"Over the decades, from the earliest Providence Katz family seders at the home of my grandparents, Mollie and Harry Katz, with its eleven participants and the iconic Maxwell House haggadah, to the most recent seder…our choices of haggadah have evolved…and expanded.”
From Ruth Page’s “Evolution of the Katz Family Seder,” The Jewish Voice
In 2009 my family started the tradition of writing the name of whoever has that Maxwell House Haggadah that seder on the inside flap of the book. It’s really nice to be able to look back at the people who used the same Haggadah in years past!
Friday night, when President Obama joins Jewish guests for a Passover Seder in the White House, he’ll be holding a ritual handbook that’s in millions of U.S. Jewish homes — the Maxwell House Haggadah.
Yes, the coffee company publishes America’s most long standing and popular booklet (haggadah) of prayers, reading and commentary for the ceremonial meal in which Jews retell the story of the exodus from Egypt — freedom from bondage at God’s hand.
Decades ago, Maxwell House wanted to convey that its product was kosher, acceptable under Jewish dietary laws, for the holiday. Jewish homes have piles of these haggadahs, pulled out of the cupboard once a year.
So do trade up from the Maxwell House version. Those gathered around your Seder table will thank you. And while you’re at it, trade up from the Maxwell House coffee, too. A meal celebrating freedom ought to end with freshly ground beans.
What makes this blog different than all other blogs?
Started in 2012, the Maxwell House Haggadah Project is a social media initiative and virtual exhibition that collects photos, memories and stories about the Maxwell House Haggadah. We welcome all submissions, including photos of grocery store Maxwell House Haggadah displays, recollections or images of the Maxwell House Haggadah "in action" during your family's celebration of Passover over the years, etc.
You can submit your entries here on the blog or by emailing email@example.com. We look forward to sharing your stories and thank you for your participation!
**this blog is not affiliated with maxwell house coffee, kraft foods or the joseph jacobs advertising agency**