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Passover begins at sundown on March 30. To help you prepare for the holiday, the Jewish Museum staff picked out some of their favorite Passover gifts from The Jewish Museum Shop.
My essential Passover item from the Shop is the Seder plate designed by Nicole Eisenman. I love the emphatic, semi-accurate, Roz Chast-like reminders of what belongs on a traditional Seder plate: “not-so bitter herbs,” “cementy stuff,” “egg!” As a “good enough” mother in the age of helicopter parents, I appreciate that this irreverent Seder plate does not judge me for also being a “good enough” Jew. Lastly, I’m proud to have a plate designed by a radical feminist lesbian artist at my Seder. I find that reminding my more conservative relatives of this helps make the evening more memorable — if not so different — from all other nights.
— Rebecca Shaykin, Leon Levy Assistant Curator
At Passover, my parents use a white linen tablecloth embroidered with flowers that I always assumed was a family heirloom, and a pastel porcelain Seder plate that I always assumed was a gift, because it clashes with their otherwise modern aesthetic. When I saw this piece in the Shop, I knew I would like it for Seders I might host myself. I was drawn to it because of the streamlined design, the fact that it does not instruct you on where to place the symbolic foods, and the way the negative space in the center creates a star shape, beautifully balancing form and function.
To explore depictions of the Passover holiday and related ceremonial objects in the collection, please join me in the galleries on Friday, April 13 at 2 pm for a gallery talk titled Why Is This Tour Different From All Others?
— Jenna Weiss, Manager of Public Programs
As a swimmer, I love anything that reminds me of water, as this alluring Seder plate does. We might be reminded of the parting of the Red Sea, as the Jews fled Egypt and Pharaoh’s rule. Otherwise, one can certainly meditate on the simple beauty while awaiting their matzo ball soup.
— Natalia Miller, Special Events Manager
Yes, I know your grandmother’s recipe for matzoh balls couldn’t possibly be improved. Neither can my grandmother’s recipe. But that doesn’t mean you should have to eat the same meal at every Seder, year after year. And as wonderful as all our grandmothers are, chefs like Paul Prudhomme, Alice Waters, and Jean-Georges Vongerichten do know a thing or two about cooking. The New York Times Passover Cookbook is a great way to ensure that your Seder is both joyful and delicious.
— David Goldberg, Chief of Staff
These beautiful glasses seem at first glance very contemporary with their matte black finish and stylish look. However, a closer examination reveals a hidden story underneath the black coat: these glasses are actually recreations of classic designs from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. By taking an age-old design and reproducing it in a contemporary, minimalist, and sleek way, the designer Droog bridges generations of Dutch artisans; making an old tradition relevant to us today. What could be more Passover than this? Multi-generational culture and tradition passed thorough an object.
— Roy Rub, Consulting Creative Director
My kids eat matzoh all year round. They are too young to have developed the kind of associations that I have with the stuff — the sense of deprivation and missing out on all kinds of cakes and cookies. To them, it is just as good, and eaten with equal gusto. So I love this elegant matzoh plate that elevates this very modest food for the Seder table and the duration of Passover. It makes matzoh feel central, important, and beautiful, and reminds us that the eating of matzoh during this time is different and more meaningful than the rest of the year.
— Sarah Supcoff, Deputy Director, Marketing & Communications
This “Haggadah for Everyone” is beautifully illustrated and has just the right level of information for a child-centric Seder. I also love how it relates rituals from the Seder to similar rituals from other religions, and includes unobtrusive “tips” for topics to consider and discuss throughout the Seder. This year, we were invited to celebrate Passover with another family from mixed religions and backgrounds, and I think this Haggadah will be a perfect choice.
— Cindy Caplan, Chief Counsel & Talent Officer
Shop our complete selection of Passover Haggadahs, Seder plates, and more at the Jewish Museum Shop or online at shop.thejewishmuseum.org.
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