Passover

Passover

Passover (Pesach in Hebrew) is a major Jewish spring festival, celebrating freedom and family as we remember the Exodus from Egypt more than 3,000 years ago. The main observances of this holiday center around a special home service called the seder (meaning “order”), which includes a festive meal; the prohibition on eating chametz (food made with leavened grains, including wheat, barley, rye, oats, and spelt); and the eating of matzah (an unleavened bread made specially for Passover).

On the 15th day of Nisan in the Hebrew calendar, Jews gather with family and friends in the evening to read from a book called the Haggadah, meaning “telling,” which contains the order of prayers, rituals, readings, and songs for the Passover seder. The Haggadah helps us retell the events of the Exodus, so that each generation may learn and remember this story that is so central to Jewish life and history.

Passover is celebrated for either seven or eight days, depending on family and communal custom. In Israel and for most Reform Jews around the world, Pesach is seven days, but for many other Jews, it is eight days.

Passover at BKB

BKB’S 2022/5782 ANNUAL COMMUNITY SEDER
THIS YEAR MULTI-ACCESS:
AN IN-PERSON SEDER AT BKB AND
STREAMING ON ZOOM AND FACEBOOK LIVE
SATURDAY, APRIL 16, 6:00 PM

 Join Rabbi Alan Henkin and BKB Soloist
Fran Beckerman for a festive community seder.

 FOR THE IN-PERSON SEDER AT BKB:

  • Space is limited to 48BKB member households will receive priority if member RSVP’s by March 31. RSVP deadline for all is April 8. RSVP to BKB ONLY by emailing bkbav@bkbav.org – YOU WILL RECEIVE A REPLY EMAIL AS TO WHETHER OR NOT YOUR RESERVATION REQUEST WAS ACCEPTED.
  • Wearing masks indoors during services, classes and meetings is strongly recommended but no longer required. Please be mindful of those who are not comfortable in close proximity and keep your distance or put on a mask. As before, you do not feel well, do not visit BKB.
  • BKB will provide these seder ritual items- matzoh, charoset, maror, parsley, salt water, shank bone/roasted beet, roasted egg, and wine/grape juice.
  • In-person attendees will provide meals for their families under the following dietary rules:
  • Meals will be meat (no dairy).
  • Foods that are acceptable under BKB Passover dietary rules: corn, rice, quinoa, nuts, legumes, seeds, chickpeas, millet, lentils, edamame, and fruits and salads (no croutons please).
  • Foods that are NOT acceptable under BKB Passover dietary rules: Foods that contain these grains: wheat, rye, barley, oats and spelt, i.e. no bread, rolls, pizza, pasta, barley soup, tortillas, crackers, oatmeal, etc. No breaded foods like fried chicken, onion rings, schnitzel, etc.
  • BKB will provide paper goods, etc. for dinner.
  • Fee to attend in-person seder-$10 per person (up to $40 per household) payable by check or cash at the door to defray BKB expenses.
  • FOR STREAMING:
    • FOR ZOOM, please email bkbav@bkbav.org for the Zoom invitation
    • FOR FACEBOOK LIVE, search for “Congregation Beth Knesset Bamidbar” on Facebook.
  • FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact BKB by emailing bkbav@bkbav.org or calling 661.942.4415.