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Prepare for Pesach

Pre-Passover Adult Learning
Saturday, March 25, 1-2pm, Beit Midrash with Rabbi Rose
Saturday, April 1, 1-2pm, Beit Midrash with Beth Huppin

Join Rabbi Rose and Beth Huppin to prepare for the seder by exploring various texts from the haggadah.

Young Professionals: Get Your Chametz On — Pre-Pesach Shabbat Dinner
Friday, March 31, from 5:30pm
For this potluck Shabbat dinner, make sure you bring *all* the carbs for this carb-loading extravaganza. Gluten-free? No worries, many things that are GF can still be "chametz!" Just bring something fun to celebrate clearing out all the carbs before it's time for all Matzah all the time.
Potluck details and location will be emailed to those who indicate interest using our RSVP form.
Make sure to RSVP.

ExploringJudaism is a digital home for the Torah of Conservative Judaism, embracing the beauty and complexity of Judaism, and our personal search for meaning and learning. There is always something to learn and explore.  Check out the Passover resources including: How to Kasher your Kitchen; and Tips for Passover with Toddlers, Including Non-Jewish Guests at Seder, and more.

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Does Everything Need a Kosher for Passover Certification?

Click here to access the response from Rabbis Ethan Tucker and Avi Killip.

If you have questions about preparing for Passover this year, please contact the rabbis.

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Families & Youth

Young Family Matzah Baking
Sunday, March 26, 4-5pm, CBS Social Hall
Get ready for Passover by baking our own matzah!  While our matzah won’t technically be kosher for Passover, we’ll get the chance to learn about how matzah is made and make our own.  This program is geared for kids ages 0-5ish and their grown-ups (big siblings welcome, too).  Please register here so that we’re set up for the right number of people.

sale of chametz

Sale of Chametz

You can fill out the Chametz form here, and submit it through Shulcloud, or you can print this form, complete it and mail it, drop it off, or fax it to us.

Deadline: Thursday, April 4 at 3:00pm.
Call 206-524-0075 or fax at 206 525-5095 or email Ellis, the rabbi's assistant with any questions.

Passover Schedule

Event Date Time Place Notes
Mekhirat Chametz - Sale of Chametz by Tuesday, 4/4 before 3:00pm   Submit forms to the office by Tuesday, 4/4 at 3:00pm.
Forms can be found in the Ruach, the CBS office, and on the CBS website
Bedikat Chametz -Search for Chametz Tuesday, 4/4 After Dark At Home See instructions at the beginning of the Haggadah.
Ta’anit Bechorim - Fast of the Firstborn     Wed,
Begins at dawn, 5:03am At Home  
Siyum for Ta’anit Bechorim -Fast of the Firstborn  Wed,
7:00am Minyan, Siyum afterwards CBS Beit Midrash with
zoom option
Learn and have breakfast at shul, or eat at home and meet with us virtually.  Get the zoom link from cybershul.
Last Time to Eat Chametz    Wed,
11:00am At Home  Last time to eat chametz before Passover begins.
Biur and Bitul Chametz - Last Time to Destroy and Nullify Chametz Wed,
12:06pm At Home Last time to destroy chametz found while searching and to recite the formula nullifying and declaring any remaining chametz to be ownerless.
  At Home Candlelighting before 7:26pm
First Day Yom Tov & Shabbat Services Thursday, 4/6 9:30am CBS & Livestream  
SECOND NIGHT SEDER    Thursday, 4/6   At Home Candlelighting by transfer from a pre-existing flame after 8:33pm
Sefirat HaOmer begins - Counting of the Omer Thursday, 4/6 Evening - end of seder At Home  As indicated in Passover Haggadah
Second Day Yom Tov Services   Friday,
9:30am CBS & Livestream  
Shabbat Candlelighting Friday, 
before 7:29pm At Home Candlelighting by transfer from a pre-existing flame before 7:29pm
Shabbat Chol Hamoed Pesach Services Saturday,
9:30am CBS & Livestream No Kiddush lunch.
Chol Hamoed Pesach 
Weekday Morning Minyan
Sun,  4/9
Mon, 4/10
Tues, 4/11
CBS Beit Midrash Zoom also available. Get the zoom link from cybershul.
Chol HaMoed Pesach
Monday Evening Minyan   
7:30pm CBS & Zoom Get the zoom link from cybershul.
Erev Seventh Day Pesach Tues,
  At Home Candlelighting before 7:35pm
Seventh Day Yom Tov Services Wed,
9:30am CBS & Livestream  
Erev Eighth Day Pesach Wed,
  At Home Candlelighting by transfer from a pre-existing flame before 8:43pm
Eighth Day Yom Tov Services with Yizkor   Thurs,
9:30am CBS & Livestream  
End of Passover Thurs,
Re-Buying of Chametz    Thurs,
9:00pm   You may now eat chametz sold by CBS



We are not doing pot and utensil kashering in the CBS kitchen this year.  If you have questions about kashering for Pesach, please ask the rabbis. 

Mekhirat Chametz - Selling of Chametz
Thursday, April 4, by 3:00pm

Any chametz not consumed, burned or otherwise disposed of prior to Passover must be sold to a non-Jew who will own it during Pesach. In order to ensure compliance with the details of the law, Rabbi Borodin will act as our agent for the sale. If you would like Rabbi Borodin to serve as your agent, you must complete the “Sale of Chametz” form and return to Ellis Engbar or Rabbi Borodin by Tuesday, April 4 at 3:00pm.

