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Passover Programming

Resources for Passover

  • Beth Shalom participated in a project to make a new edition of Mishael Zion’s Halaila Hazeh Israeli Haggadah available for bereaved Israeli families.  As part of that project, we have received access to a new seder supplement (in English) for 2024.  You can download it here.

  • The Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, home of the Masorti Schechter Rabbinical Seminary in Israel has provided a few new resources for this year.  

    The Seder Supplement created by Rabbi Chaya Rowen Baker and many others contains poems and ideas which you can use at the Seder this year as we all deal with the challenges of the war, the hostages and global antisemitism. 

    What lessons can we learn from the Haggadah this year” by Rabbi David Golinkin, which is scheduled to appear in The Jerusalem Post Pesah Magazine on April 21st.

  • A resource page from UnXeptable for ways to include the heartbreak we are feeling in this year's Passover Seder is available at this link

  • Tru-ah, the rabbinic call for human rights, has a Passover supplement at this link.

  • Kashering Your Kitchen: Introduction
    Kashering for Pesach can be intense - but it should also be deeply meaningful. Rabbi Ethan Tucker, Rosh Yeshiva of Hadar, takes you through every step of this journey through your kitchen (click here). To get started kashering, follow these three rules: be prepared, be safe, and finish by the morning of Erev Pesach.

  • 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.

  • If you haven't found exactly what you want in a Haggdah, consider creating a customized Haggadah with

  • Seder Matches
    Every year, we do our best to make sure that Beth Shalom members have a seder to go to, but we can only do that with your help.  If you can accommodate an extra guest or two (or more!) at your seder table, please let us know here. 
    And if you’re a Beth Shalom member looking for a place to go, please let us know before April 15, at this link.

Learn about the Haggadah with Rabbi Borodin
Shabbat, 3/23, at 1pm (following Kiddush lunch)

Explore contemporary new supplements created special for this year as well as studying a segment of the traditional Haggadah.

Seder Leading Workshop
Wednesday, March 27

Whether you are leading a seder for the first time, are a long-time seder leader looking to mix things up, or anywhere in between, join us for this workshop. CBS members (and superstar seder leaders) Karin and Michael Madwed will be sharing their tips and tricks leading a meaningful and engaging seder for participants of all ages and backgrounds. We hope that you'll leave this session with new and creative ideas, and with the confidence that you're ready to lead a great seder!


Sacred Cycles of Time: Hasidic Teachings on Purim, Pesach, and Shavuot with Rabbi Fern Feldman

Reading Hassidic texts, supplemented with background from Tanakh, Midrash, and Kabbalah, we will explore how to ride the waves of sacred time through the major spring holidays, allowing us to interweave our own journeys with the journeys of our people, the earth, and the flow of divine presence. This course will be in-person, in the CBS Beit Midrash. 

Purim: Wednesday, 3/20, 7-8pm 
Pesach: Wednesday, 4/10, 7-8pm 
Shavuot: Wednesday, 6/5, 7-8pm  


Pre-Yizkor Cemetery Visit
Sunday, April 28, 2024

Join Rabbi Borodin at the Beth Shalom Cemetery (3601 Alaska Road, Brier) for a very brief service in memory of loved ones before Yizkor at the end of Passover.  There will also be a chance to learn about Jewish cemeteries in general, and how to read a gravestone.  This program is intended for folks visiting loved ones buried in the Beth Shalom cemetery, thinking of loved ones buried elsewhere, or just interested in learning more about Jewish cemeteries (and Beth Shalom's in particular).

More information and registration here.

