Last week, the Chronicle asked its readers in an electronic poll the following question: “How will this year’s Passover be different than Passover the last two years?” Of the 127 people who responded, 57% said, “I will attend or host a seder with only immediate family or close friends,” and 28% said, “I will attend or host a large seder.” Just 8% said they would be attending or hosting a seder with only the people who live at home, and 7% said they don’t usually attend or host a seder. Thirty-six people submitted comments. A few follow.
No family in the area so by myself. No sense in making a seder for one.
We will be hosting a virtual seder with family outside of Pennsylvania.
People! People! I will get to really be with people!!!!
This year, not in Jerusalem but in Squirrel Hill with 25 close relatives and lots of children.
It was challenging at first to do Pesach solo, but the coronavirus taught us to look deeper into the text when we’re by ourselves. Finding the blessing amidst a pandemic.
I celebrated Passover prior to the pandemic with a small congregation. The past two years…and this year….NONE.
Seder the previous two years were via Zoom. We participated in seders with people in other locations that we could not join with otherwise. I will miss having the creative seders that we shared with our Zoom friends out of state and other locations, although it will be nice having a small seder this year with close friends and relatives.
I have taken part in Zoom seders in each of the last two years. I have not been invited to one this year so I will be home, alone. Prior to the pandemic, I was invited to seders at the homes of friends.
Unfortunately, as a senior citizen, I don’t bother preparing a seder for myself. The few relatives I have left live out of town and I am guessing that friends assume I am having or attending a seder because I have never been invited. My synagogue does have a community seder, however, on a fixed income, I cannot afford to attend. Sadly, it is lonely during holidays.
Now I can go back to worrying about the menu and the cooking, as opposed to worrying about getting on the Zoom link.
We haven’t been able to do a seder with dad, now 98 and in an assisted living facility, for the past two years. He and we are looking forward to doing so this year. PJC
— Toby Tabachnick