The HJHA is collecting a wide array of documentation to understand and preserve the history of how our Jewish community is responding to the current coronavirus crisis. Jewish communal life has moved online, providing a means for us to remain connected while staying apart. Organizations such as Jewish Family Service of Houston and the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston are working to meet the substantial economic and emotional needs of all those affected in our community. Restaurants such as Kenny & Ziggy’s New York Delicatessen and the New York Deli & Coffee Shop have shifted to offering only curbside pickup of takeout meals. We are living in unprecedented times, and we are preserving a record of it all for future generations to remember and learn from.
You can help us in this effort by writing a short reflection (500 words) about your Passover experience this year. How was this Passover different from all other Passovers for you? In this time of social distancing, stay-at-home orders, shortages at grocery stores, and other ongoing difficulties, how were your preparations and observance of the holiday impacted? What was particularly meaningful or memorable for you about the Seders this year? Who did you share them with, and how? What new and innovative customs did you participate in? What was the hardest adjustment or the most poignant aspect of this year’s holiday for you? What themes from the Passover story felt especially relevant this year? What will you want to remember about this Passover in years to come?
Essays that are submitted and accepted for inclusion into the Houston Jewish History Archive will ultimately be published online and made available to the public. Please send essays to Dr. Joshua Furman, curator of the Houston Jewish History Archive, at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also include a photograph or two!