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B’nai Israel wishes everyone a meaningful and safe Pesah! Our celebrations will look different this year, but we will continue to tell the story of our exodus from Egypt l’dor v’dor.

Pesah (Passover) 2021

Passover is Zeman Heiruteinu, the Season of Our Freedom from Slavery in Egypt. The highlight of the festival is the Seder, the ritualized “retelling” of the story of the Exodus. We are guided by special songs, foods, and symbols – including matzah (unleavened bread), maror (bitter herbs), haroset (a tasty dish of apples, nuts, and wine), 4 cups of wine, and more. In preparation for the holiday, Jews take special care to clear their houses of hametz (leaven), which cannot be consumed throughout the eight-day festival. The liturgy of the first day of the holiday includes Tefilat Tal, the Prayer for Dew upon the conclusion of the rainy season in Israel. Services on the last day include the Yizkor memorial prayers, and each daily service includes a special Torah reading.

PESAH 2021 resources

minyan resources for pesach 2021

Click for Pesah Torah Readings (readings located at the bottom of page)

SUGGESTED sEDER READINGS AND PRAYERS minyan resources for pesah 2021

Prayer for Hope Written by Naomi Levy

AJC Haggadah Supplement: A Passover Prayer in the Time of Coronavirus

A Special Prayer for Healing at Our Passover Tables Written by Dr. Erica Brown, Director of the Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership at The George Washington University

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Rabbinical Assembly Pesah Guide

Kashrut Recommendations for Passover 5780 in Light of COVID-19

Streaming Seder–CJLS guidelines for streaming of sedarim

SEDER2020: Looking for a Seder? OneTable has created a new site to stream your seder or join a seder. 

Mekhirat Hametz – Selling of Hametz  Click here to grant Rabbi Mitchell Berkowitz permission to sell your hametz on your behalf.

Bedikat Hametz—The Search for Hametz, and Bi’ur Hametz—Burning Hametz

Siyyum Bekhorot—Siyyum for the First-Born

Large Print Haggadot From the Jewish Braille Institute of America

Passover Music by Cantor Josh Perlman 

Online haggadot

For this year’s COVID-19 emergency, Haggadahs-R-Us is offering free downloads of several hagaddot. Click here for more information.

Learn about the history and structure of the Haggadah at MyJewishLearning.com. Check out these online Haggadah resources:

Traditional Haggadah by Rabbi Barry Dov Lerner. Find other Passover materials including song parodies at his site, www.jewishfreeware.org.

Abbreviated Haggadah from Combined Jewish Philanthropies in Boston.

 Make your own Haggadah at haggadot.com.

Feast of Freedom Passover Haggadah The Feast of Freedom is available in full as a free PDF. Print copies may be purchased here.

 

PESAH 2021 WORKSHOPS & EVENTS

We invite you to join us (and view the recordings) for the following workshops and celebrations:

Revisionist History? A Seder Workshop with Rabbi Michael Safra
Wednesday, March 10
7:30 PM
Learn more here.

EPIC Shabbat: Escape from Egypt!
Saturday, March 13
10:15 AM
Learn more here.

Not Your Zeyde’s Passover Seder with B’nai Israel Clergy
Tuesday, March 16
7:30–9:00 PM
Learn more here. Presented by the Workshops Task Force of the Adult Education Committee.

Talmud Torah Pesah Program
Sunday, March 21
9:30–11:30 AM
Learn more here.

Deliver Passover Packages
Sunday, March 21
9:30 AM–12:00 PM
Learn more here.

Bonim & Machar: Chocolate Seder (Grades K–5)
Sunday, March 21
12:30–1:30 PM
Learn more here.

Noar B'Yachad: Passover Program (Grades 7–12)
Tuesday, March 23
6:00–7:45 PM
Learn more here.

Siyyum Bekhorot
Thursday, March 25
8:00 AM
Learn more here.

Scavenger Hunt: Searching for Hametz
Thursday, March 25
7:45 PM
Learn more here.

Sat, January 23 2021 10 Shevat 5781