Seder: A Cup for Elijah
Photo by Rebecca Seigel Traditional Seder plates will be set at tables around Houston next week.
Passover Seders are unique to each family, though parts of the ceremonial meal -- including embarrassing the youngest person at the table with the singing of the four questions -- are constant. Hebrew songs and readings, the central plate of bitter herbs, and the cup reserved for Elijah are among the trappings of almost every Seder. If you find yourself without a place to celebrate the feast, Houston's synagogues are a welcome alternative. Honor the freedom of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt by reading from the Haggadah and drinking four cups of wine during Seders held on April 14 and 15.
Chabad of the Bay Area
1910 Claiborne Drive, League City, 713-398-2460
The Bay Area Community Passover Seder begins on April 14 at 8 p.m. in the home of Rabbi Yitzi and Malky Schmukler. For adults, dipping the karpas at this Seder costs $26, and the meal for children ages four to 12 costs $12. Reservations in advance are a must.
Chabad of Sugar Land
4501 Cartwright Road, Missouri City, 832-758-0685
The Sugar Land community hosts Seders on Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. with traditional songs, homemade matzoh and charoset. Discussing the familiar Passover stories at the Chabad of Sugar Land costs adults $45. The meal for children under 13 is $18. Reserve by calling the number above.
Chabad of The Woodlands
25823 Budde Road, Spring, 281-719-5213
For those who live up in The Woodlands, there are community Seders on Monday and Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. Seated around the Seder plate, guests will sip wine, dine on handmade matzoh, and enjoy traditional readings and songs. To feast with the Chabad of The Woodlands, adults must make reservations in advance and are asked to pay $45. For children under 11, the meal is $20.
Chai Learning Center of West Houston
14133 Memorial Drive #1, 281-589-7188
This community hosts both First and Second Night Seders at the Marriott Westchase from 8 p.m. Readings by Rabbi Dovid Goldstein are in English, Hebrew and Spanish. The cost is $45 for adults on April 14 and $55 on April 15.
Congregation Emanu El
1500 Sunset Boulevard, 713-529-5771
Join this Reform synagogue's Second Night Seder in its beautiful Frank Lloyd Wright-style building. In order to feast with the congregation, you must reserve your place at the table today. The April 15 Seder begins at 6 p.m., and adult members pay $30, while non-members pay $40. The meal for children is $10.
Congregation Jewish Community North
5400 Fellowship Lane, Spring, 281-376-0016
On Tuesday, April 15, at 6:30 p.m., the Jewish Community North is hosting a Seder for all. The meal, to be catered by Kenny & Ziggy's, is free for CJCN members, while non-members are asked to pay $26. Payment and RSVP must be received by April 11.
Congregation Shaar HaShalom
16020 El Camino Real, 281-488-5861
Congregation Shaar HaShalom hosts an open Second Night Seder at 6 p.m. on April 15. The Kosher dinner is served according to the Ashkenazi tradition and includes chicken with roasted vegetables, as well as all the other trappings of Seder meals. The price for adult members is $22, $25 for non-members.
Congregation Shma Koleinu
PO Box 1808, Bellaire, 713-821-7810
Celebrate the First Night Passover Seder with Congregation Shma Koleinu on April 14 at the Merfish Teen Center. The festivities begin with hors d'oeuvres from 6 p.m. The seated meal starts at 6:30 p.m. and adults are asked to pay $25. The dinner is currently at capacity, but there is a waiting list.
The Shul of Bellaire
5206 Bissonnet, Bellaire, 713-839-8887
The Shul of Bellaire hosts its community Seder at the Gatherings Banquet Center. Rabbi Yossi and Etsy Zaklikofsky host the dinner, replete with traditional customs and readings in Hebrew and English. Joining this Bellaire Seder costs $45 for adults and $20 for children. Seders take place on both April 14 and 15, with the service starting at 7:30 p.m. and the gourmet Kosher meal beginning at 8 p.m. Reserve in advance.
Temple Beth Torah
320 Shallow Drive, Humble, 281-446-5611
Join Temple Beth Torah's second night Seder on April 15 at the Kingwood Country Club. The celebration kicks off at 6 p.m. The evening's traditional menu includes favorites like gefilte fish and matzoh ball soup, as well as chicken with potatoes, vegetables, salad and desserts. Adult members are $43, while guests are $49.
13875 Brimhurst Drive, 281-496-5950
Temple Sinai hosts a Second Night Seder on April 15 at 6 p.m. The $18 meal includes brisket and vegetables, matzoh ball soup and everything else you might expect from a traditional Reform Seder.