You already know how to host a beautiful, profound, and Jewishly meaningful seder. What you may not yet know, though, is how to re-imagine your usual traditions to incorporate digital content that will enliven this year’s virtual rendition of your seder.
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The unveiling of the Pew Study of Jewish Americans is a moment of both trepidation and excitement for those of us who are working in the Jewish community – paid or volunteer