Reform road testing its first Haggadah

By Simon Rocker, March 22, 2012

The Reform Movement is piloting its first Haggadah this Pesach in a number of synagogues and members' homes with a view to full publication next year.

Manchester, Wimbledon and Thanet Reform synagogues will be among congregations trying out Haggadateinu, "Our Haggadah".

Produced by a rabbinic team led by Rabbi Paul Freedman of Radlett and Bushey Reform Synagogue, it is illustrated with papercuts by Herts folk artist Suzy Taylor. As with the new Reform siddur of 2008, it uses gender-inclusive language and provides transliteration of Hebrew into English letters.

"The publication of our own Haggadah is a significant moment for the movement," Rabbi Freedman said. "The themes of Pesach - freedom leading to responsibility and social action - are core values of Reform Judaism.

"It's therefore incredibly exciting that at last we will have our own beautifully illustrated Haggadah reflecting our deeply-held beliefs."

Last updated: 7:28pm, March 22 2012