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How Jewish Celebrities Celebrated Passover During a Pandemic

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Aside from “Saturday Night Seder,” the star-studded Passover event, Jewish celebrities took to social media to share their socially distanced Passover celebrations, creative seder plates, and more.

It was so truly comforting to see that these stars of David, like us regular folk, had seder struggles of their own, from Zoom issues to challenges in sourcing seder plate items. Truly, Jews across the globe were united in our seder scrappiness and our willingness to make it work! While these circumstances are undoubtedly challenging, we love to see it. Happy Passover!

1. Rachel Bloom

New mom Rachel Bloom shared how her husband, Dan Gregor, put together a last-minute Seder for their family. Impressive!

2. Nick Kroll

Comedian Nick Kroll shared a clip from Big Mouth, his animated Netflix comedy about puberty. In season three, they expertly dive into the Passover story at a seder set at a Florida retirement home.

Kroll also appeared in “Saturday Night Seder,” where he attempted and failed to sing the Four Questions, which he called his favorite part about being Jewish (aside from owning the banks and the media, he joked).

3. Alex Borstein

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star and Jewish mom-of-two Alex Borstein shared some scenes from her seder.

“Being on full lockdown we couldn’t quite get everything we needed for our seder plate. I had an egg and apples, but the kids made the rest from felt and feathers. Dayenu,” she wrote.

Borstein also reminded us that the best topping for matzah is Nutella:

4. Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman shared her mom’s matzah lasagna recipe:

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So this looks really janky cause my matza came all broken in the box, but it’s my mom’s matza lasagna recipe and it’s so delicious! #happypassover #whatnatcooks Recipe: 1. Preheat oven to 350F. 2. Sauté half an onion, chopped, and one garlic clove, chopped in oil and salt; (I used avocado oil). 3. When onion is translucent, add chopped veggies; (I had a bit of broccolini, zucchini and carrots, but you can use whatever you have)—cook until veggies are tender but still have some crunch. 4. In another pan heat ready made tomato sauce or make a quick one with sautéed garlic, olive oil and canned whole peeled tomatoes and salt. 5. Grate vegan cheese. 6. Dip matza in water until it gets a bit soft (about 30 seconds – 1 minute). 7. In a square baking pan layer tomato sauce, softened matza, sautéed veggies, vegan cheese, then layer again, until the top layer of matza and just add cheese on top. 8. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the cheese is melted.

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And, the Jewish actress posted a poem by famed Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai “to soothe us on this seder eve.”

Portman and her kids also made amazing plague puppets using popsicle sticks. We’re fans.

5. Zach Braff

Scrubs star Zach Braff tweeted how Elijah will be his only seder guest.

6. Andy Cohen

Andy Cohen celebrated his son Ben’s second Passover and provided his parents in St. Louis with some very exasperated Zoom tech support.

7. Jessica Mulroney

Like many Jewish families around the globe, Jessica Mulroney celebrated a virtual family seder.

8. Gal Gadot

Similarly, Israeli superstar Gal Gadot had a virtual Pesach celebration. “It’s morning now in LA and night time in Israel, but we still joined our families’ small tables and sang songs,” the Wonder Woman star wrote on Insta:

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Happy Passover everyone! Usually the holidays bring us together to sit around one big table, eat traditional food, and share stories. This one was obviously a different one. It’s morning now in LA and night time in Israel, but we still joined our families' small tables and sang songs. While they blessed the wine, we were still sipping our coffee 😜 It's not ideal but at least we live in a time where technology can make us feel a bit closer. Happy holidays to all of you that celebrate Passover and soon also Easter. Keep safe and stay home so next year we can all celebrate with our families. ❤️🙏 חג פסח שמח כולם!! השנה חגגנו באופן יוצא דופן. במקום להיות יחד עם כל המשפחה סביב שולחן חג חגיגי , התכנסנו כולנו לשיחת וידאו. בזמן שפה , בל.א יום ובארץ ערב , קראנו מההגדה , בירכנו על היין (ואנחנו עוד שתינו קפה😜) לא מצב אידיאלי אבל לפחות תודות לטכנולוגיה הרגשנו קצת יותר קרוב. נשארים בבית מוגנים כדי שבשנה הבאה נשב כולנו יחד עם המשפחות שלנו סביב שולחן החג. אמן❤️🙏

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9. Fran Drescher

Nanny star Fran Drescher posted a Passover message to her Twitter. “Our prayers are for you during this challenging time,” Drescher said.

