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Our Passover Story

 

Happy Passover! "In every generation, each of us has to see ourselves as if we left Egypt." See how B'nai Torah youth retell the story in their own voices. Click here to enjoy and share!


Click here to read our Passover Guide for 5779!

 

Click here for the Passover Service Schedule.​

Seder Hosting: We also connect community members who cannot be with family for the holiday so that no one needs to have seder alone. Email Rabbi Heller or Sarah Woelz, and we will make a connection.

Selling Hametz: On Passover, Jews are forbidden from eating, or even owning, hametz: food containing wheat or other grain products that have had an opportunity to ferment or rise. If possible, all hametz should be eaten, destroyed, or given away before the holiday begins. The last option is most preferable in our own city, where there are many who go hungry everyday. However, there is some hametz that would be a hardship to discard, for instance an 18-year-aged single-malt, or a chain of supermarkets. Therefore, it is also possible to store the hametz in a place where it will be out of sight and unused over the course of the holiday and transfer its actual ownership to a non-Jew until the holiday ends. This legal maneuver is not designed as  a "cheap way out" of observing Passover, but rather to make it easier for us to concentrate on the essence of the observance without waste or excessive hardship. Click here to sell your hametz online.

 

Maot Chittim: Maot Chittim, "wheat money," is an ancient tradition in which Jewish people donate money to Jewish people in need in order for them to purchase food for Passover. We read in the Haggadah, "All who are hungry let them enter and eat; all who are in need, let them come celebrate Pesach." Click here to donate to the Maot Chittim group through JF&CS. This group of volunteers coordinates the distribution of food and funds to Jewish families.

Passover 5779 Schedule

Hametz Sale: Click for Hametz Form

Thursday, April 18

Last day to hand in your hametz sale form by 5:00 PM 

After sundown, search for hametz. 
 

EVE OF PASSOVER/ FIRST SEDER

Friday, April 19 

6:40 AM - Siyyum B'chorim - First Born Breakfast Served 

11:25 AM - Last time to eat hametz; hametz will be sold at about this time 

12:31 PM - Last time to get rid of hametz

Mincha/Ma'ariv - Contact Rabbi K (by request only) 

7:53 PM - Candle lighting for FIRST SEDER
 

FIRST DAY OF PASSOVER

Saturday, April 20

9:30 AM - Shacharit (Late Start)

10:30 AM - Youth Services

5:00 PM - Mincha (no Ma'ariv) SECOND SEDER

8:52 PM - Candle lighting, this time or later, from pre-existing flame
 

SECOND DAY OF PASSOVER

Sunday, April 21

No Religious School

9:30 AM - Shacharit (Late Start)

10:30 AM - Youth Services

6:15 PM - Mincha

8:52 PM - End of Yom Tov
 

INTERMEDIATE DAYS OF PASSOVER

Monday, April 22 - Wednesday, April 24

Religious School Tuesday and Wednesday Evenings

6:40 AM - Shacharit

6:15 PM - Mincha
 

EVE OF SEVENTH DAY PASSOVER

Thursday, April 25

6:40 AM - Shacharit

6:15 PM - Mincha

7:59 PM - Candle lighting 
 

SEVENTH DAY OF PASSOVER

Friday, April 26 - Office Closed

9:00 AM - Shacharit

10:30 AM - Youth Services

6:30 PM - Shabbat/Festival Mincha/Ma'ariv

7:59 PM - Candle lighting
 

EIGHTH DAY OF PASSOVER

Saturday, April 27 

9:00 AM - Shacharit including YIZKOR MEMORIAL SERVICE

10:30 AM - Youth Services

5:00 PM - Mincha/Shaleshudis

9:00 PM - End of Passover

9:30 PM - Hametz, which was sold, is repurchased

Thu, July 18 2019 15 Tammuz 5779