A List of Virtual Easter and Passover Celebrations in Hoboken + Jersey City

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As many families would normally be planning for Passover, which begins April 8th, and Easter, April 12th, we are now left wondering: are the holidays canceled? The short answer is no — holidays are special because of the people we spend them with, and while we can’t all be together at the same table, we can certainly still find ways to see and speak to the people we love.

People are finding ways to make a lot of different things work — schooling kids from home, working remotely, finding a new self-care routine and learning to stay connected during this time of social distancing + restricted gatherings. So while your holiday plans might look a little different this year, they can still be just as special.

The Easter Bunny is hopping into Hoboken on Saturday, April 11th, starting at 2:00PM. The Easter Bunny will visit with our friends from the Hoboken Police Department. Wave from your windows and doorways, and don’t forget to stay 6 hops from others! Follow this page for location updates.

And, if you’re looking to schedule a time to have the Easter Bunny stop by your block, direct message @hobokenhoppineasterbunny — he’s bouncing around Jersey City + Hoboken to anyone who makes a charitable donation to help the community during the pandemic.

Holiday Shopping

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Easter basket shopping all over town is out of the question this year, but you can still create an amazing Easter basket by finding everything you need online, or via delivery or pick up from your favorite spots.

Big Fun Toys

Big Fun Toys is offering curbside pick up on toy orders. Fill Easter baskets with funny goodies that will keep your kids busy + entertained for weeks to come. Call 201-714-9575 to place an order and see what they have in stock, and then you can pick up from 602 Washington Street, Hoboken.

Little City Books

Little City Books had to close their storefront, you can still shop online to buy books, cards, and notebooks. Whether it’s part of an Easter basket or a new tradition to start this Passover, books always make a wonderful gift.

Hazel Baby & Kid

This Jersey City-based stored unfortunately had to close their doors to walk-in business, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still get toys, high-quality clothing + shoes, gifts, and supplies. You can shop online and enjoy local delivery. If you need help choosing items just call or text them at 201-369-1999 and they will let you know what’s available in store. They are also offering Eco Easter Bundles, including eco egg dying + grass growing kit, three powder-based coloring packets, grass seed, two eco-coconut husk pucks {just add water to make soil}, and eco eggs made in the USA from plants. Choose a large {24 count} or small {18 count} bag.

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Virtual Family Meal Kits

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No matter how far away your loved ones are during this pandemic, consider having them join you for a family meal that starts with a prayer or a few words of gratitude. Most nursing homes have restricted visitors coming in and have patients eating meals alone in their own rooms. Older parents look forward to a break from eating alone for the holidays, even if it’s a virtual gathering. If they have access to an iPad or tablet, seeing family members at a Seder or Easter dinner can make a world of difference.

For families who are self-isolating together, there are local businesses offering food, treats, and more to make your holiday celebrations fun + special. And if your extended family lives within driving distance, and you feel safe to take a ride, you drop some of these meal kits + treats off for them as well.

Chabad Young Professionals of Hoboken + Jersey City

Chabad Young Professionals has created “Passover in a Box” — these kits make it simple and easy to celebrate the Passover Seder and come with everything you need to celebrate {minus Mom’s homemade brisket}. There are two options available and they can be purchased here.

The CYP is also offering a webinar so that families big + small can learn how to create a DIY Sedar. Tune in to learn valuable tips and insights to make your seder at home a meaningful one.  The webinar is being hosted on Sunday, April 5, from 6:00PM-6:45PM. Sign up here.

Hudson Table Hoboken

Hudson Table is here to feed you + your family this Passover + Easter with a Passover Dinner Kit and an Easter Dinner Kit. The Passover Dinner Kit serves four people and includes classic matzo ball soup, tomato braised brisket, potato kugel, grilled asparagus with lemon-garlic butter, charoset – traditional apple-walnut mix, and flourless chocolate cake. The Easter Dinner Kit includes roasted lamb shoulder with herb-horseradish cream, cream of asparagus soup with roasted garlic croutons, potato and leek gratin, roasted carrots with brown sugar citrus glaze, and hummingbird cake. Everything is prepared in a controlled, sanitary, fully compliant kitchen in small-batches each day with a rotating menu. Pick up procedure is intended to be minimal to no person-to-person contact for the health and safety of everyone. Email info@hudsontable.com for delivery inquiries or click here to place an order.

Sorellina

Sorellina Hoboken has teamed up with Sweet Expressions to bring Easter goodies to their patrons. They are offering handmade chocolate bunnies in various sizes + styles, as well as Bunny Boxes filled with all sorts of Easter treats. Orders must be placed by Friday, April 3rd, at 6:00PM. Sorellina is also offering a variety of Easter cocktail & wine packs, which make for great *grown-up* Easter treats. Orders will be available for pick-up only on Saturday, April 11, between 11:00AM-1:00PM. They have also added in an Easter dinner menu that includes a Baked Ham & Roasted Lamb dinner for 4, and their famous Pizza Rustica. Email hello@sorellinahoboken.com or call 201-963-3333 to place an order.

