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Pesach at Judea Reform

Pesach begins at sundown on Friday, April 15, 2022.

There will be no Shabbat Services Friday, April 15th.

Pesach Eisman Gift Shop Sale

Friday, April 8 from 11am-5pm
Sunday, April 10 from 9:30am-11:30am

We are having a Pesach Eisman Gift Shop Sale.
Lots of discounts. Come shop for beautiful seder plates, Passover items for kids, Afikoman presents, Yizkor & Shabbat candles, Haggadot, and a delicious selection of kosher for Passover sweet treats.
We will follow COVID safety protocols: proof of vaccines and indoor masks.


Takeout Pesach Meal & Seder Plate from Mookie's Deli

Order by: Friday, April 8th at 4:00pm
Pick up at JRC: Friday, April 15th 2:30-3:30pm

Get your seder plate and Passover meals to go!  Nuts to Soup, and Beitza to Zeroa. We are delighted to work with Mookie's again this year to provide easy curbside pickup of  Passover meals and seder plates for the first night of Passover, Friday, April 15th (pickup at 2:30pm). Order by April 8th.  Register here to get all ordering information.


Welcome a Guest:

Have a Seat at Your Seder Table?

Are you gathering in-person this Pesach? Do you have an extra seat at your table for a JRC congregant looking for a Seder? Are you looking to be that guest? Get in touch with our membership chair, Lisa Josephs, at We will see if we can match between seders with empty seats and people who can fill them.


B'yachad: Pesach for the Generations

Sunday, April 10th, 9:30-12:30 pm, in person

Families, come join our Religious School for this interactive family Pesach program for kids and adults.



Jewish for Good's:
Chaverim Live & Virtual Seder

Wednesday, April 13th from 11am-12pm, online

Rabbi Soffer will lead this community, ZOOM Seder with Jewish for Good. This will be a one-hour interactive, song-filled Seder. RSVP to Jordana Brown at Jewish for Good at or 919-354-4924. This Seder will be recorded and available for usage for JRC congregants.


Pesach Torah Study & Minyan

Saturday, April 16 at 9am, online

Led by Rabbi Soffer, there will be a short Kaddish service at the beginning of online Torah study on Saturday morning April 16 at 9 am, during which you can be assured of a minyan to be with you when your loved one's name is read and you recite the mourners' prayer. Register at this Zoom link.


Open Ark & Yizkor Service for Mourners

Friday April 22th, 4:30-5:30  in the Sanctuary
Friday April 22th, 5:30-6:00 in the Sanctuary

The Judea Reform Sanctuary will be open to mourners, 4:30-5:30pm on Friday, April 22 for those who wish to have some quiet time in front of the ark or to sit in contemplation in sacred space. Comforting music will be provided by Judea Reform Congregants. Our Pesach Yizkor service, led by Rabbi Soffer, will begin at 5:30pm. At the conclusion of the service we will transition into our 6:00pm Erev Shabbat service, also led by Rabbi Soffer.



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.

Learn more about Pesach by clicking here.

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.)
  • Cereal
  • Coffees containing cereal derivatives
  • Wheat, barley, oats, spelt, rye (e.g., granola bars)
  • All liquids containing ingredients or flavors made from grain alcohol

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