Documenting Pesach in Iowa 2020/5780

Help the Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines and The Iowa Jewish Historical Society preserve this historical Pesach by submitting what your Seder looks like this year. Whether it be through a photo, video or written words, we want to collect documentation of how our community, across Iowa, celebrated Pesach this year.

By participating in this project, The Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines and The Iowa Jewish Historical Society obtain the right to use and publish these materials for future projects. Each submission will be screened for appropriateness. All submissions should be uploaded to the IJHS DropBox folder below.

Help for Recording with Zoom

We anticipate many families using the video conferencing application Zoom to connect virtually for their Seders. In order to assist in ensuring a recording, please follow these instructions. Once the call has started, simply press the record button. If your call has successfully started recording, you will see a blinking red light in the upper left of the screen. Once you are finished, you should press the record button again to stop the recording.

Submission Guidelines

Since the purpose of collecting these moments is for historical record, we are asking that any video or picture submission be accompanied by a text document with a related file name. Please follow these guidelines for information to be included.

For Photos:

  • Submitters first and last name, and contact information (either email or phone number)
  • Who is in the picture (first and last names, relationship to each other)
  • Where the picture was taken (city and state)
  • When the picture was taken (date)
  • How was the Seder accomplished? (over a video chat service, just those in the picture, over the phone, etc.)

For Videos:

  • Submitters first and last name, and contact information (either email or phone number)
  • Who is in the video (first and last names)
  • Where the video was taken (city and state)
  • When the video was taken (date)
  • How was the Seder accomplished? (over a video chat service, just those in the picture, over the phone, etc.)

For Written Documents:

  • Submitters first and last name, and contact information (either email or phone number)
  • Who was at the Seder (first and last names, relationship to each other)
  • Where did the Seder take place (city and state)
  • When did the Seder take place (date)
  • Explanation of how this Seder is different than Seders in years past, of the community or world during this time, etc.