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Scavenger Hunt: Searching for Hametz

Thursday, March 25, 2021 12 Nisan 5781

7:15 PM - 8:15 PM

Passover requires preparation! Once we clear all of the hametz from our homes we complete a ritual search for any crumbs and pieces left behind. Bedikat hametz, or the search for leavened bread, typically takes place the night before Erev Passover. When Passover falls on Saturday night, we do the search on Thursday evening.

Join us for a family-friendly virtual scavenger hunt where you will help Rabbi Berkowitz find all of the hametz in his house! Sarah Jarvis, Director of Youth Engagement, will help lead the search on Zoom. 


Bedikat hametz, or “the search for leavened bread,” typically takes place the night before Erev Passover. When Passover falls on Saturday night, as it does this year, we search on Thursday evening. The search for leavened bread takes place this year on Thursday evening, March 25, after sunset.

Members of the family, equipped with a lighted candle, go from room to room gathering crumbs of bread to ensure that the house has been cleansed of all hametz. Many families have a custom of hiding pieces of bread in order to guarantee that something may be found. 

On Saturday, March 27 (Erev Passover), hametz cannot be eaten after 11:06 AM. Hametz is to be destroyed by 12:07 PM. No hametz is to be consumed after that time, for the duration of the holiday.

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