What to Bring to a Passover Seder


Passover seder plate


So you've been invited to a Passover seder. Great! Now what do you bring?

A Passover seder is a special meal that commemorates the Jewish holiday of Passover. Bringing something to a Passover seder is a thoughtful gesture.

Traditional items to bring to a Passover seder include:

  1. Matzah: Unleavened bread is a central element of Passover, symbolizing the haste with which the Israelites left Egypt. We eat a lot of it during Passover, so more is always welcome! If you want to spend a little more, you could also bring a matzah plate to display all that matzah on the table.

  2. Wine or Grape Juice: Four cups of wine (or grape juice) are traditionally consumed during the seder, representing the four promises of freedom that God made to the Israelites. Make sure to check with the host to see if the wine should be kosher! Or if you want to go all out, bring a kiddush cup for Elijah! 

  3. Seder Plate Item: Offer to bring a traditional part of the seder plate like bitter herbs, hard boiled eggs or charoset. Can't cook? Offer to bring salt water!

  4. Candles: Candles, either Passover candles used during the seder ritual or fun decorative candles, always make nice gifts.

  5. Games for the Kids: Passover games or other Passover for kids toys and items are fun and keep kids busy during a long seder.

  6. Passover Host Gifts: Offer a small token such as a tea towel, matzah blanket, pillow to recline in style, or a decorative touch for the seder table. 

Always check with the host to ensure you're not duplicating items and to accommodate any dietary restrictions or preferences. But mostly, don't worry and have fun! You were invited because the host wants you to be there to share in the joy of Passover.

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