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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.   

City Winery

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.

A Passover Greeting from Mayim Bialik

A Passover Greeting from Mayim BialikJLTV is your home for Passover this year!⁣⁣Join JLTV's Passover Seder with song, celebration and family, including close friends and celebrity appearances by ⁣Mayim Bialik, The Bubbies, Mike Burstyn, Tovah Feldshuh, Leeza Gibbons, Jacob Laval, Melissa Manchester, Jason Maybaum, Brad Pomerance, Eric Roberts, Gregg Sulkin, and many more!Wednesday, April 8th – Thursday, April 16th.Wednesday, April 8th – 6pm, 9pm, 12am ESTThursday, April 9th – 6pm, 9pm, 12am ESTFriday, April 10th – Thursday, April 16th – 6pm ESTJLTV airs across the USA on DirectTV Channel 325-1, Comcast, Spectrum, and Bell across Canada, and many other providers throughout North America.⁣Check your channel listings at www.jltv.tv/channels⁣You can also watch on Facebook and YouTube:⁣https://www.facebook.com/jewishlifetv⁣https://www.youtube.com/JLNOW

Posted by JLTV on Saturday, April 4, 2020

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.

In addition to your #ZoomSeder or other #stayhome Passover plans, celebrate Pesach with JBS! Join Rabbi Marc Schneier of The Hampton Synagogue, featuring musical prayers from Cantor Netanel Hershtik and @jerusalem.symphony for the first Seder next WEDNESDAY @ 5pm ET!

Posted by JBS Jewish Broadcasting Service on Thursday, April 2, 2020

How to Watch

You can stream the Downtown Seder at citywinery.com/newyork/seder or on YouTube, Facebook or Twitch.

Jewish Life Television streams live at jltv.tv/watchjltv.php, Facebook and YouTube, in addition to availability on DirecTV and some cable systems.  

Jewish Broadcasting Service streams live at jbstv.org/watch-live, Apple TV, Fire TV and Roku, in addition to availability on DirecTV and some cable systems.

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.

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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