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Passover Specials: Reflecting on the Meaning, the Music and the Stories Connected to Passover

Seder at B'Nai Zion Congregation
Seder at B'Nai Zion Congregation

April 18 through April 26, 2024. This schedule of Passover programs features shows sharing the meaning of Passover, thoughtful story-telling, music and even comedy.

April 18, 2024 - Thursday

11 AM - Passover: A Time To Crossover
This Passover holiday special magazine celebrates the journey from slavery to freedom.
1 PM – Why This Night?
Larry Josephson, a secular Jew, who now wants to know more about the religion of his grandparents, asks Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, Chancellor of the Jewish Theological seminary, to explain the meaning of Passover.

April 19, 2024 - Friday

11 PM – The Passover Story
The Passover story sung by The Western Wind. Narrated by Theodore Bikel.
2 PM – The Witches of Lublin
Lublin, Poland, 1797
While they prepare for Passover, a family of Jewish women, klezmer musicians, struggle for survival, but when music and love prove not enough, only the unthinkable can save them.

April 21, 2024 - Sunday

1 PM – Passover Seder Sounds
2 PM – A Musical Fest for Passover w/ Itzhak Perlman

April 25, 2024 - Thursday

11 AM – We’ll Be Here All Night
This special features, funny, poignant, and thought-provoking stories, and conversations that touch on the plagues, on slavery, on food, on the act of storytelling and more, and are meant to appeal to people of all religious (and non-religious) backgrounds.

1 PM – Radio Passover: Baby Got Backlash + New Birthday Song
Join Andrea and her grandma Phyllis for Radio Passover. While the two munch matza and bitter herbs, they’ll present a selection of stories about the intersections between music, technology, and copyright law. First up, a story about theft in plain sight. Hear nerd king Jonathan Coulton describe how his cover of “Baby Got Back” ended up in an episode of the Fox TV show Glee unbeknownst to him. Then an update on the FMA and WFMU’s attempt to dethrone “Happy Birthday to You”, including the radio debut of the winning song.

April 26, 2024 - Friday

11 AM – That’s Entertainment!
Sounds Jewish takes a deep dive into the significant seven weeks between the Passover and Shavuos festivals with music, comedy, and spoken word from around the Jewish world.

2 PM – Passover Most Soulful Songs and Acute Comedy
The Passover themes of empathy, redemption, rebirth, faith, and gratitude can’t help but inspire great music. And Passover's, uh... inconveniences provoke great humor.