10. Emmy Rossum

Actress Emmy Rossum shared her makeshift seder plate, which included some home-made matzah! The actress, who does not eat gluten, spent the days before Passover agonizing about not being able to get the traditional unleavened bread, and we have to say, we’re pretty impressed with her homemade creation!

11. Julie Klausner

Julie Klausner also posted her vegan makeshift seder plate. She also made vegan brisket using a recipe from our sister site, My Jewish Learning, which she called “shockingly good.” Hooray for small Passover victories!

She also shared a selfie with matzah:

12. Billy Eichner

… As did her long-time collaborator, Billy Eichner, saying he has “everything” he needs.

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Don’t worry about me, I have everything I need.

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13. Julian Edelman

NFL star Julian Edelman shared photos from his quarantined seder:

14. Marlee Matlin

Oscar-winning Marlee Matlin shared pics of her Zoom seder:

15. Jessica Seinfeld

Jessica Seinfeld shared a snap of her family’s seder table, writing “may the 11th plague pass the world over next year.” Note the inclusion of an orange on the plate!! Go, Seinfeld fam.

16. Mayim Bialik

Mayim shared a YouTube video explaining Passover, alongside Moshe Kasher, Marlee Matlin, Shoshannah Stern, CJ Jones, Chad Jamian, Iliza Shlesinger, and Allison Josephs.

She also posted a picture of herself on her Instagram stories looking for hametz with a candle.

17. Adam Pally

Adam Pally shared a delightful Passover song that is one of his family’s traditions. It will put a smile on your face:

18. Josh Malina

Josh Malina shared a snap of Pesach cleaning:

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The Pesach Fairy.

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And of his Passover seder table:

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#MatzahMan

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19. Adam Sandler

Adam Sandler shared a weird Passover graphic he definitely found in Google:

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Happy Passover! Love to all!

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(Why not share a still from the Uncut Gems Passover scene, Adam??)

20. Natasha Leggero

The Jewish comedian shared her matzah brei, a “Jewish delicacy.”

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Eggs and wet crackers. A Jewish delicacy.

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21. Chella Man

Chella Man, a Jewish artist, activist, and actor, shared his run to the grocery store for Passover essentials. They also provided us with their mother’s charoset recipe which is just honey, grated honey crisp apples, and cinnamon.

22. Jenny Slate

Actress and writer Jenny Slate wrote in The New York Review of Books about her Passover plans.

Slate wrote, “I used to celebrate Passover with the traditional two seders, and the keeping of Passover itself. I don’t anymore, but there is one thing I will do for the holiday: stand in my doorway and open the door to the Prophet Elijah, because I believe that that moment is real, and I’m glad it is striding toward me, even now.”

23. Elizabeth Banks

The Jewish mom celebrated Passover with some leftover matzah from last year. She shot a video of herself eating some of it with maror and haroset on her Instagram stories. “Happy Passover to everyone celebrating this year like us… I’m just sending love to everyone and wishing everyone has a peaceful, peaceful next 24 hours.” So sweet.

24. Beanie Feldstein and Sharon Feldstein

Since Beanie Feldstein was the youngest one in her seder, her mother, Sharon, reportedly had to hide the afikoman from her. She also had to read the Four Questions. Honestly, we wish we could have been there! Beanie also posted this great meme about Passover. We relate.

25. Tiffany Haddish

Bat mitzvah girl Tiffany Haddish tried to make matzah for the first time! Unfortunately, her first attempt left something to be desired. We hope her second attempt was more successful!

26. Mitchell Schwartz

The Jewish NFL player from the Kansas City Chiefs made his own matzah ball soup, from scratch! We are so impressed.

27. Michaela Watkins 

The Jewish actress posted a picture of her seder table. Lovely.

28. Miz Cracker

Jewish drag queen shared Passover wishes on Twitter:

29. Jason Alexander

To end, a beautiful note from Seinfeld star Jason Alexander: “next year, together.”

 

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