Our programs Learn from the experts! Our seders were written up in The New York Times and filmed by PBS. Engaging, Intelligent, Creative Programming for Adult Ed, Sisterhood, Religious School.
"Energetic and sensational"
"Takes the 'ach' out of Pesach"
"Greatly inspiring and uplifting"
"Practical ideas to enliven the seder"
"Recommended with great enthusiasm"
"Scholarly, accessible, interesting and engaging"
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Appearances Workshops hosted at over 100 venues in NY, NJ, CT, MA, PA, RI and Canada
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"Great delight!" – Theodore Bikel, star of screen and stage
"Amazing!" – Dr Ron Wolfson, Ex-President, American Jewish Univ.
"Joyous" – Rabbi Alan Silverstein, Ex-President, Int'l Rabbinic Assembly
"Enlivens the Seder" – Noam Zion, Author, A Different Night Haggadah
Reviews, Programs, WorkshopsNewsWe're scheduling our engaging Passover Prep programs for the coming season. We have the highest gratitude for accolades from folks who enjoyed our suggestions at their seders.
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Our Programs Learn from the experts! Our seders were written up in the New York Times and filmed by PBS. Our engaging, dynamic programs are well received and come highly recommended."Recommended with great enthusiasm" "Most positive feedback" "Energetic and sensational" "Practical ideas to enliven the seder" "Takes the 'ach' out of Pesach" "Infectious passion" "Recommend most highly" "Very good reviews" "Loved it - Greatly inspiring and uplifting" "Scholarly, accessible, interesting and engaging" "Learned so much and LOVED your presentation"
Our most popular program:
300 Ways to Enhance Your Seder: Make an Unforgettable Seder A lavishly illustrated presentation covering a wide variety of topics – history of the seder, the origins of its customs, and novel approaches for your seder. We focus on creative and educational aspects for seders organized on different topics and themes. Plus the fascinating and humorous account of a lifetime project involving hundreds of people around the globe; ideas for interesting seder discussions, activities and cultural elements from people around the world; how to generate both fun and scholarship at your seder. With audio of languages around the world (including every language of Jewish heritage), authentic Jewish chants from around the world and lots more. Acclaimed by all audiences. Participants receive multi-page handout of seder resources. Duration: 1+ hour. Projector (for our laptop) and screen preferred.
References for Adult programs
Children's Program: A captivating combination of topics, keyed to school children (optionally with parents). In this multimedia program, students learn about the history of the Four Questions, the chants and languages Jews use, the Egyptian language from the time of the Exodus, where Jews still use Aramaic in prayers today, dying Jewish languages and the revival of Modern Hebrew. For interactive activities, they'll "sign" the Questions with Hebrew Semaphore flags, transmit messages in Hebrew Morse Code, and volunteer to read fun parody versions. Copious examples of the sounds of languages around the world. (Longer program includes teaching the actual Ma Nishtana melodies used by Jews from Iraq and Libya.) Best for 3rd-to-7th grades. [The adult talk, 300 Ways to Enhance Your Seder, is best for older teens.]
Required: Projector (for our laptop) and screen. Children's programs can
be scheduled at any time during the week, with the exception of Sunday
mornings in the weeks before Passover.
References for Children's Programs
One Day School's Project:
A Hebrew Day School developed a school-wide project based
on our book. Each class learned a Jewish language, performed
while dressed in costumes for that country. Inspire your school
to do something similar!
See quick (and amazing) 2 minute video.
Jews Around the World: Their
customs, music and chants
and the unusual locations where Jews were found in the course of
this translation project. Includes the history of the Questions,
and how they developed over time. Program covers customs and traditions
for the rest of the seder as well.
How to Supercharge Your Seder:
Ideas to enliven your seder, from decorations, themes and songs to games and
puzzles, based on the authors' many years of creating novel seder
experiences, as outlined on Murray's Seders for You website.
After seeing the illustrations, you'll understand why
Murray's seders were featured on PBS and both
authors were written up in The New York Times.
Chants and Music of the Four
Questions: Chants and melodies used by Jewish communities
around the world,
from Bukharia, Libya, Turkey and Yemen, and those used in other
languages as well: Aramaic and Judeo-Iraqi. Different pronunciations,
different orders, analysis of different texts too. Fascinating diversity
of One People.
Talks tailored to specific age groups, interests and themes can be
developed. Discussions warmly welcomed.
Passover begins Monday evening, April 10, 2017
We're always actively booking programs for the coming season. Contact us!
Sun Mar 19 2017 - 10 am
Temple Beth Sholom Info: Al Harary
Sun Mar 26 2017 - 9:30 am
Temple Sholom Info: Rabbi Peter Rigler
Tue Mar 28 2017 - 1:30 pm
Congregation Beth Ohr (Hazak) Info: Lucille Safir
Bellmore, NY (Long Island)
Thu Mar 30 2017 - 1 pm
Brandeis National Committee Info: Ann Paszamant
South River, NJ
Thu Mar 30 2017 - 7 pm
B'nai Shalom Info: Geri Weinberg
W Orange, NJ
Sun Apr 2 2017 - 9:30 am
JCC of LBI Info: Rabbi Michael Jay
Beach Haven, Long Beach Isl, NJ
Tue Apr 4 2017 - 7:45 pm
Shomrei Torah Info: Henry Ramer
Thu Apr 6 2017 - 1 pm
Sociable Seniors Info: Phyllis Spisto
Plainview, Long Island, NY
Sun Apr 9 2017 - 2 pm
JCC Whippany Info: Sharon Rogovin
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