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Pesach in Tel Aviv

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Pesach in Tel Aviv

We'll (family of 4 with 2 kids 18 and 23) be in Tel Aviv over Pesach this year from the 24th-27th March. We are going to be with another family of 5 and may have some extra 18 year olds join us as my daughter will be on chofesh from a shnat programme.

Can anyone advise if there are seders that are run in Tel Aviv which we can join or do any of the hotels in the area hold sederim?

We are not overly relgious but traditional and would like to have a seder.

Many thanks for your help

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1. Re: Pesach in Tel Aviv

Almost all hotels run seders, but you would have to contact each on individually to see if they will have room for people from outside the hotel. The cost per person for the seder runs between 350-1000 shekels per person for the seder meal only.

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You must also realize that unless you are able to join a seder being sponsored by an English speaking group that the entire seder will be totally in Hebrew. ( including the actual seder, commentary and directions)

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3. Re: Pesach in Tel Aviv

Thanks for your feedback. It is very helpful.

Wow, it sound like it could be an expensive exercise. The information about the seder being run in hebrew is very helpful as we would be able to participate but it would be less meaningful

We are staying in a suite hotel. If we were to do our own seder, are there places where we can buy the food and items for the seder plate etc? Some advice on this would be great

Thanks again

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4. Re: Pesach in Tel Aviv

You can easily have your own seder without having to pay the price of a hotel seder.

The requirements for the seder plate will be available at any supermarket - don't forget, almost everyone will be getting ready for Pesach.

There are also plenty of places that sell complete meals for the seder - you can order in advance. Ads for this and announcements will start showing up in about a month or so.

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5. Re: Pesach in Tel Aviv

You say you are "not overly religious but traditional". If you do not eat kitniyot (peas, beans, rice...) on Pesach it will be more difficult to find ready meals that don't contain kitniyot. They exist, but you will need to watch out for this, and specify no kitniyot when ordering if it's important to you.

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ThanksShuffaluff for the heads up. We do not eat kitniyot. I will have to keep this i mind.

Do you have any suggestions where we can go to order food?

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7. Re: Pesach in Tel Aviv

There are plenty of places to get food for Pesach, without kitniyot. If you want to get prepared meals then that option exists too - it's not inexpensive, but certainly less money than it would cost to go to one of the hotels for the seder.

Again - it's a bit too early for that information now - if you come back around Purim we can help you find caterers to contact.

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8. Re: Pesach in Tel Aviv

Thanks Oreets. I'll reconnect around Purim time. We're just trying to get a little organised.

We are still interested in possibly finding a communal seder as it means that we can spend more time seeing Israel than shopping for food and the like.

There are so many youth from all around the world in Israel on Israel programmes and they all have chofesh at this time. I thought that perhaps there may be sedorim geared to them. We wouldn't mind joining in one of these.

Thanks again for your help

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9. Re: Pesach in Tel Aviv

Hello Everyone,

I am also looking for a communal sedar. Are their any kosher for pesach restaurants offering a sedar meal?

Does anyone know which hotels offer a good rate for a sedar?

Thanks for all your help!

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10. Re: Pesach in Tel Aviv

Restaurants cannot offer a seder. If they did, they would lose their kashrut license for being open on the holiday.

Hotels all offer seder meals. Some only to the guests of the hotels and others opening up to outside guests as well.

There is no such thing as a "good rate" for seder in an Israeli hotel. Quite the contrary. The price is probably a lot higher than you are imagining. Pesach is the most expensive time of year to visit Israel.