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March 23

Celebrating Passover and New Beginnings

Giving Day 2021 SqThis year, the celebration of Passover coincides with the one-year anniversary of the Covid-19 pandemic. It has been a privilege to serve our diverse community during this time of crisis with a wide variety of online public programs offered largely free of charge. During a time of isolation, the Bildner Center strengthened its ties locally, nationally, and internationally.

This spring, the symbolism of Passover and its narrative's emphasis on surviving plagues holds heightened meaning as vaccines and better treatment options for Covid-19 become readily available. We hope that you will consider what the Bildner Center has meant to you this past year and help us to secure its future.

March 24 is Rutgers Giving Day, an annual initiative to support Rutgers units and programs. Please do not miss this important opportunity to show your support for the Bildner Center and Jewish Studies at Rutgers. All gifts are greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

Professor Nancy Sinkoff
Academic Director

Karen Small
Managing Director


Perspectives on the Passover Plagues
Seti tomb

Professor Gary A. Rendsburg, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Chair in Jewish History at Rutgers, offers insight into understanding the plagues.

Reading the Plagues in their Ancient Egyptian Context

Beasts or Bugs: Solving the Problem of the Fourth Plague

Image: Detail of the astronomical ceiling of Seti I tomb showing the personified representations of stars and constellations.

Birds Head HaggadahA Brief History of the Haggadah

Enjoy a short essay on the Haggadah's history by Martin Bodek, author of The Emoji HaggadahThe Festivus Haggadah, and, most recently, The Coronavirus Haggadah, among other books. Read here.

Image: Darm­stadt Hag­gadah, or the Birds Head Hag­gadah, from Uni­ver­sitäts-und Lan­des­bib­lio­thek Darmstadt

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