Community Seder Options for 2023

Every year I spend hours compiling the Bay Area community Seder options. This year I’m thrilled to say that the J-weekly has assembled a good start to that! See their list here. They are continuing to update their list so if YOUR synagogue is offering a Community Seder contact them!

I am supplementing with the additional Seders folks have told me about. I’ll add more as I learn of them. Feel free to tell me about YOURS by emailing me at 

1st Night Community Seder
led by Rabbi Chai Levy
Join Rabbi Levy for an engaging Seder for all ages and catered by Eli Gilad.

Date:   Wednesday, April 5
Time:   6pm
Place:   Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Ave., Berkeley
Cost:    Non-Members: $110.00; Kids 12 and under: $40
Click here to register by Friday, March 31, 5pm


Annual 2nd Night Community Seder
Enjoy a festive Seder and a delicious meal without having to cook, clean up or remember where you hid the afikomen. Rabbi Sarah Weissman will lead this year’s Beth Am Community Seder, which is family-friendly and includes singing and lively discussion.

Passover, the Festival of Freedom, celebrates the Israelites’ deliverance from Egypt’s bondage. Each year at this time, Jews all over the world gather with family, friends, and even strangers to retell the story of our people’s liberation and rejoice in the freedom we enjoy today.

Catered by Joshua Charles Catering, our seder will feature a traditional family-style Seder plate at each table and a delicious buffet dinner.

Date:   Thursday, April 6
Time:   6 – 8pm
Place:   Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Rd., Los Altos Hills
Please sign up by Friday, March 31 here.
Pricing: $72/adult; $54/child (age 12 and under).


Second Night Community Seder
Temple Emanu-El’s Rabbi Magat and Cantor Shafritz will lead our Seder, where we will retell the story of the exodus from Egypt, sing songs, and enjoy a wonderful meal with friends new and old. Members and non-members of all ages are welcome to attend and join in this special evening. Our delicious Seder dinner will be catered by Lucy Fried of Deliciously Yours Catering.
If you have not joined before, we highly recommend experiencing this wonderful community Seder. Please register today so you don’t miss this tradition.

Menu Includes:
– Matzah Ball soup
– Gefilte Fish
– Roasted lemon chicken with capers
– Roasted vegetable and potato medley
– Green salad
– Fruit and Pesach Desserts

Vegan/Vegetarian options available

Date:   Thursday, April 6
Time:   6pm
Place:   Temple Emanu-El, 1010 University Ave, San Jose
Cost:    $55 adult non-member
Questions: Please contact us at
Register here by March 30.

Family Friendly Seder
Celebrate the sweetness of freedom and join in retelling of the Passover story. Share a complete seder dinner with ritual foods and ceremonial wines. Vegan option available.
Seating is limited – reserve early.

Date:   Saturday, April 8
Time:   6pm
Place:   Temple Beth Hillel, 801 Park Central, Richmond
Cost:    $55/non-member adults, $30/children 7 to 12, $15/children 3 to 6, under 3 is free
Questions and reservations: 510.223.2560

Kehilla’s In-Person Community Seder
Join us for an in-person Passover Community Seder continuing to explore the High Holy Day themes of reciprocity and mutuality. We will re-enter the Exodus story through Ashkenazi and Sephardi song, food and ritual. Co-led by Rabbi SAM Luckey, Hazzan Shulamit Wise Fairman, and Oreget Adamah (Earth Weaver) Wren Ganin-Pinto, with a special teaching by our beloved Dee Ward, Kehilla Office Administer and long time member of First African Methodist Episcopal Church.

The evening features a mesmerizing Sephardic-inspired vegan seder meal, with fish and gluten-free options, catered by chef Jesse Bloom’s Sacred Kitchen SF.

Date:   Saturday, April 8
Time:   4:45pm
Place:   Kehilla Synagogue, Social Hall, 1300 Grand Ave., Piedmont
Cost:    $88 per adult, with sliding scale options
Registration and details here