UK chocolate and candy and artisanal treats for refined palates. See the full menu here.

Email FferinsofBrooklyn@gmail.com to order. 

Online: fferinsofbrooklyn.com

Easter at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Log on the the cathedral's web page to see the Bishop of New York preach on this Easter morning via a livestreamed service. 

Sunday, April 12, 11 a.m. - Noon

Online: stjohndivine.org

photo: Carol L. via Yelp

The Smith for Brunch or Dinner

The Smith, god bless it, is open and making food for pickup and delivery. With four locations in Manhattan (NoMad, Lincoln Square, Midtown and the East Village) if you're on the island, there's a good chance there's one near you! (They are also doing dinners for two and cocktail and beer delivery, FYI.) 

Online: thesmithrestaurant.com

Ferrara Easter Pastry Assortment

Is it not Easter without some traditional Italian pastries? You can get an assortment from Little Italy's Ferrara via Goldbelly in time for Easter. 

Online: goldbelly.com

photo: Rock and Roll Playhouse

Rock and Roll Playhouse & Rockefeller Center

Celebrate Easter with a dance party! 

Every Sunday, Rock and Roll Playhouse jams out online. Tune in and do you best bunny hop! It's part of Rockefeller Center's Spring Sunday programming! 

Sunday, April 12, 11 a.m.

Click here for more info!

photo: Brittany Jepson

Easter Fun at Home

Don't miss our complete guide to at-home Easter fun! 

feature photo: Russ & Daughters via Facebook 

—Mimi O’Connor


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