First Night Seder on Monday, April 10, 2017, and Pesach ends at Sunset on April 17 (April 18 for those observing 8 days)
Pesach, known as Passover in English, is a major Jewish spring festival, commemorating the Exodus from Egypt over 3,000 years ago. The ritual observance of this holiday centers around a special home service called the seder (meaning "order") and a festive meal; the prohibition of chametz (leaven); and the eating of matzah (an unleavened bread). On the fifteenth day of Nisan in the Hebrew calendar, Jews gather with family and friends in the evening to read from a book called the haggadah, meaning "telling," which contains the order of prayers, rituals, readings and songs for the Passover seder. Today, the holiday is a celebration of freedom and family.
Jews around the world hold seders in their homes, but they also visit the synagogue to recite special psalms for the holiday. At Judea Reform, we hold two services at Pesach: the first day of Pesach is a festival service, the last day of Pesach is a Yizkor service to remember the people we love who have died.
Judea Reform will be KOSHER FOR PESACH throughout the holiday. The following food items arenot allowed in the buildings during this time:
- Leavened bread, cakes, biscuits, crackers, cookies (toast, muffins, bagels, etc.)
- Rice and legumes
- Coffees containing cereal derivatives
- Wheat, barley, oats, spelt, rye (e.g., granola bars)
- All liquids containing ingredients or flavors made from grain alcohol
How will we be celebrating the holiday at Judea Reform? Check back here for more information throughout the year.