Seder by Videoconference: Families Struggle to Connect for Passover, Easter This Year

The Figoten family has been gathering for Passover Seder meals for almost 70 years in Los Angeles—some members flying across the country to eat, pray, visit and sing songs, including their original “Ballad of the Figoten Clan.” Everyone had their own place cards, many made by a family member who passed away.

This year, the coronavirus has made their usual celebration impossible. It’s a reality faced by many families this month, when far-flung relatives normally unite for Passover, Easter or Ramadan holidays. Now families,…

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