Stream Seders from City Winery, Jewish Life Television and/or Jewish Broadcasting Service
The annual Jewish holiday of Passover, which starts Wednesday evening, features two nights of Seders – festive group meals combined with readings and songs to celebrate the Jews’ liberation from slavery in ancient Egypt. Of particular interest this year, one pivotal portion – the reciting of 10 plagues inflicted by God upon the Egyptians — doesn’t feature any contagious diseases.
Yet our current plague – COVID-19 – means that this year’s Passover Seders will largely be conducted electronically, whether through group meetings over the likes of Zoom, or via streamed video hearths.
Let’s start our survey of viewing options two days early — tonight at 6 pm ET — with a free live stream of New York’s celebrity-filled Downtown Seder, normally held for a price at City Winery.
Comedian Seth Herzog will do the 10 Plagues section, with other participants including fellow comedians Lewis Black and Sandra Bernhard, comedian and former Senator Al Franken (from his shower), singer Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul & Mary), drummer Max Weinberg (of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band), sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer, and House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler asking the “Four Questions.”
Here’s Nadler asking the questions at last year’s City Winery Seder:
Jewish Life Television
Jewish Life Television’s two-hour Passover Seder, airing on the traditional nights at 6 pm ET and 9 pm ET/PT, will include its own cast of celebrities: the channel’s own Bubbies, actors Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory), Eric Roberts and Tovah Feldshuh, singer Melissa Manchester, talk show host Leeza Gibbons and more.
Jewish Broadcasting Service
Jewish Broadcasting Service will air three Seders:
A half-hour City Winery Seder from a previous year at 7 pm ET Wednesday
An hour-long Traditional Seder at 5 pm ET and 8 pm ET/PT on Wednesday, and at 5 pm ET on Thursday. This will include music by the Jerusalem Symphony
A JBS Family Seder on Thursday at 7 pm ET, with such participants as Tovah Feldshuh, and former Senator/Vice Presidential candidate Joe Lieberman.
How to Watch
And don’t forget to wash your hands, maybe even more this year than the two times (one traditionally symbolic) prescribed in the Seder text, or Haggadah.
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