This collection is the work of many hands. We are deeply grateful to Hebrew College President Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, who encouraged and supported us in conceptualizing and bringing this Passover Companion to light. We would like to thank Rabbi Shayna Rhodes (Hebrew College Rabbinical School, 2008) and Dr. Abigail Gillman who helped us to further define the project. We would also like to thank Anita Rabinoff Goldman, who generously donated the cover art and picture from her magnificent quilt project, titled “Seeing Torah: A Visual Midrash.”

We are grateful to the marketing department of Hebrew College— Sydney Gross, Emily Hoadley, and Wendy Linden—who helped us to shepherd this Companion through its final stages of publication, and are especially grateful to Emily for her artistic vision. Our thanks to Rabbi Susan Fendrick for her timely copy editing of the entire collection. We are grateful to Judith’s husband, Bill, her son, Tom, and her daughter-in-law, Kathy, for enhancing this volume with their special contributions

We are fortunate to be blessed with such wonderful authors, who unhesitatingly contributed to this volume. Thank you!

We are grateful to you, our readers, for joining with us in honoring Judith Kates by entering into this journey through the seder.