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“When we took over hosting our family's Passover seder, we couldn’t imagine using the Maxwell House haggadah.  We joined Kol Hadash so we could say what we mean and mean what we say.”

 — Marty S., Deerfield

“Kol Hadash inspires us to think and discuss Judaism more honestly both among ourselves and within ourselves.”

— Nancy S., Geneva


At Kol Hadash, our Passover celebration includes many traditional holiday customs: we retell the ancient story of the Exodus from Egypt; we ask four questions; we hide (and our children find) the afikomen; and we sing songs. But, in many other meaningful ways, a Humanistic Seder is different from all other Seders.

Why Is This Seder Different from     All Other Seders?

1.  We add modern stories of human struggles to overcome oppression and to achieve freedom and equality, and we connect our ancient myths with current issues and concerns.

2.  In the retelling of the story of the Exodus, we emphasize themes of human freedom and dignity, the power of human beings to change their destiny, and the power of hope.

3.  The singing of Dayenu (“it would be enough”) for us becomes Lo Dayenu (“it would not be enough”), changing the message from one of satisfaction to a reminder that there is still more for us to do.

4.  We have great food, fellowship and fun WITHOUT dirty dishes!

Our doors are also always open to anyone who would like to celebrate with us.

Community Passover Seder

Sunday, March 28, 5:30pm

To register or for more information, please contact our administrator, Jeremy Owens, at, or 847/383-5184 with any questions.

Learn about Humanistic Passover celebrations. You might also enjoy this article by our Rabbi Chalom on “Secular Passover Values”.

Sunday School Passover Seder

Sunday, March 14, 10:30am

A fun and casual setting intended for children of all ages to learn about Passover's interesting history, customs and special foods. Guests are always welcome!

Learn more about our Holiday Celebrations for Children.

Have a Matzah Ball: It's Passover

See Passover come alive for your children with stories, songs, and activities led by Rabbi Adam Chalom and Education Director Dawn Friedman. Storytimes are intended for children ages 0-2 (older children welcome).

Have a Matzah Ball: It's Passover is one in a series of storytimes sponsored by jBaby Chicago. All sessions are free of charge. Learn more.

RSVP for storytime on JUF's website. For more information, contact our administrator, Jeremy Owens, at, or 847/383-5184.

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