Passover Seders, then and now

My friend Jamie Beckett posted a cool photo of a seder during World War I on her Facebook page. So that got me thinking… and doing a quick bit of Google image searching.

Happy Passover! Enjoy these photos and remember, as you gnaw on your 47th matzah of the week, that you are part of a long history. 

14th Century Seder, from the Sarajevo Haggadah (produced in Barcelona, around 1350)

Folk art of Ukrainian seder, 1800s

Popkin Family Seder in Duluth, Minn., 1910 / Photo from the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest

Passover seder, U.S. servicemen, World War I / Courtesy of the National Archives

1925 Seder in Manila, Philippines / Courtesy of Center for Jewish History

Yemenite seder in Jerusalem, 1939 / Courtesy of Jerusalem Post

Seder at a Hashomer Hatzair kibbutz in the 1950s / Courtesy of H.H. Yad Yaari Archives

White House Seder, 2009 / Photo by Pete Souza

Our seder table, 2012 / Photo by Ilana DeBare



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3 Responses to “Passover Seders, then and now”

  1. Susan Says:

    Very moving, Ilana. Thanks!

  2. Barbara Kluger Says:

    wonderful images. I love the hookah in next to the table in the yemenite seder!

  3. Linda K. Wertheimer (@Lindakwert) Says:

    Beautiful. Passover has become one of the most special holidays to me for many reasons. These photos say more than I could ever put into words. They show the rich, varied history of Pesach. Got to laugh, too, as I think how my seder table from first night would look on that gallery.. plastic frogs, Sammy the Spider Haggadahs, plastic baby Moses in a basket that my son decorated in preschool Judaism class…
    Happy Passover. Hope your holiday was meaningful and fun.

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