Passover 2023 Seder Essentials Buying Guide
This year, Passover begins at sundown on April 5. Jews all over the world will gather that evening to mark the beginning of Passover by having a Seder, the traditional and interactive retelling of the Exodus story that is followed by a festive meal.
During the Seder, we ask, "Why is this night different from all the other nights?" While there are plenty of possible responses to that question, one important answer is that we get to adorn our table with beautiful Judaica made specially for Passover, like Seder plates, matzah covers and trays, afikoman bags, and Elijah's cup. And of course, the only thing that can make Passover Judaica even more special is if it's made in Israel - after all, the Passover story recounts the Jewish people's flight from Egypt and journey to the Land of Israel!
Our store has a wide selection of Passover Judaica and gifts from some of Israel's top artists, with everything you need the Passover Seder no matter your taste or budget.
If it all sounds overwhelming, no worries, we've gathered all the categories of items you'll need for the perfect Seder, along with some of our top favorites!
Seder plates, the centerpieces of every Passover table, display the six symbolic foods that tell the story of Passover: a shank bone, a hard-boiled egg, a vegetable that will be dipped into saltwater, two types of bitter herbs, and charoset fruit and nut paste. Our wide selection of Seder plates means there is something for everyone - for instance, Jordana Klein's one-of-a-kind plate representing the Creation of the World and Dorit Judaica's metal floral Seder plate are both excellent opportunities to bring a piece of Israeli modern art to your table. If you prefer something more luxurious, this chic and elegant modern Seder plate will wow everyone at your Passover table. And if your aesthetic is more traditional, this decorative nickel Seder plate is the way to go.
Like challah at Shabbat dinner, the three matzahs used during the Seder need to be covered. While a piece of cloth sounds pretty plain, many Israeli artists transform the matzah cover into a gorgeous and detailed piece of art that can become a treasured part of any family's collection. Famous Jerusalem-based artists Barbara Shaw and Yair Emanuel both offer a variety of creative embroidered matzah covers, often as a set with a matching afikoman bag. Whatever your style, you're sure to find the right cover to adorn your matzah and beautify your Passover table!
Toward the beginning of the Seder, one of the three matzahs is split in half, with one piece becoming the afikoman, or dessert. This piece is tucked into a bag and hidden somewhere, traditionally for children to hunt for later in the night. Afikoman bags often come as a set with a matzah cover, and range in designs from elegant and traditional like this Jerusalem-themed Yair Emanuel set, to sleek and modern like this pomegranate motif from Dorit Judaica, to even something more quirky like Barbara Shaw's creative styles.
The Haggadah is one of the most important items at the Seder, as it guides us through the many rituals and helps us retell the Exodus story. History lovers will enjoy this Floersheim Haggadah reproduction from 16th century Germany, while this Haggadah that tells the story of Ethiopian immigration to Israel is perfect for those seeking to connect Passover with more recent journeys to freedom. For those who are more engaged visually, the gorgeously illustrated Liberty Haggadah is sure to be a hit. If you or your guests don't read Hebrew, do not despair: the Hebrew-English Phonetic Haggadah offers English transliteration for every part of the Seder.
Stocking up on wine is a crucial part of Passover prep, as each person drinks four cups throughout the night. What better way is there to celebrate our ancestors' journey out of Egypt and eventual return to the Land of Israel than serving Israeli wine at your Seder? While all wine produced in Israel is Kosher for Passover, Israeli wine is certainly not a monolith. Choose from a variety of dry white wines, or opt for bottles of red, like this Cabernet Sauvignon from famous Israeli winery Yarden.
Putting your matzah on a stylish matzah plate rather than the plain bag it came in will keep crumbs to a minimum and allow guests to take with ease. Bring a piece of Jerusalem to your holiday with this embroidered silk matzah holder by Yair Emanuel, or make your table bloom with this vibrantly colored pomegranate-themed tray, this elegant metal tray from Dorit Judaica, or this handmade Armenian ceramic matzah plate featuring radiant floral motifs. For a matzah holder that is more modern and minimalist, check out Laura Cowan's stunning stainless steel matzah plate, sure to add refined elegance to your Passover table.
❤︎ We love this artistic glass matzah plate from Jordana Klein inspired by the splitting of the Red Sea, and this adorable matzah basket from Barbara Shaw, with an array of Passover-themed prints in your choice of color.
During the Seder, we drink four cups of wine, but we actually pour five. We pour the fifth in honor of the prophet Elijah, in a separate special cup, and we do not drink form it. A beautifully decorated Elijah's cup is an essential part of the Seder and adds beauty to the holiday. From elegant gold-plated cups, to those made out of colorful Armenian ceramics or stunningly luxurious sterling silver, there are plenty of options to choose from, but choose wisely: a prophet deserves only the best!
Like all Jewish feasts, the Passover Seder begins with Kiddush, the blessing over wine, so you'll need an elegant Kiddush cup! This traditional Yemenite kiddush cup with its fabulous filigree design is perfect for those looking for something with a classic, vintage look. If modern is more your thing, this handmade ceramic and sterling silver kiddush cup combines the traditional and the new with its ancient Hebrew "Jerusalem" inscription and magnificent multicolored swirling design.
The Passover Seder includes ritual handwashing, known as netilat yadayim, so make sure you have a handwashing cup and towels handy for all your Seder guests! Israeli artists make this tradition come alive through beautifully decorated netilat yadayim cups like this colorful pomegranate-themed cup or this vibrant Jerusalem washing cup, both from Yair Emanuel. You can also get a matching cup and towel set like this elegant combo from Dorit Judaica, or even Passover-themed towels like this festive one decorated with the famous Passover line "Ma Nishtana."
Make sure to check out our other Passover guides so you'll be fully ready for the holiday!