How to celebrate Passover and Easter during the pandemic

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Jewish youth group NuRoots is holding a Passover House Party from 9 to 11 p.m. on April 1 in “a modern celebration of renewal, tradition and connection.”

You may not have been able to peacefully celebrate Passover or Easter last year when the COVID-19 pandemic initially took its toll on the world, but there are some ways to make up for that now.

Here’s a rundown of online events you can tune into to recognize Passover and Easter this year:

Passover

April 3 | Shabbat, Yizkor and Passover festival service by Washington Hebrew Congregation

Join Washington Hebrew Congregation to remember people who have passed on during this Passover festival. The virtual service runs from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., and you can download a prayer book here.

March 29 through April 2 | Uyghur Week of Action

Throughout this week, join the Jewish World Watch to celebrate Passover while raising awareness for the Uyghur people, a Turkish, Muslim ethnic minority group, who have been attacked in China since 2017.

Daily through April 2 | The Passover Daily by Temple Rodef Shalom
Temple Rodef Shalom is hosting daily virtual educational sessions for those who want to refresh or learn more about Passover. The sessions are daily from noon to 12:30 p.m. Guests are encouraged to log on by 11:45 a.m.

April 1 | Passover House Party

Hosted by the Jewish youth group NuRoots, this Passover House Party is “a modern celebration of renewal, tradition and connection” and will run from 9 to 11 p.m. 

Easter

April 1, 2 & 4 | National Cathedral services

The National Cathedral is offering Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday services virtually this year beginning at 7 p.m., noon and 11:15 a.m., respectively. And if you’re in D.C., you can partake in a curbside communion from 1 to 3 p.m. on Easter Sunday. You can register here.

April 4 | The District Church Easter Sunday services

This non-denominational church is offering two in-person services at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. on the National Mall in David’s Tent at 800 Madison Drive NW near the Smithsonian National Gallery of Art as well as a virtual service at 10 a.m.

Anytime | Virtual Easter Egg Hunt

This website called “Easter fun” lets kids search through pictures of two actual yards scattered with Easter eggs as a quick and low-maintenance alternative to hiding plastic eggs in your own apartment or home. The website also offers Easter-themed games and printable activities for kids.

April 5 | Fun with FLOTUS LIVE: Virtual White House Easter

The day after Easter is the customary day for the White House to host its annual Easter Egg Roll. This year, the event is virtual and hosted by a new administration. The event runs from 6 to 7 p.m. and is focused on telling the history of Easter at the White House.

Daily through April 6 | VIRTUAL CINEMA: “Easter in Art”

If you’re an art history buff, you can pay $12 to stream this exclusive 2021 documentary directed by Phil Grabsy that walks you through the story of Jesus Christ, with an analysis of Da Vinci’s, Rembrandt’s, Caravaggio’s, Michelangelo’s, Rubens’s, Titian’s and Dali’s artwork.

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