Oregon Board of Rabbis Statement on Passover and Social Distancing

“Saving a life supercedes all else.”
– Babylonian Talmud Yoma 84b

Gathering for the Passover holiday is one of the most important moments in the Jewish calendar. It is the time when we celebrate our freedoms and renew our resolve to share freedom with the entire world. We do this with the symbols of the Seder and the shared conversations of liberation and hope.
Given the uncertain circumstances in which we find ourselves, we are concerned for your safety and health as well as the viability of our entire medical system. The Oregon Board of Rabbis affirms the State of Oregon and the Center for Disease Control guidelines of limiting gatherings to immediate family that lives in the same household.
Seders for this upcoming Passover should not include guests. Each household should have their own Seder with only those who live in their house attending that Seder. For seniors and for those of any age living alone, while understandably painful to have a Seder without others, following the health guidelines of stringent social distancing is necessary for your safety. 
For those who are halakhically minded, we encourage you to seek guidance from your rabbi about using technology to join a Seder.
See a list of livestream Seders that one can join below with updates posted at jewishportland.org/passover.
In this painful time, we are allowed to place limitations on this year’s Seder observance in order to save lives and ensure that we can celebrate Seders next year with the people that we love in health and joy.
L’shanah Haba’ah: For the sake of our health and safety, we pray that next Passover we may have larger, in-person Seders, with all of our loved ones and with abundant guests.
Adopted by the Oregon Board of Rabbis


For added details on these and additional seders, visit: jewishportland.org/Passover

Gesher Virtual Passover Seder on Wednesday, April 8 at 5:30 pm. More information at www.ourjewishhome.org. RSVP to gesher@comcast.net

Second Night Community Passover Seder 5780: Thursday, April 9,  6-9 pm. Join Rabbi Eve Posen of Congregation Neveh Shalom for a ZOOM Second Night Seder.  Link to Haggadah after registration.
Register: tinyurl.com/CNSPassover5780
Second Night Seder with Congregation Beth Israel. April 9. RSVP info to come.
P’nai Or: Community Seder on Zoom: April 9, 6-8 pm. RSVP will be required. Suggested donation of $18 per adult for nonmembers; no one turned away for lack of ability to pay.
Beit Haverim Second Night Seder.
6 pm, April 9. Digital Haggadah available.



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