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Passover - 5782  2022

The first glimmers of spring premise the arrival of our long-awaited Festival of Freedom.  For many, this will be the first time in years that the holiday will be celebrated amidst friends and family. Recognizing this, TBE’s has decided to focus our Pesach programming on the period before and at the conclusion of the festival, as well as providing resources for our members to create a meaningful festival experience, wherever they may be celebrating.

But before moving on to the details of our programming, let us alert you that for the first time in years, we will be kashering the Temple in anticipation of Passover.  We therefore ask that as of noon on Sunday, April 10 no outside food or beverages, apart from those labelled “Kosher for Passover” be brought into the TBE building.

The kashering of the TBE building will facilitate our gathering on Fri, April 22 for an abbreviated festival evening service followed by a communal dinner (by advanced, pre-paid reservation).  Please get your reservations into the TBE Office by Mon, April 11.  More details and your reservation form are below.

Also due on Mon, April 11 are the documents appointing Rabbi Safman as your agent for the sale of chametz (leavened products).  In this year in which hunger remains a significant problem for so many local residents, we ask that you be generous in your accompanying ma’ot chittin donations.  As an incentive to donate, Rabbi Safman will be matching all contributions towards ma’ot chitin locally with an equal contribution towards refugee relief in and around Ukraine. Sale of Chametz form is found HERE.

Since Pesach preparations have as much to do with our state of mind as the state of our homes, Rabbi Safman will be offering a workshop aimed both at seder leaders and those seeking to infuse their holiday experience with meaning.  “Putting ‘Aggadah’ in the ‘Haggadah’: Creating a Seder Night of Joyful Storytelling” will take place via Zoom on Sunday, April 10 at 4:30 p.m.  See the TBE calendar for the link.

And for those desiring further learning opportunities, isru chag (Sun, Apr 24, on the heels of the holiday) we will be following up on the central role of women in the Passover story by co-hosting an interfaith panel of presenters, including a delegation of religious leaders from Indonesia in discussing the distinctive place of women in Jewish, Christian and Muslim religious life (exact details to follow – Please note this is the same day as the Annual Congregational Meeting).

Speaking of joining forces, on Fri, Apr 15 we will be joining Temple Israel of Scranton for a morning minyan and siyyum (completion of a unit of study) intended to exempt those who are the oldest in their sibling set from having to observe the Fast of the Firstborn.  Please join us via Zoom, using this link (Meeting id: 8348 2703 967, PW: 1921).

Finally, be aware that we will be running a full set of festival morning services on Sat, April 16, Sun, April 17, Fri, April 22 and Sat, April 23 at 10 am (all days)On April 23 will include the recitation of Yizkor (the festival memorial service) at approximately 11:30 a.m.  There will be no festival evening services except on the evening of Fri, April 22 at 6 p.m.

Go to the calendar for a full schedule of Passover services

Communal Passover Meal

Friday, April 22 after services:  ~6:45 PM

Let All Who Are Hungry Come and Eat!

Passover has always been a time to come together around food and shared stories.  So, what better time to revive the TBE tradition of shared community meals?

Passover holiday concept seder plate, matzoh and tulip flowers on wooden background. Top view from above royalty free stock photography

Join us in Pardes Hannah on Friday, April 22 for a Passover-compliant meal following an abbreviated Friday evening service and program (service 6 p.m., dinner ~6:45pm).  The meal will feature a chicken or vegan main course, roast vegetables, roasted potatoes, salad and dessert.  This meal is served outdoors under a tent.

Advanced registration and pre-payment is required and not refundable in case of non-attendance.  Please note, the cost of $18/person for adults (those bar/bat mitzvah and older), $12 for children age 2-12, includes a generous subsidy from the Rabbi’s Hospitality Fund.

To reserve your spot, click HERE.  Please indicate how many members of your party are adults/children and make your entree choices.


Wed, February 1 2023 10 Shevat 5783