Passover

At Central Synagogue

Passover 2021

We can’t wait to celebrate Passover with you. Please check our virtual site for all our exciting events for the community, adults, and families.

Four Questions For Passover Seder

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Join With Your Central Community for One of Three Virtual Passover Seders

Saturday, March 27, 2021

  • Community Seder (Open to All Members)
    Led by Cantor Dan Mutlu and Rabbi Sarah Berman
    6:00 pm
  • Family Seder (Families With Kids K–6)
    Led by Rabbi Rebecca Rosenthal and Jeremy Sipe
    5:00 pm
  • Tot Seder (Families With Kids 5 and Under)
    Led by Rabbi Dan Ross and Shira Kobren Wasserman
    4:30 pm
    Resources for Central’s Early Childhood Virtual Seder

    *All seders will be streamed to Facebook Live. Members can refer back to the their email to register via Zoom for a more interactive experience.

Resources for Central’s Early Childhood Virtual Seder

About the Holiday

Passover (Pesach in Hebrew), is a seven day, spring time festival commemorating the story of the Jews’ exodus from slavery in Egypt to redemption in the Holy Land of Israel. The holiday begins on the 15th day of Nisan in the Hebrew calendar, with a special service at home called a seder (meaning “order”), where we re-tell the story of our journey from bondage to liberation using a book called the haggadah (meaning “telling”). The seder includes a festive meal featuring many symbolic foods to help tell the story. Throughout the seven days of Passover, we are prohibited from eating chametz (leavened products) as a reminder of our hurried escape from Egypt when there was not even enough time to wait for bread to rise. Instead of eating bread, we traditionally eat matzah (unleavened bread).

On Passover, we are commanded to view ourselves as having been personally delivered from Egypt. In this spirit, the holiday provides us with an opportunity to stand with those who still suffer under the bondage modern day slavery. While we tend to think of slavery as a thing of the past, it persists all around us today. Visit truah.org and download their haggadah focused on fighting modern slavery and use it at your seder or incorporate readings into your own haggadah. You can also visit slaveryfootprint.org, take a short online survey, and learn just how many slaves you have “working for you,” making the clothes you wear or harvesting the vegetables you eat. At this time when we celebrate the freedom of our people, let us not forget that there are still those who remain enslaved. Rabbi Buchdahl speaks eloquently about this in the clip above. In the clip below Rabbi Buchdahl and Cantor Cadrain combine the Passover favorite Dayeinu (“it would have been enough”) with the spiritual “O Freedom” as a way of connecting the Jewish community with all who have suffered from oppression and bondage.

Visit Reformjudaism.org for more great Passover resources including recipes, family activities, and an interactive Seder plate.

Passover at Central Synagogue

We celebrate Passover with a festival morning service on the first day and a community seder on the first night. On the seventh day of Passover, we come together again for a festival morning that also includes a yizkor (memorial) service – an opportunity to remember and reflect on the lives of those who have passed away.

Passover 2021

March 27–April 4

For a list of other seders in the New York area, please visit the UJA-Federation of New York website.

Haggadot for Visually Impaired

The Jewish Braille Institute, International offers free large print Haggadot for the visually impaired.
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