Passover Seders in the Deep South

Many congregations in the region are hosting community Seders. Contact the congregation office for reservations. In most cases, accommodat...

Many congregations in the region are hosting community Seders. Contact the congregation office for reservations. In most cases, accommodations can be made for those with financial difficulties. For congregations that have Seder on only one of the two nights, people in search of a Seder can often be paired with congregants who have extra space at their tables.


Beth Shalom in Auburn and the Auburn Hillel will have a community Seder on April 22 at 6 p.m.

Knesseth Israel in Birmingham will hold a community Seder on April 23 at 8 p.m. It is open to the community, and reservations are $18.

For Shabbat HaGadol on April 16, Knesseth Israel will have a chocolate Seder at 1:15 p.m., “for children up to 120 years old.” The event will discuss “our liberation from chocolateless Egypt, the journey to Sinai where we received the recipe for chocolate, and the land flowing with chocolate milk.”

Birmingham’s Temple Emanu-El will hold a first night Seder for congregants and guests of all faiths, April 22 at 6 p.m. Reservations are $25, $10 for ages 6 and under. Bring a bottle of wine or grape juice. Reservations are due by April 18.

The Temple Beth-El Milleni-Els in Birmingham are hosting a second Seder on April 23 at the home of Emily and Rabbi Joseph Robinson. The Seder will be at 8 p.m. and reservations are $10.

The Bais Ariel Chabad Center in Birmingham will have a community Seder on April 22 at 7:30 p.m., with dinner served by 8:45 p.m. Reservations are $36 for adults, $18 for children. They also have a Passover catering menu with an April 13 deadline, and Shmura matzah available for $18 per pound.

Temple Emanu-El, Dothan, will have a Seder on April 22 at 6 p.m. Reservations are due by April 15 and are $28 for adults and $14 for children.

Etz Chayim in Huntsville will have a community Seder on April 22, catered by Holy Cow. The cost is $36 for adults, $18 for teens ages 13 to 18, $10 for ages 7 to 12, and free for ages 6 and under.

Temple B’nai Sholom in Huntsville will have Seder at Cooper House on April 23, starting with a Dance out of Egypt at 5 p.m. Reservations are $40 and children 12 and under are $15 with a paying adult. Reservations are due by noon on April 21.

Ahavas Chesed in Mobile will have a Seder on April 22 at 6:30 p.m., following a brief 6 p.m. service. Reservations are $35 for adult members, $40 for non-members. Ages 10-13 are $10, under $10 free. Reservations are due by April 18.

Springhill Avenue Temple in Mobile will have a Seder on April 22 at 6 p.m. Reservations are due on April 13, and are $35 for members, $40 for guests and $20 for ages 13 and under.

Agudath Israel-Etz Ahayem in Montgomery will have a second Seder on April 23 at 7 p.m. Reservations are required by April 14 and are $25 for adults, $15 for ages 6 to 13. Children 5 and under are free.

Temple Beth Or will have its Seder on April 22 at 6 p.m. Reservations are $25 for adults, $10 for ages 6 to 12, children 5 and under are free. Deadline is April 13. A brief Shabbat service will be held at 5:15 p.m.

Temple Emanu-El in Tuscaloosa and the University of Alabama Hillel will have a community Seder on April 22 at 6 p.m.

Chabad at the University of Alabama will have a Seder on April 22 at 8 p.m.

Chabad of the Emerald Coast in Destin will have its Seder on April 22 at 7:30 p.m. Reservations are $36 for adults, $20 per child, and are due by April 8.

Beth Shalom in Fort Walton Beach will have its Seder on April 23 at the Eglin Air Force Base Bayview Club. Reservations are $38 for adult members, $12.50 ages 3 to 10, with a family maximum of $90, or single-parent maximum of $55. Non-members are $48 for adults, $16 for ages 3 to 10. No reservations will be accepted after April 13. To enter the base, those without military ID must provide name, date of birth, Social Security number and those over 16 must provide a photo ID. The Social Security numbers will be shredded after the event.

B’nai Israel in Panama City will have its annual Seder with Rabbi Matt Dreffin of the Institute of Southern Jewish Life, April 24 at 6 p.m. Reservations are $30 for member adults and $10 for children, $40 for non-member adults and $15 for children, and are due by April 21.

