The Library has a large collection of Haggadot, including highly decorated manuscripts to complex commentaries in various languges. See below for finding recordings of traditional Passover tunes, special Passover recipes, and a link to our online manuscript collection.
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.
The Library has a large selection of commentaries on the haggadah. Search in the catalog under the subject HAGGADAH
View our online exhibit of illuminated haggadot.
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 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.
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
This site give basic information about the holiday, materials for families, children, and congregregations.
This online exhibit features illuminations from four beautiful manuscript Haggadot.
This site contains articles in the areas of the seder, food, matzah & hametz, and celebrate freedom.
This site includes descriptions of the seder, Passover laws and traditions, tips for children, and recipes.
Along with a description of the holiday, an overview of the seder, stories, and vegetarian recipes, this site includes resources for interfaith families.