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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Idina Menzel, Ben Platt, Rabbis David Wolpe, Sharon Brous and More Invite You to a Virtual Seder

“Saturday Night Seder” will raise money for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation's Coronavirus Emergency Response Fund as guests encourage viewers to donate.

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Erin Ben-Moche
Erin is the Digital Content Manager at the Jewish Journal. She writes about Jewish art and culture.

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It would have been enough to vicariously see our favorite Broadway and Hollywood stars celebrating Passover on social media, but now fans will get to virtually gather with them on April 11 for a Passover seder.

Titled “Saturday Night Seder” and created by Broadway veteran Adam Kantor (“The Band’s Visit”) and culinary entrepreneur Brian Bordainick, the event will raise money for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation’s Coronavirus Emergency Response Fund as guests encourage viewers to donate.

Best Musical goes to The Band’s Visit at THE 72nd ANNUAL TONY AWARDS broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Sunday, June 10, 2018 on the CBS Television Network. Photo: John P. Filo/CBS

The star-studded cast virtually breaking the middle matzo includes Tony Award winners Idina Menzel, Ben Platt, Cynthia Erivo, Harvey Fierstein, Judith Light, Alan Menken, and Billy Porter.

Stephen Schwartz, (from left) Gerald Sternbach, Isaiah Johnson, Idina Menzel, Liz Callaway, Megan Hilty, Angel Blue, Jordan Fisher and Andrea Martin (hidden) perform onstage at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts’ Spring Celebration on May 16, at The Wallis. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Also participating are Pamela Adlon, Jason Alexander, Reza Aslan, Skylar Astin, Shoshana Bean, Mayim Bialik, Rachel Brosnahan, D’Arcy Carden, Andy Cohen, Darren Criss, Fran Drescher, Billy Eichner, Beanie Feldstein, Tan France, Eliot and Ilana Glazer, Josh Groban, Richard Kind, Julie Klausner, Nick Kroll, Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie, Dan Levy, Camryn Manheim, Milo Manheim, Debra Messing, Isaac Mizrahi, Busy Philipps, Stephen Schwartz, Michael Solomonov, Shaina Taub, Nina West, Henry Winkler and Finn Wolfhard.

Los Angeles Rabbis David Wolpe of Sinai Temple and Sharon Brous of IKAR are also slated to appear.

“In a time of confinement and uncertainty, a rag-tag team of Jews and non-Jewish Passover enthusiasts felt it was more important than ever to channel creative energies and gather community,” head writer Alex Edelman said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to be reinterpreting the timeless story of liberation and renewal while raising money for those on the front lines enduring—and fighting—an actual plague.”

The Passover seder will begin streaming at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT here.

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