31st Annual Downtown Seder at City Winery

Wednesday, April 17th
7 PM

Special guests include Laurie Anderson, Steven Bernstein, David Broza, Peter Yarrow, AC Lincoln, Richard Kind, Judy Gold, Alex Edelman, Amichai Lau-Lavie, Dr, Benjamin Chavis, Jr. and Terrance Floyd (George’s Brother), NYC Comptroller Brad Lander, and Dr. Ruth and many more.

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Since 1991, City Winery founder Michael Dorf has produced this celebrity-driven interpretation of this ancient wine dinner party. This unique take on a divine tradition will open your mind and your senses. Happening Wednesday, April 17 at 7PM, with a very special lineup given the world today.

This annual tradition goes back thousands of years, but our interpretive Seder transcends Judaism and takes the themes within the Passover story of tyrants and governments harboring lethal hatred for outsiders and immigrants, the liberation struggles, the histories of oppression, bigotry, anti-Semitism, even pandemics and plagues represented in the timeless Passover story–and makes it relevant for our time. We need to remember our past and celebrate our freedom with this fun event that allows people to break bread (matzah), drink wine, and laugh, sing, and contemplate the issues of our world.

Our Seder’s have had many artists, actors, comedians, political figures from Perry Farrell to Jerry Stiller, from Dr. Ruth to Congressman Jerry Nadler, from Al Franken singing “Go Down Moses” to Lou Reed reading Marley’s Exodus. Activist Ruth Messinger speaking about Darfur’s genocide to comedian Judy Gold’s annual rendition of Dayyenu. “Half postmodern religious ritual and half cabaret” -Jewish Learning Magazine; “More dreadlocks than yarmulkes, with Lou Reed as the “bad child”, Phillip Glass and more, it felt like a cross between summer camp in the Catskills and a progressive jazz concert,” -The New York Times, April 27, 1997 (That’s right, been doing it a long time!) “The hippest Seder on Earth, more deconstructionist than Reconscructionist” -The Forward

Plant-based multi-course meal and at least 4 glass of vino included.