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The HUC-JIR Library system is home to a wide variety of Haggadot that represent over 600 years of artistic and liturgical creativity.

While some of our facsimile editions or older works are shelved in closed stacks (Rare Book Room or Special collections), many are in the open stacks and available for browsing and check out.

Older works are shelved under BM 675 P4 and newer works under BM 674.6-BM 674.79. Generally, they will be shelved in this order: “traditional” (Hebrew), “traditional” (translations), “non-traditional” (i.e. Conservative, Reconstructionist, Reform, other), and then adaptations for children.

We have an online exhibit of 4 of our illuminated haggadot.


The Library also has a selection of commentaries on the haggadah. Search in the catalog under the subject: HAGGADAH

Works on Passover

Most books on Passover will be shelved under BM 695 P3. To find others, search the online catalog under the subject: PASSOVER or PASSOVER--CUSTOMS AND PRACTICES

Selected new items from the collection (call numbers may differ by campus):

      • Preparing your heart for Passover : a guide for spiritual readiness / Kerry M. Olitzky. BM 695 P3 O 4.8 2002
      • Let my people go : insights to Passover and the Haggadah / Jeffrey M. Cohen. BM 695 P3 C6.4 2002
      • The women's Passover companion : women's reflections on the festival of freedom / edited by Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, Tara Mohr, and Catherine Spector. BM 675 P3 Z8.5 2003
      • Passover : the family guide to spiritual celebration / Ron Wolfson with Joel Lurie Grishaver. BM 695 P3.5 W6.6 2003
      • Creating lively Passover seders : a sourcebook of engaging tales, texts and activities / David Arnow. BM 695 P3.5 A7.6 2004


Search in the catalog under the subject: PASSOVER COOKING

Samples from the collection (call numbers may differ by campus)

    • Passover Gourmet / Nira Rousso. TX 724 R6.6 1987
    • Something different for Passover / Zell Schulman. TX 724 S33 1986
    • The complete Passover cookbook / by Frances R. AvRutick. TX 724 A97
    • The vegetarian Pesach cookbook / Roberta Kalechofsky. TX 739.2 P3.7 K3.5 2002

Study and teaching

Search the catalog under Passover--Study and teaching or check with the Tartak Learning Center (or email for lessons plans and project ideas.


Search in the catalog under the subjects: PASSOVER MUSIC

Sample recordings from the collection;

  • The Passover story / sung by the Western Wind ; narrated by Theodore Bikel.
  • A singing seder / Cindy Paley.
  • Reggae Passover / Alan Eder and friends.
  • The music of Passover and the civil rights movement / Peri Smilow and the Freedom Music Project.
  • Celebrate Passover / Craig 'n co.

Recommended websites


Explore Passover at Reform Judaism

This site give basic information about the holiday, materials for families, children, and congregregations.

Illuminated Haggadah Exhibit

This online exhibit features illuminations from four beautiful manuscript Haggadot.

Passover (Pesah) at My Jewish Learning

This site contains articles in the areas of the seder, food, matzah & hametz, and celebrate freedom.

Passover at Aish

This site includes descriptions of the seder, Passover laws and traditions, tips for children, and recipes.

Passover at Big Tent Judaism

Along with a description of the holiday, an overview of the seder, stories, and vegetarian recipes, this site includes resources for interfaith families.