Ritual Preparations for Passover

The regulations and traditions regarding how to prepare your home for Passover are complex. Thankfully, there is plenty of helpful information available for free online. With ever-evolving technologies and new food products, it’s important to read an up-to-date guide from a trustworthy source. We recommend this one from the Rabbinical Assembly. They have also created this document focusing on issues of particular relevance for the current year.

The day before Passover is a traditional fast day for firstborn Jews, commemorating how they were saved from the 10th plague in Egypt. However, we generally try to exempt ourselves from this obligation by participating in a “Siyyum” — the conclusion of a course of Torah study. We will be holding a Siyyum on the day of the fast, Monday, April 22, immediately following our morning minyan. Please join us in-person in Ziegler Sanctuary or stream online HERE.

One of the central observances of Passover is to avoid owning Hametz during the holiday. One of the traditional ways to do is to conduct a sale of our Hametz to a non-Jew. This sale goes into effect at the time that ownership becomes forbidden on the eve of the holiday, regardless of where that Hametz is located. The general assumption is that the Hametz will be sold back to us shortly after the conclusion of the holiday, at the time that ownership is again permitted. This act of sale is strongly recommended, even if you believe that you are already rid of your Hametz.

We would be happy to arrange this sale on your behalf. To do so, please click HERE to fill out the form today. Please note that this form will only be available through Monday, April 22. We are unable to accept submissions after this date. There is no charge for this service. If you would like to make a donation, please go to

Please note that this form is only for the continental US and times zones to our West. It is also limited to homes and cannot be used by grocery store owners and other businesses.

Full Schedule of Services

Monday, April 22

  • 7:30 a.m. Daily Minyan & Ta’anit B’khorot (Fast of the First Born) – Ziegler Sanctuary – in person and streaming
  • 5:45 p.m. Evening Service – Kohn Chapel – in person and streaming

Tuesday, April 23

  • 9:00 a.m. First Day of Passover Shabbat Service – Ziegler Sanctuary – in person and streaming
  • 9:30 a.m. Family Minyan First Day of Passover Service – Kohn Chapel
  • 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Passover Playroom for Dor Chadash Community – Gold Hall, Lower Traub, and Hall of Builders – RSVP Here
  • 5:45 p.m. First Day of Passover Evening Minyan – in person and streaming
  • 6:15 p.m. Community Seder – Barad Hall
  • 6.15 p.m. ATID Seder – Lower Traub

Wednesday, April 24

  • 9:00 a.m. Second Day of Passover Service – Kohn Chapel – in person and streaming

Friday, April 26

  • 5:45 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat Service – Kohn Chapel

Saturday, April 27

  • 9:00 a.m. Men’s Club Shabbat – Ziegler Sanctuary

Sunday, April 28

  • 5:45 p.m. Evening Service -Kohn Chapel – in person and streaming

Monday, April 29

  • 9:00 a.m. Seventh Day of Passover Service – Kohn Chapel – in person and streaming
  • 5:45 p.m. Evening Service – Kohn Chapel – in person and streaming

Tuesday, April 30

  • 9:00 a.m. Eighth Day of Passover Service – Ziegler Sanctuary
  • Yizkor will start at approximately 10:30 a.m. – in person and streaming
  • 5:45 p.m. Mincha – Kohn Chapel – in person and streaming