Seder in the Desert


2019 Seder in the Desert – XL

April 26-28
Yucaipa Regional Park


$20 per person for current TBH members;
$30 per person for non-members who are former Seder in the Desert participants.
If going up a day early on Thursday, it is an additional $7 per family member and must be noted on your RSVP.
Everyone must RSVP!

We invite you to a spiritually rewarding, camp experience for Seder in the Desert XL! This is a great time to get away with family and celebrate age-old traditions by making new memories.

CLICK HERE to RVSP and pay before Friday, April 12!


Letter from Rabbi Sarah Hronsky

Seder in the Desert XL is just around the corner in beautiful Yucaipa, California running from April 26-28. The planning process is underway! This should be our biggest adventure yet. Seder in the desert-philes from recent to long past are all invited. All PAST participants are invited and any new ones must be members of TBH. For current TBH members the cost is $20 per person, and for past TBH members and Seder in the Desert participants, it is $30. Yucaipa Regional Parks is no longer able to register our congregation on their own, and we now go through the Parks and Recs Department of the County. The cost to TBH is almost 6x what it used to be five years ago. In addition, if you plan to arrive on Thursday for an extra day/night you need to let me know as you RSVP and pay an additional $7 per person in your family (just to cover our cost). If the cost of participation is too high for you, please let me know directly.

It is a weekend-long program. We do desire individuals to attend the entire weekend. Religious School students receive an excused absence. A few people have let me know that due to physical limitations they need to stay in a hotel. If this is you, please confirm. In addition, Redlands University is graduating that weekend and rooms are limited.

We are truly hoping to have a special shirt for Seder in the Desert XL, and we have only three designs in from the awesome same person. I am happy to go with one of these. However, any other submissions should be turned in to me via email by March 4.

The organizing meeting was held via ZOOM on March 21.  If you missed the meeting, a recording will be made available to you by contacting me.

Past participants, a few things have changed across the years, but the feeling and sense of community remains strong! I will send you a schedule, what to bring, and other important information via email as we get closer.


Below you will find some answers to very common questions:

Q: What exactly IS Seder in the Desert?

A: Seder in the Desert is a Passover tradition that Temple Beth Hillel started doing in 1979 to celebrate Passover. Going to the desert is a very symbolic idea to remember what our ancestors overcame. We decided to put these ideas together and drive out to the desert over Passover weekend, where we camp in a safe, designated campground, observe a Passover Shabbat and Seder and spend time connecting with our families and with each other.


Q: Are there bathrooms?

A: Yes! There are clean bathrooms within a short walking distance from where we set up camp. There is running water too!


Q: Do I HAVE to camp in a tent?

A: You may camp in a tent or, like many families, you can rent an RV for the weekend.


Q: Where exactly IS Seder in the Desert held?

A: Yucaipa State National Park


Q: Are dogs allowed to attend?

A: Pets are allowed on-site as long as they remain on leash and are picked up after.


Q: Do I need to buy a ticket for this event?

A: You do NOT need to purchase a ticket for this event?


Q: I have more questions, but I can not attend the meeting. What can I do?

A: E-mail or set-up an appoint to speak with Rabbi Sarah by calling our main office at (818)763-9148


Q: Where can I rent RV/Trailers?

A: Here are a few commonly used businesses in the area (this is not an endorsement):