The Hudson Cakery

Known for modern designs that taste as good as they look, The Hudson Cakery has Easter cookie + cupcake kits for purchase on their website. DIY Kits are available for curbside pick up or free Hoboken + Weehawken delivery. You can place an order on their site here.

Sugarsuckle

Sugarsuckle has been offering beautiful desserts and DIY kits that are perfect for a fun family activity {and double as a great gift}. Passover orders need to be placed by Tuesday, April 7th, at 12:00PM, and Easter orders must be placed by Thursday, April 9th, at 12:00PM. Some orders are available for delivery, but not all, so make sure to read the order instructions carefully. Order here or email info@sugarsuckle.com with questions.

Anthony David’s 

Anthony David’s, located at 953 Bloomfield St in Hoboken, is offering Easter + Passover meals for up to six people, plus additional sides. Orders can be picked up from April 9th – April 11th from 4:00PM-6:00PM daily. Call 201-222-8399 to place your order.

Barbès

Barbès Restaurant has a Passover that can be ordered in advance and enjoyed in your home. Call 201-610-1000 to place an order for Wednesday, April 8th or Thursday, April 9th. Dinner for two is $50 and includes appetizer, salad, entree, and dessert.

Dino & Harry’s Steakhouse

Pre-Order Easter Diner at Dino & Harry’s Steakhouse. Enjoy their roasted leg of lamb with garlic and rosemary, served with mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, and sautéed string beans. There is a limited supply, so make sure to call the restaurant at (201) 659-6202 after 3:00PM to order.

Shaka Bowl

Shaka Bowl is accepting orders for baked good platters including their purple vegan funfetti cookies. Yummy, gluten-free + vegan options are available. If you don’t have time to run to the store to pick up goodies, they will deliver directly to you. Email Kiersten at kiersten@findyourshaka.com and she’ll get back to you immediately.

La Bouche Cafe

Call ahead or order online to enjoy 15% off on selected Easter Brunch items. Make sure to redeem the ‘easterbrunch’ coupon at checkout.

Pie66: a concept shop by Bucket & Bay Craft Gelato Co

Enjoy a pie for Easter dessert from Pie66. You can even make it A La Mode by adding a scoop of Bucket & Bay Vanilla Gelato. Free delivery to Hoboken and Jersey City. Place your order here.

 

Religious Services

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It helps that in recent weeks churches, synagogues, and mosques have shifted religious services online or taken other steps to continue to reach out to their communities.

Archdiocese of New York

As a measure to help flatten the curve, the Archdiocese has put a ban on in-person celebrations through the Holy Week {Easter}, but they have been posting masses on YouTube for the benefit of the community and anyone else as we go through this together. We’ve been told that if they reach 1,000 subscribers within the next week, they’ll be able to live stream the masses for everyone, starting with Palm Sunday. You can get more information and check out all the different masses available for streaming here.

The American Jewish World Services

The AJWS has free downloadable information from Passover stories for kids to rabbinical commentary. These resources are all free.

UJA of New York

The UJA of New York is also offering resources for families, including giving away 8,300 free pre-made seder meals to those in need, free information on how to celebrate at home, activities for kids, and virtual classes + seminars.

All Saints Episcopal Parish

All Saints is offering weekly virtual church services via Facebook streaming. Some services will also be recorded so you can “attend” virtually at a time that works best for your family. Click here to follow them on Facebook and stay connected via Facebook live.

Make Family Time a Priority

This unusual time gives us the rare opportunity to slow down and really focus on those most important to us. Play games, cook food together, hide Easter baskets {even teens will enjoy this}. Holidays are the perfect time to get out of our PJs and yoga pants — even when you’re staying at home. What we wear affects how we feel, so getting dressed up for a holiday makes the day more special. Plus, you can take some family pictures to remember these moments that you spent together.

It may seem that getting together with extended family just this once won’t hurt anything, but remember — this highly contagious virus should be respected, for everyone’s safety. For now, show your love from a distance with virtual hugs, laughs, and a good meal.

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Morgan is a career copywriter and copy editor with a background in small business marketing. Her professional work has been across many business verticals such as medical, web security, health + wellness, lifestyle, and consumer goods. She also had an original play produced at the Mile Square Theatre in Hoboken in June 2019. When not writing, she can be found in Sephora buying unnecessary amounts of makeup or teaching a yoga class at the Hudson Yoga Project. She works from her home office in Hoboken with her rescue dog Bowie.


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