NuRoots’ third annual Collective Escape is a reimagined citywide Passover festival. We’ve put together a diverse variety of offerings aimed to celebrate the holiday in a way that’s accessible, unique and relevant. Our hope is that you walk away from these experiences feeling a genuine connection with the Passover story.
This year, we’re finding Order in Disorder.
We are consumed by the constant chaos around us, overwhelmed by the things out of our control. We fall into patterns and habitual tendencies leaving us no time to pause, reflect, and refine. We are slaves to our daily grind.
We invite you to escape with us, to leave the grind behind, and to reflect on what freedom means to you.
Through retelling the Exodus story and finding newfound strength in oppressive times, we can escape from what’s enslaving us and find a sense of community, power, and order in the face of disorder.
If the Passover story is new to you, or in case you need a little refresher, check it out:
Circa 1300 BCE in Egypt, the Israelites and the Egyptians were living in coexistence. Most cool! But then, a tyrant-like Pharaoh came to power and he started to see the increasing Israelite population as a threat. Giving into his fear and xenophobia, Pharaoh decided to enslave the Israelites and kill their firstborns. One mother said “no f*$%ing way!” and sent her baby down the river in some sort of raft. Luckily, the floating baby was saved by the Pharaoh’s daughter, who named him Moses, and made him part of the royal family. Moses eventually learned his true identity and decided it was his duty to save his people, the Hebrews, from Pharaoh's oppressive forces. Sidenote: God spoke to him and told him it was time to step up. With God as his super helpful sidekick (remember those 10 plagues? The supernatural parting of the Red Sea?), Moses eventually led the Jews out of Egypt, through the Sinai desert to safety…except it took a whole 40 years. But we MADE it. And that’s what counts.
During Collective Escape, we won’t just tell the same old story -- we will be part of it. We will examine where we are enslaved both personally and collectively and we will forge a path to freedom. It’s about you and your exodus. In each of our various Passover-inspired gatherings, a new side to our old story will be revealed.
Choose your own escape
Just as the seder plate encourages you to engage with the story of Passover, our interactive seder plate is designed to engage you with this year's Collective Escape experiences. From social justice and Stand up Comedy to the Wizard of Oz and Mysticism, there's something for everyone.
* All Food will be Passover-Friendly (Bread-free), Kosher style.
trying to map out your collective escape?
This interactive map of Los Angeles to find Experiences powered by NuRoots as well as other local Passover Celebrations. Keep it in your hood or get out of your comfort zone!
Map Key Black pin: NuRoots Red pin: Local Organization
seder plate of your dreams
The Seder Plate is the most iconic and integral physical piece of Passover. They're usually real traditional (think: your bubbe's china), so finding the perfect one for you can be incredibly tricky! Fortunately, The Shop at the Jewish Museum has a variety of modern seder plates that are guaranteed to blow your guests away and elevate your seder.
Planning on being bread-free for the week? If so, You cant just live off of Matzah Pizza. What Jew Wanna Eat compiled 50 passover-friendly recipes. From modern grubs like Latke BBQ Sliders to remixed classics like Cinnamon Matzah Brei, we promise you won't even be thinking about your beloved bread.
Queering your seder
while many choose to incorporate an orange in the seder to symbolize lgbtq acceptance and recognition, there are a variety of ways to queer up your passover. Keshet has compiled a list of lgbtq-centric haggadahs and resources that can lead to some revelent, must-have discussions and reflection!
HoListic passover detox
Passover encourages us to break free from what is enslaving us. What better way to do that than to focus on your self-care? At The Well created an 8-Day Holistic Passover Detox guaranteed to inspire newfound habits, improve overall wellness, and implement new rituals that you can carry beyond the holiday.
tired of the traditional haggadah? Haggadot.com allows you to create your own haggadah,your trusty passover guide, on the site. with hundreds of themes, customize your own to make it personally relevant. If you don't want to create one from scratch, the site has an extensive pre-made selection, from black lives matter to minimalistic text.
passover printables pieces
A simple and fun way to elevate your seder is to incorporate conversation pieces. These "four questions"cards by Almost Makes Perfect are aesthetically-pleasing and incredibly informational printed pieces that transform the way we engage in traditional passover discussion.