Passover materials

Seder Resources

A Note from the Schachtel Library

The Beth Israel Schachtel Library has an expansive variety of haggadahs for our congregants to borrow. If you would like to borrow a quantity for your home seder, contact Judy Weidman, Temple Librarian at to arrange for a pickup. A bag can be left for you outside the school entrance with your haggadahs with some advance notice.
The following are just some of the haggadahs available for your use:

The 30 minute Seder– always a popular choice.
The 60 minute Seder. In case 30 minutes is too short!
The Reform Baskin Haggadah- this is the Reform movement’s customary choice. We have lots of these to circulate.
Richard Codor’s Joyous Haggadah: the Illuminated Story of Passover– a lovely choice for seders with children
The Gateways Haggadah: a seder for the whole family. A very accessible choice for all ages.
For this we left Egypt? A Passover haggadah for Jews and those who love them.
Sammy spider’s First Haggadah — Kids love Sammy.
A Passover Haggadah for Congregation Beth Israel– Rabbi Lyon’s own publication used for temple seders.

Many more titles available- check out the catalog on the Beth Israel Website on the library page.

Now this year is different, and we will no doubt thinking of making a virtual seder. There are many online resources to choose a ready-made haggadah or make your own. Check out, which has a variety of ready-made choices, as well as the ability to create your own custom haggadah. The site has a free haggadah that has everything you need for a meaningful and memorable seder. A skit, song parodies, modern readings and all the traditional parts are there. Print as many as you need.
Wishing you a meaningful Passover and hoping to welcome everyone back to the Library soon!

Judy Weidman

Passover Music Resources

Passover Related Worship & Programming

Volunteer Resources

Looking for ways to volunteer?

The JCC’s Meals on Wheels program is looking for drivers to make no-contact deliveries for people in need. You can find out more information here.

Houston Food Bank and several other Houston organizations are coordinating volunteer efforts. If you’re able to help in the COVID-19 pandemic, whether it be delivering food to elderly neighbors, writing letters to folks in quarantine, or help disseminate important information, please sign up here.

Kids’ Meal, Inc., is seeking a variety of volunteers to help in the kitchen, volunteer riders, and volunteer drivers. You can sign up to help here. Kids’ Meals also has ways to volunteer from home! All you need is brown paper lunch bags, markers, and your creativity. You can find all of the information you need here.

If you need assistance of any kind, please reach out to your Congregation Beth Israel clergy. We are here for you.

High-risk members of our community in need food (high-risk is 65 and older, auto-immune disorder, or chronic illness) can utilize Houston Food Bank’s no-contact delivery system. You can sign-up for this service here.

The JCC continues its Meals on Wheels program for are 60 and older and meet other criteria. You can find information about how to apply here.