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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.)
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.
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.
Easter Fun at Home
Don't miss our complete guide to at-home Easter fun!
feature photo: Russ & Daughters via Facebook