B’nai Israel in Pensacola will have its community Seder on April 22 at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are $25 for adults, $15 for ages 12 and under.

Temple Beth-El in Pensacola will have its Seder on April 22 at 6 p.m., catered by Porta Bello Market. Reservations are due by April 13, and are $30 for adult members ($35 for non-members, space permitting), $20 for teens, college and military, $18 for ages 5 to 12.

Beth Shalom in Baton Rouge will have a community Seder on April 23 at 7 p.m.

B’nai Israel in Baton Rouge will have a second night Seder on April 23 at 6 p.m. Reservations are $35 for member adults and their guests, $45 for non-member adults and $15 for children under 16. Reservations are due by April 12.

Temple Shalom in Lafayette will have Passover Across America, April 23 at 6 p.m. at City Club at River Ranch.

Temple Sinai in Lake Charles will have a Seder with Rabbi Barry Weinstein on April 22 at 6 p.m. at Reeves Uptown Catering.

The Northshore Jewish Congregation in Mandeville will have a second night Seder on April 23 at 7 p.m. Reservations are $18 for adults and $9 for ages 12 and under.

B’nai Israel in Monroe will have a community Seder on April 28 at 6 p.m., with Rabbi Matt Dreffin of the Institute of Southern Jewish Life. Registration by April 8 is $35 for members, $45 for non-members. Students age 13 and above are $18, ages 6 to 12 are $15 and ages 5 and under are free. Registration rises by $5 after April 8.

Beth Israel in Metairie will have a community Seder on April 23 after the 7:20 p.m. service. Reservations are $36 for adult members, $54 non-members. Ages 6 to 13 are $20 for members, $36 for non-members.

Shir Chadash in Metairie will have a community Seder on April 22 at 7 p.m. Members of Beth Israel in Gulfport are also taking part. Cost is $36 for members, $45 for non-members and $18 for ages 12 and under. There will be a separate child-friendly Seder at 5:30 p.m. Seating is limited and reservations are requested by April 11.

Gates of Prayer in Metairie will have a second night Seder on April 23 at 6 p.m., catered by Melanie Blitz. Reservations are due by April 15, and are $25 for adults ($30 after April 15), $10 for ages 4 to 12. Children under 4 are free.

Anshe Sfard will have a home-cooked community Seder on April 22. Reservations are $25 for members and those under 30, $30 for non-members age 30 and above, and $13 for ages 12 and below. Rabbi Polsky will be hosting guests for Second Seder on April 23.

Temple Sinai in New Orleans will have a Seder on the second night, April 23 at 6 p.m. Reservations are due by April 18. Member cost is $30 adults and $10 for ages 12 and under; non-member cost is $35 and $12 respectively. College students can reserve for $5.

Touro Synagogue in New Orleans will have a first night congregational Seder on April 22 with an abbreviated Shabbat service at 6 p.m. and the Seder at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are requested by April 15 and are $30 for members, $13 for ages 2 to 12 and $40 for non-members. Vegetarian meals are available upon request.

The Krewe du Jieux will have its 20th annual KreweSeder Passover potluck dinner on April 23 at the home of "Shabbos Queen" Simone Levine and her consort, "King of the Jieuxs" Will Harrell.

Agudath Achim in Shreveport will have a Seder on April 23 at 6 p.m. Reservations are $18 for adults, $10 for children ages 4 to 12 and a family maximum of $50. Non-member rates are $25 and $15, respectively, with a $70 maximum.

B’nai Zion in Shreveport will have a community Seder on April 22 at 6:30 p.m. Early bird pricing was due by April 1, with a reservations deadline of April 8. Cost is $45 for members, $18 for ages 5 to 12 and $20 for students 13 and above. Non-member adults are $50 and non-member students and ages 5 and up are $20. After April 8 reservations are space-available, and are $50 for member and non-member adults, $20 for ages 5 to 12 and $25 for students 13 and above or non-member students ages 5 and up.

Hebrew Union Congregation in Greenville will hold its Seder on April 22 at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are $30; ages 7 and under are free. Reservations are due by April 18.

Beth Israel in Jackson will have a congregational second Seder on April 23 at 6 p.m., with seating capped at 100. Reservations are due by April 10 and are $25 for adults, $10 for children ages 6 and up.

A community Seder in Oxford, Miss., is tentatively scheduled for April 30 at 6 p.m., at a place to be determined.


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