Beginning Friday night, Jews all over the world will gather in their homes, surrounded by family and friends. We will sit down at tables large and small, filled to overflowing with food and plastic frogs, and speak, or read, or sing the familiar words: “Mah nishtana halailah hazeh mikol haleilot? – Why is this night different from all other nights?”
The festival of Pesach, known in English as Passover, is our holiday of freedom. Celebrated each spring, Passover reminds us of the blossoming possibilities ahead, as we emerge from the cold, flowerless winter months. Passover begins under the full moon and continues for a week of song, worship, meals and storytelling. We hope your telling of the ancient story is filled with family, friends and community.
Before you head to your seder, welcome in Shabbat with services at 5:00 pm at Temple Beth El. We promise to keep it short and sweet!
Shabbat & Festival Morning Service: 11:00 am in Blumenthal Sanctuary with B’nei Mitzvah.
Community Seder & Families with Young Children Seder happening (with prior RSVP).
Festival Morning Service with Yizkor at 11:00 am in Archer Chapel.
Looking for resources? Use these links to enliven your Passover Celebration:
- Passover History, Customs, Rituals and Blessings – the big kahuna – this site has links not only for customs and rituals, but quizzes and recipes. If you’ve ever wondered, “IS this kosher for Passover??”, click here.
- Family Activities – including but not limited to printable coloring pages, activities to help you ask the four questions, and ways to decorate your matzah
- PJ Library – Ideas for Children 6 and Under – “You’re going to need snacks. Really good snacks.”
- NY Times Passover Table – Almond Cake with Cardamom and Pistachio, Coconut Macaroon and Mango Bombe, and the list goes on!
- Social Justice on Passover – Let My People Stay!
- Create and Print Your Own Haggadah
- HIAS Haggadah
- Hamilton Haggadah
- American Jewish World Service Seder
- Unique Haggadot for any seder
- ARZA Haggadah – Reform Jews for Israel
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