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Passover Expo and Amram Scholar Series Lecture

This event was rescheduled from Sunday, March 11.

For those eager to get beyond the plagues and move as quickly as possible to gefilte fish and matzah ball soup, a Passover seder may seem to last as long as the Exodus from Egypt. To bring new life and laughter to the holiday observance, we offer you a day of pre-Passover fun and resources that begins with a comedic Amram talk and ends with more new recipes than you can fit on your table.

Join us at Temple on Sunday, March 18 at 10:30 am, when comedy-writing legend Alan Zweibel discusses his new book, For This We Left Egypt?: A Passover Haggadah for Jews and Those Who Love Them, an irreverent parody of the traditional Haggadah.

One of the original Saturday Night Live writers, Mr. Zweibel co-wrote the hilarious “Samurai” sketches for John Belushi and created Roseanne Rosannadanna with Gilda Radner. He has won multiple Emmy, Writers Guild of America, and TV Critics awards for his work in television. In addition to SNL, his credits include Curb Your Enthusiasm, Late Show With David Letterman, and It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, which he co-created and produced. As humorous in person as he is in writing, Mr. Zweibel is a frequent guest on late-night talk shows. Theatrically, his contributions include a collaboration with Billy Crystal for the Tony Award-winning play 700 Sundays, Martin Short’s Broadway hit Fame Becomes Me, and the off-Broadway play Bunny Bunny – Gilda Radner: A Sort of Romantic Comedy, which he adapted from his best-selling book. He is currently working on a musical adaptation of the movie Field of Dreams.

In For This We Left Egypt?, Mr. Zweibel partnered with Dave Barry, the Pulitzer Prizewinning humor writer, and Adam Mansbach, author of the best-selling book Go the F*** to Sleep. According to The Forward, the result is “a full-fledged comic assault on Passover” that goes through every step of the seder, but “runs riot with the Haggadah.” Copies of For This We Left Egypt? will be available for purchase so that you can share the fun at your own seder table.

Passover Expo

Guarantee that this year’s seder will truly be a “night different from all other nights” by visiting our Passover Expo, which begins at 9:00 am before the Amram program and continues after it until 1:00 pm. Join us to sample new menu items, pick up interesting readings for adults and projects for children, find new Judaica for your seder table, and take home some Passover swag. Participants include MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, PJ Library, Politics and Prose Bookstore, Prescription Chicken, Whole Foods Market, and WHC Sisterhood's Judaica Shop.

Alan Zweibel’s Amram Scholar Series Lecture is presented in cooperation with the Jewish Book Council.

Support WHC's youth social justice projects by purchasing this book through the WHC Mitzvah Mall.