Are the songs free?
You’re welcome to share these song parodies with your family, friends, and religious congregations. Credit for the lyrics should be given to Barbara Sarshik or anyone else designated as a lyricist. Credit for the graphic design of the songbook and song sheets should be given to Randi Rose.
Did I hear your song parodies on “Saturday Night Seder”?
Yes! My song parodies were performed on “Saturday Night Seder,” the star-studded virtual Passover Seder that premiered on YouTube on April 11, 2020. Rabbi Dana Benson sang a medley of four of my songs at 39:22 minutes into the show.
Are you sure I can’t pay you?
I appreciate your enthusiasm and generosity! In lieu of payment, I’d like to suggest a donation to one of my favorite charities: Temple Rodef Shalom, www.templerodefshalom.org or Feeding America, www.feedingamerica.org.
Who should use these songs?
Anyone who wants to make their Passover Seders livelier and more engaging. These songs appeal to every age group: older kids, 20-somethings, millennials, baby boomers, and seniors. The songs create an inclusive feel for non-Jewish Seder guests. They’ve been a hit in congregational Seders and synagogue music programs. If one of your guests is a karaoke star, assign them a song in advance. If your kids are Broadway-bound, let them entertain your crowd with a song-and-dance routine. They’re great for anyone wanting to mix some new music with traditional favorites. At our Seders, we love to sing both “Dayenu” and “Sweet Kosher Wine.”
Can I work with the entire songbook at my Seder?
Yes. The songbook follows the order of the Seder and the songs are numbered, making the songbook easy to use as you go along. Print out copies of the songbook for your guests and choose specific songs in advance or as you go along. For example, if you want a song about the Hebrews’ slavery, choose any song from numbers 21–26. Before starting our Seder, our Seder leader takes requests from our guests, combines them into a written list, and works them into the service.
Can I choose individual songs?
Yes. Use the song index to find songs that will work best for your particular tastes and Seder. Each song is on an attractively formatted song sheet that you can print out for your guests. It’s easy to find the right song. The index is organized by original title, show or artist, genre, number in the songbook, and theme. Click on the top of any column to find the songs arranged alphabetically and/or by song number.
I don’t know some of these songs. What do you suggest?
Check out the sample recordings posted on the website. You’ll be able to sing along with them. Or listen to a recording of the original song on the internet or a music streaming service. You’ll find that it’s easy to add the parody words to the original tune. If any of your Seder guests plays guitar or any other instrument, ask them to learn a song in advance (it’s easy to find sheet music on the internet) to accompany your Seder guests.
Where else can I find song parodies for Passover?
Lots of creative musicians have written and performed terrific song parodies for Passover. To go beyond these songs, look on the internet to find audio and video recordings and lyric sheets for other songs.
Do you want to hear from me?
Sure. It’s always great to hear from people who have enjoyed these songs at their own Seder. If you have created an audio or video file of any of these songs, please share it with me. And feel free to email me with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How did the song collection develop?
Many people have asked how this collection of song parodies came about. It got started in the late 1980s at our family seder with the “Singin’ in the Rain” parody, performed by my two young daughters in rain slickers and boots. As my family grew, so did the song collection. Family members and a friend have gotten into the act as lyricists.
The song collection has also grown in its reach. Randi Rose, my sister and a talented graphic designer, created the songbook and individual song sheets with their eye-catching graphics. She created the original website, which my son-in-law Ben Honey later took over. My husband, Andy Pike, has provided invaluable lyrical and technical support. Most recently, this website was created by Beth Singer Design and its talented designers, Beth Singer and Amy Billingham. Special appreciation also goes to Janice Zucker, Ed Roberts, and Debbie Tievsky for their audio recordings, as well as to Barbara and Warren Goodman, Bob Suslowitz, and several friends for their video recordings. Thanks to their efforts and word of mouth, the songs have spread to many homes, schools, and synagogues across the nation.
Who are you?
People often wonder about me. I’m a retired attorney living outside of Washington, D.C. I have a terrific family — a husband, two daughters and sons-in-law, and two grandkids. I learned to play the piano from Andre Watts’ piano teacher. I lead sing-alongs for seniors in retirement centers and sing in my synagogue choir. When I grow up, I want to play jazz piano in a dimly lit lounge.