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The KAHAL office is closed beginning Friday, April 19 at 4pm Central and will reopen on April 22 for the observance of Passover.
If you are a student looking for a place to celebrate the holiday abroad, please see below for your options.
Through our partnership with Chabad’s international movement, any students seeking last-minute placements for meals, services, and more should go directly to their nearest Chabad center and reference KAHAL. You can find your nearest Chabad at: https://www.chabad.org/centers/default_cdo/aid/9318/jewish/Global-Directory.htm
Host Your Own Seder
If you’d like to host your own seder, create your own meaningful passover experience, or spend some time learning about this amazing tradition, please feel free to use our wonderful resources! Here’s the KAHAL Haggadah, and in addition, we have partnered with the Global Day of Jewish Learning and have an amazing DIY resource just for you!
If you have any urgent last minute questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. This inbox will be checked until 4pm Central on Friday, April 19.
KAHAL helps students attend Passover experiences around the entire world. Last year, KAHAL connected students to more than 1000 seders in over 110 cities around the world.
KAHAL plans to connect more than 1,500 students to Jewish communities, host families, communities, and resources this year through its #SaveThePlate Campaign! Sign Up for Passover here 👇🏻
Here is a simple 5 step guide for being a perfect Passover guest!
Looking to have your own passover Seder? We have amazing DIY Passover resources! Email Jessie@KahalAbroad.org for more info.
Check out our KAHAL Haggadah below!
Apply for a Passover grant today!
Here are some examples of how students have traveled the world and explored their identity with KAHAL:[carousel script=”carouFredSel” easing=”linear”][item id=”1552386066869-0-0″ tab_id=”1535131788282-5″ title=”Item”]
Jonny Maxwell, Jerusalem, Miami of Ohio University for Passover last year, I was in Israel! This was something really special for me because instead of saying ‘next year in Jerusalem,’ I was already there. Several days before the first Seder, I had just compete Yam L’Yam, a 50 mile hike from the Mediterranean Sea to the Kinerret, stretching almost the entire width of Israel. Sitting at my friends house in Jerusalem, my legs were beyond tired but my spirits were high (could’ve been the 4 cups of wine!). I stayed up until 3am with 30 other students; singing, laughing, and taking pride in the fact that we were free to celebrate our liberation from slavery in the heart of the Jewish people: Jerusalem.[/vc_column_inner]
Arin Kerstein, Durban, Tufts University
My seders were really nice, and I hope yours were too. For the first night, I went to a communal seder at the synagogue, where the rabbi gave a sermon relating local politics to the story of Passover — that was a really cool way to understand the Jewish experience in the context of South African society. For the second night, I went to the family of one of the people you initially connected me with in Durban — it was very nice and sweet. Everyone was incredibly welcoming and the seder was extremely interactive. It was not very different from what I’d expect in America. It’s always interesting to see what tunes and dishes carry across the world. It was also meaningful to find common ground with the people I meet to understand what Judaism means to them and compare that to my own experience.
Thank you so much for connecting me with Rabbi Avremi. Everywhere I travel I attempt to find the Jewish community but this has been the most successful experience so far. I was worried I would have to have my own makeshift Seder in my dorm.
It felt amazing to be able to be apart of this community, everyone is so welcoming and accepting of different backgrounds and cultures.
The first night was quite interesting. It was much larger and chaotic since it was at a hotel rather than the Chabad house. I believe there were over 240 people! Much more than there ever had been according to the Rabbi, and definitely more than I would have ever expected. I had no idea how many Jewish people there would be in such a specific part of the world. I was able to meet many expats working and living in Saigon, that I am now connected with and am planning on seeing again before I leave. I only wish I was able to meet them sooner!
Although the first night was incredibly eye opening, fun and interesting, I really appreciated the second night. The Chabad house was, once again, so welcoming. It didn't quite feel like I was in Vietnam anymore. The strange, but not so strange, part about the night was how familiar it felt. Although the food was a bit different, and I didn't know all the prayers it still felt comfortable and normal. It gave me a bit of home that I was missing. We went around the room, each person reading a passage in the language they knew and it was incredible. Hebrew, French, English, etc. but we were all feeling and reading the same thing. I loved it!
I was able to sit near a few Israeli girls who had come here to teach a few months ago, I exchanged information with one of them and I plan to go see her (hopefully) in Israel once I graduate!
All in all this was a fantastic experience. I am so grateful to have been able to share this holiday with all those I have met. I plan to hopefully fit in a shabbat dinner at the Chabad house before I leave!
Being in Vietnam has not been easy for me, knowing that this community exists gives me some peace of mind and allows me to have a comfort.[/vc_column_inner]
Hannah Geller in Florence, Italy
I was surprised by how natural it felt to celebrate Passover with total strangers. When I explained it to some friends, I realized just how special it is that I can walk into any Jewish home in the world and feel right at home because of all we have in common.