Haggadot.com invites you to find your place in the Passover conversation.
What is Haggadot.com?
Passover is about freedom. But when it comes to the seder, many of us are lost. This website is a resource for Jews of all backgrounds to make the Haggadah that finally feels meaningful for a contemporary seder, with unique perspectives gathered from individuals worldwide.
Whatever your background, Haggadot.com invites you to find your place in the Passover conversation through the seder's central text, the haggadah. Now you can access classical texts and contemporary interpretations to create a more personalized Passover experience. The site provides a creative platform for Jews of all backgrounds to:
• Contribute your insights. For each section of the haggadah, you may upload original writings, artwork, or scan in selections from homemade or non-copyrighted haggadot. These clips are then grouped into your personal folder, and sorted and tagged in a public searchable web library.
• Borrow content from other users. Mix and match pages from other users - including sections from both liberal and traditional texts - to create your own haggadah.
• Publish your original haggadah. At the final stage, you can create a PDF and print unlimited copies at home for seder guests, all at no charge.
Eventually, as the website collects more source material, the output of Haggadot will become more unique and personalized. Pieces from a Feminist Reconstructionist version may co-exist with selections from a haggadah from the 1500's. A family of Ashkenazi and Sephardi Jews can include both traditions in one haggadah. A family separated by distance may collaborate online to create a shared haggadah for their separate seders. Families may also access their folder over the years to track their changing history. Jews everywhere will understand that, whatever their background, they have a place at the global seder table.
The History of Haggadot.com
Haggadot.com was founded in 2007, by Eileen Levinson, a graduate student in Graphic Design at California Institute of the Arts. In her graduate seminar with Louise Sandhaus and Ed Fella, Eileen was given the assignment to imagine "the future of publication" and began the concept for an online, collaborative Haggadah. Haggadot.com was then workshopped at the ROI 120 Summit in Jerusalem in 2007 and 2008, and incubated as a fellow project at PresenTense Institute in 2008.
Along the way, Haggadot.com has benefitted from consultation with many Jewish "techies" including Dan Sieradksi, who developed a proof-of-concept Open Source Haggadah in 2003, and Aharon Varady & Efraim Feinstein, developers of the Open Siddur Project, which is rapidly building a library of open source siddur content.
Most recently, Haggadot.com received support from Natan & Jewish New Media Innovation Fund to expand the development of the website, which will relaunch in January 2012 will new features. Check back soon for more updates.
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