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Passover 2021

THIS NIGHT IS TRULY DIFFERENT FROM ALL OTHER NIGHTS
A year ago, we went into Passover with our normal focus on cleaning and gathering for seder eclipsed by the rising pandemic. We have spent much of the last year like the ancient Israelites, huddled in our homes while the angel of death stalked outside. It has been a year of many plagues, not just disease, but also disconnection and distress.


This Passover has new meaning. Our Exodus is by no means complete, but we are beginning to see the first signs of freedom. As I write in February, it is hard to know for sure where we will be in March, but we have cause to be hopeful. We will certainly still have to be prudent about avoiding the giant seders of yesteryear, but perhaps vaccination and fewer cases will
enable us to gather more safely in smaller numbers.

This year has the added wrinkle of Passover taking place on Saturday night. Going from the holiness of Shabbat to the holiness of the holidays changes some aspects of our practice and schedule but does not change our excitement to be heading towards freedom. — Rabbi Joshua Heller


Passover Services

We will be offering Passover services, including Yizkor and the siyyum for the firstborn, online. Click here for a full Passover service schedule.

Click here to read our Passover Guide which has everything you need to prepare for your Saturday night seder.

Shabbat/Passover Siddur Delivery Upon Request: All of our upcoming Passover services will be available via our Virtual Synagogue. If you would like to borrow a siddur and/or Yizkor book for virtual Passover services, we are offering to deliver them to your home. We will loan one siddur and/or one Yizkor book per household and are asking for a donation in honor of the holiday. Please fill out this form to reserve your book(s). We will make arrangements to re-collect siddurim once we are able to come together as a community. We also have a PDF version of the Yizkor book available for download here.

Downloadable Siddurim

  • Morning Services: Click here to access a PDF of the morning service siddur to use during Passover.
  • Afternoon Services: Click here to access a PDF of the afternoon service siddur to use during Passover.
  • Evening Services: Click here to access a PDF of the evening service siddur​​​​​​ to use during Passover.​

 Preparing You for the Passover Experience - Passover Classes for Adults:

Lunch and Learn - 12:00 Gather, 12:15 Learn
Tuesday, March 9 - Saturday Night Fever - The quirks of starting Passover on Saturday night (Led by Rabbi Heller)
Tuesday, March 16 - Why Four Children? Where this idea came from and why it is part of the seder (Led by Rabbi K)
Tuesday, March 23 - Seder Secrets - New insights to add inspiration to you Seder (Led by Rabbi Heller)

Shaleshudis - Study to End Shabbat (class begins 20 minutes after mincha service in the Virtual Synagogue)
Saturday, March 6 6:40 PM - That escalated quickly! Why we ask God to pour out Thy wrath at our seder (Led by Rabbi K)
Saturday, March 13 6:45 PM Plagues and Plagues What we can learn from plagues, ancient and modern (Led by Rabbi Heller)


Prepare for Passover with B'nai Torah!

Virtual Women's Seder Presented by B'nai Torah Sisterhood - Sunday, March 14 at 7:00 PM
Prepare for Passover with your fellow sisters during this special program. Kelly Cohen, from JumpSpark, will be leading a discussion on the idea that Exodus was "a freedom from" to "a freedom to," and building on the idea that you have the freedom to rebuild your life in the way that you want! After the discussion, Cookbook Author, Leah Koenig, will lead us in a delicious charoset cooking demo. Each registration comes with a FREE bottle of kosher wine compliments of the B'nai Torah Sisterhood. Click here to register!

 Virtual and In-Person Men's Seder Presented by B'nai Torah Brotherhood - Wednesday, March 17 at 7:00 PM
Join your fellow brothers for drinks and a delicious dinner catered by Keith's Corner BBQ and a meaningful discussion with Rabbi Heller called "At Passover, No Four is Final." The socially-distanced Seder will take place in the B'nai Torah parking lot and virtually via Zoom. If you choose to join us in person, feel free to bring your tailgate tables and chairs! If you choose to join us virtually, you have the option to pick up your meal in advance and eat with us online. Click here to register!

 ECHAD Pre-Passover Shabbat and Chocolate Toffee Matzah Demo with Cakeology - Friday, March 19 at 5:15 PM
Before Passover begins, come together with your fellow ECHAD families to celebrate Shabbat and learn how to make Chocolate Toffee Matzah with Alli Marbach, the owner of Cakeology! This virtual program will begin with a short, kid-friendly baking demo followed by a family Shabbat celebration. All families with children ages 5 and under are invited! Click here to register!

 Passover Tie-Dye Youth Art Project - Sunday, March 21 from 1:30-2:30 PM in the B'nai Torah Parking Lot
Love arts and crafts? Are you a fan of tie-dye? All families with children in Kindergarten through 7th grade are invited to come to the B'nai Torah parking lot to tie-dye a special accessory for your Passover Seder table! Click here to register!


How to Access Virtual B'nai Torah

Accessing our "Virtual Synagogue": When it is time for the service to begin, visit https://zoom.us/j/8297008085 to enter the Virtual Synagogue. 

For security purposes, our Zoom rooms are private for B'nai Torah members and friends. To request access to our virtual services and classes, please submit this form, and a member of our staff will be in touch with more information. If you are a B'nai Torah Member, please check your email for the password.


Selling Hametz

This year, we are especially reluctant to get rid of any hametz that we have stockpiled. We will not be doing hametz sales in person. Hametz may be sold online here.

You should still search for and destroy any hametz that will not keep through the holiday. While it is traditional to burn it, if this is not feasible, (very) small quantities may be flushed down the toilet. Larger quantities may be thrown away (sprinkle some household cleaner on it, and throw it away).

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. This year more than ever, it is appropriate to give so that others may observe the holiday. You can do so through JF&CS. This group of volunteers coordinates the distribution of food and funds to Jewish families.

Sun, February 28 2021 16 Adar 5781