PESACH 2020 - all the information you will need


Freedom From All That Ails – A Passover Pandemic Class

Sunday, April 5th from 6:30PM – 7:30PM (Join using this Zoom link) Meeting ID: 228715947 

Tuesday, April 7th from 10AM – 11AM (Join using this Zoom link) Meeting ID: 228715947 

Join Rabbi Orrin as we discuss how this Passover can grant us a greater sense of freedom than ever before, in spite of being trapped in self-quarantine. What does freedom really look like for us in the year 2020? We’ll be examining some famous sections of the Haggadah, their origins, and we’ll discuss why questions will ultimately lead us to redemption. This will be a highly accessible lesson, where we’ll discuss interesting topics to bring to your Seder! Looking forward to seeing you there!

Virtual Seder Webinar with Hazzan Sheldon Levin and Hazzan Marcey Wagner

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 1:00 PM ET (join using this Zoom link) Meeting ID: 217011272

Being confined to our homes brings with it a special kind of challenge for tens of thousands of Jews all over the world: how to actually lead a seder and where to find resources online. In this highly accessible webinar, attendees will learn how to use online resources to customize their family or community’s seder.

Maot Chittim and Selling of Chametz Forms

The Festival of Pesach provides us with an opportunity to perform TWO special Mitzvot. Please take a moment to complete the TWO forms below and return them to my attention at your earliest convenience. May this Pesach truly be a time of freedom, health, and prosperity for all!

Online Haggadot

Online Passover Resource Collections

Solo Seder Ideas

Bedikat + Biur Chametz

Bedikat Chametz is a wonderful ritual that your family can participate in on the day before Passover. It is a wonderful way to symbolically prepare yourself for the start of the holiday. In preparation for Passover, our homes are cleaned and all of the chametz, leavened bread, has been removed or stored away. A parent hides small pieces of bread throughout the house and a child (or children) are required to “search and destroy.”  The traditional tools include a feather, wooden spoon and candle.

Here’s how Bedikat Chametz is done:

• On the night before the first Seder (this year, on Tuesday, April 7th) at some point after sundown, someone hides ten (or so) pieces of Chametz (pieces of bread, crackers, etc.) around the house. The “searchers” should not see where the pieces are hidden.

• Each searcher is armed with a wooden spoon, candle and feather (customary, but not necessary). The candle is lit (a flashlight works well with younger children).

• Conduct the search, using a candle (or flashlight) to illuminate areas. When a piece is found, sweep it onto the wooden spoon using the feather, and then deposit it into a container (paper bag). Be sure to collect all pieces that are hidden.

• After the search is concluded, the bi’ur chametz prayer is recited. The bag of bread is either burned (traditionally) or disposed of.

Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech ha-olam asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu al bi’ur chametz. 

ברוך אתה יהוה אלהינו מלך העולם אשר קדשנו במצותיו וצונו על ביעור חמץ

Praised are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the universe, Who sanctifies us with mitzvot and commands us to burn chametz.