Bedikat Chametz - Search for Chametz
Tuesday, April 4, after dark, at home

The search is usually performed the night before Pesach. It is customarily done with a candle, feather and wooden spoon.  Chametz which is found (except that which may be specifically set aside for use before Pesach), is put aside until the morning for burning.  (See the beginning of the Haggadah for the liturgy for bedikat chametz).

Ta'anit Bekhorim and Siyum- Fast of the Firstborn and Learning Celebration
Wednesday, April 5, in the CBS Beit Midrash or on Zoom

Minyan: 7:00-7:40am
Siyum &  Breakfast: 7:40-8:15am
The fast applies to the firstborn child of a mother or a father, and begins at dawn (5:03am this year). It is customary, after Shacharit, to have a siyum, completion of study of a section of rabbinic literature, followed by a seudat mitzvah, a meal accompanying the performance of a mitzvah. All firstborn in attendance are then permitted to eat for the rest of the day. This year, Rabbi Rose will lead us in a siyum of Tractate Gittin.
If you're joining us virtually, please use the morning minyan zoom link from cybershul.

Biur and Bitul Chametz - Destroying and Nullifying of Chametz
Wednesday, April 5

Dispose of the chametz found the previous night during bedikat chametz and recite the formula for nullifying chametz (found in the beginning of the Haggadah).

Passover Home Rituals

Birkat Hamazon during Passover
It is traditional to use either your haggadot or benchers only used at Passover (not the rest of the year) for birkat hamazon during Passover to avoid being exposed to possible chametz in the regular bencher. We add ya’aleh v’yavo for every day of Passover.  On days 1, 2, 7 and 8 we also add the harachaman for Yom Tov.

First And Second Days Of Pesach

Candlelighting + Eruv Tavshilin
On the first and second nights of Pesach (Wednesday, April 5 and Thursday, April 6), we recite the blessings “Baruch atah...le’hadlik ner shel Yom Tov” and “shehecheyanu” (p. 718/303 of Siddur Sim Shalom).  On the second night, candles should not be lit until the end of the first day of Yom Tov, and we do not light a match but transfer the fire to the candles from an existing flame.  Likewise, when lighting Shabbat candles on Friday, April 7, we light from a pre-existing flame (before Shabbat begins).  Therefore, when you light yom tov candles on  Wednesday, make sure that you have a fire burning that will last until after dark on Friday.  A burning candle that lasts for more than 25 hours or a pilot light on a gas range (not a gas range with an electronic starter) works well for this purpose.  Additionally, since cooking on yom tov is permissible for food that will be eaten that day only, it is traditional to prepare an eruv tavshilin before yom tov to enable cooking for Shabbat (p. 716/306 Of Siddur Sim Shalom).

There are festive meals for dinner (i.e. seder) and lunch on each of the first two days of Pesach. At each meal, 
kiddush is recited and hamotzi is made over matzah. Details regarding evening kiddush are fully set forth in the Haggadah; please note that kiddush on the second night includes havdalah.  The daytime kiddush can be found on page 746/335 in Siddur Sim Shalom; please note that the additions for Shabbat are included on the first day of Pesach (Saturday, April 16).

Seventh And Eighth Days Of Pesach

On the seventh and eighth nights of Pesach (Tuesday, April 11 and Wednesday, April 12), we recite “Baruch atah...le’hadlik ner shel Yom Tov”, but we do not recite “shehecheyanu.”  
On the eighth night, we do not light a match but transfer the fire to the candles from an existing flame.  When you light candles on Tuesday, make sure that you have a fire burning that will last until after candlelighting time on Wednesday.

There are festive meals for dinner and lunch on each of the final two days of Pesach. At each meal, kiddush is recited and hamotzi is made over matzah.  On the seventh and eighth nights we recite the evening festival kiddush with the insertion for Pesach. The daytime kiddush can be found on page 746/335 of Siddur Sim Shalom. 

Order Fair Trade Kosher for Passover Chocolate Through CBS

Passover is the holiday of freedom from slavery, and so we are very pleased to be partnering with Ahavat v'Avodat HaAdama (AAA, Beth Shalom's environmental group) in our fundraiser selling Fair Trade, Organic, Kosher for Passover Chocolate.

While chocolate is often sourced from producers with exploitative labor practices, Equal Exchange Chocolate works closely with farmers to give them fair wages and build up their communities. Choose from chocolate bars and chocolate chips to make your Passover baked goods more festive and your Passover snacking more delicious.

We are offering the entire selection of Equal Exchange Kosher for Passover Chocolates, and all funds raised will go to the continued efforts of AAA. Find the chocolate order form heremake your selections of chocolate, and make sure to indicate when you will be able to pick it up. We are so delighted to be able to provide this service for our community this year!

Chocolate Bars are $4 each, Chocolate Baking Chips are $6 each, Minis are 2 for $1 and 5 for $2. 
We will be coordinating the bulk order directly from Equal Exchange, and chocolates will be available for delivery (for a $10 fee to cover shipping and handling) or pickup at Congregation Beth Shalom.

Make sure to complete your order NO LATER THAN March 23rd. Any orders received after this date cannot be guaranteed, and will not be processed.

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