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

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Families & Youth

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: Sunday, April 21 at 12:00pm.
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 Sunday, 4/21 before noon   Submit forms to the office by Sunday, 4/21 at noon.
Forms can be found in the Ruach, the CBS office, and on the CBS website
Bedikat Chametz -Search for Chametz Monday, 4/22 After Dark At Home See instructions at the beginning of the Haggadah.
Ta’anit Bechorim - Fast of the Firstborn     Monday,
Begins at dawn, 4:21am At Home  
Siyum for Ta’anit Bechorim -Fast of the Firstborn  Monday,
7:00am Minyan, Siyum afterwards CBS Beit Midrash Learn and have breakfast at shul.  
Last Time to Eat Chametz    Monday,
10:47am At Home Last time to eat chametz before Passover begins
Biur and Bitul Chametz - Last Time to Destroy and Nullify Chametz Monday,
11:56am 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 7:51pm
First Day Yom Tov  Services Tuesday, 4/23 9:30am CBS Sanctuary Livestream also available. No Kiddush lunch.
SECOND NIGHT SEDER    Tuesday, 4/23   At Home Candlelighting by transfer from a pre-existing flame after 8:53pm
Sefirat HaOmer begins - Counting of the Omer Tuesday, 4/23 Evening - end of seder At Home  As indicated in Passover Haggadah
Second Day Yom Tov Services   Wed,
9:30am CBS Sanctuary Livestream also available. No Kiddush lunch.
Shabbat Candlelighting Friday, 
before 7:57pm At Home  
Shabbat Chol Hamoed Pesach Services Saturday,
9:30am CBS Sanctuary Livestream also available. No Kiddush lunch. Babysitting in room 4/5 from 9:45am - end of services.
Chol Hamoed Pesach 
Weekday Morning Minyan
Thur, 4/25
Fri, 4/26
Sun, 4/28
CBS Beit Midrash  
Erev Seventh Day Pesach Sun, 4/28   At Home Candlelighting before 8:00pm
Seventh Day Yom Tov Services Mon, 
9:30am CBS Sanctuary Livestream also available. No Kiddush lunch.
7th Day Pesach Monday Evening Minyan Mon,
7:30pm CBS Sanctuary  
Erev Eighth Day Pesach Mon,
  At Home Candlelighting by transfer from a pre-existing flame after 9:02pm
Eighth Day Yom Tov Services with Yizkor   Tues,
9:30am CBS Sanctuary Livestream also available. No Kiddush lunch. Babysitting in room 4/5 from 10:30am - end of services.
End of Passover Tues,
Re-Buying of Chametz    Tues,
9:15pm   You may now eat chametz sold by CBS

Information for non-members:

Attending services: All Yom Tov services are open to the public. For security reasons, we ask that non-members looking to attend services fill out THIS FORM ahead of Yom Tov to let us know you will be attending.

Livestreaming: If you would like to livestream services, please contact the front office ahead of Yom Tov for the streaming link. Note that we do not monitor emails on Shabbat or Yom Tov.



Mekhirat Chametz - Selling of Chametz
Sunday, April 21, by noon

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 Sunday, April 21 at noon.

Bedikat Chametz - Search for Chametz
Sunday, April 21, 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
Monday, April 22, in the CBS Beit Midrash

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 (4:21am 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 Taanit.

Biur and Bitul Chametz - Destroying and Nullifying of Chametz
Monday, April 225

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 (Monday, April 22 and Tuesday, April 23), 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. Therefore, when you light yom tov candles on  Monday, make sure that you have a fire burning that will last until after dark on Tuesday.  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.  

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. 

Seventh And Eighth Days Of Pesach

On the seventh and eighth nights of Pesach (Sunday, April 28 and Monday, April 29), 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 Sunday, make sure that you have a fire burning that will last until after candlelighting time on Monday.

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. 

Fair Trade Kosher for Passover Chocolate 

Support Beth Shalom's Ahavat v'Avodat HaAdama (AAA) environmental group by purchasing Fair-Trade, Organic, Kosher for Passover Chocolate! Learn more about Equal Exchange here. 

The deadline to order has now passed. We are organizing a bulk order directly through Equal Exchange and any surplus will be available for sale via the form provided below. 

Place your order
More information about the chocolate's kosher certification can be found on the order form.

Chocolates can be picked up at CBS between April 15th and April 22nd, during business hours (9 AM to 5 PM from Monday to Friday, and 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM on Sundays). 

This Passover, consider incorporating materials from Mazon - A Jewish Response to Hunger into your seder.
Add a 5th Question 
Each Passover we retell the defining story of our people: our exodus from Egypt. It’s a story of wealth and want, of an individual and of a community, of justice denied and justice prevailing.  How will we retell the story of this past year, and all it has wrought?
L’dor v’dor, from generation to generation, we will remember and retell how a plague of disease begat a plague of inequity, and we will respond, together.
Make a donation to Mazon to support the creation of programs and policies that increase access to food for those who need it. Donations made with your Hametz Sale will be forwarded to Mazon. 
Make a donation to Jewish Family Service  to  support the Kosher Food Bank as well as JFS' refugee resettlement efforts. 

Fri, April 19 2024 11 Nisan 5784