The Rabbinical Assembly’s Pesah Guide for 5778 is now available. This guide, prepared by the Kashrut Subcommittee of the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards and approved by the CJLS, explains in detail the laws and customs regarding the dietary restrictions of Passover. You can sell your chametz here.
March 24: Shabbat HaGadol
March 25: 10:00am – 1:00pm – Kasher Bonai Shalom’s Kitchen!– Volunteers needed for cleaning and kashering of Bonai Shalom’s kitchen! Come learn from Rabbi Marc or lend a hand.
March 29: Sale of Chametz forms due by end of day to the office
March 30: 10:58 am – last eating of chametz
March 30: 11:00 am (selling and burning chametz by 12.02pm) – Community Burning of Chametz Behind Bonai – Come, burn some bagels with us!
March 30: Erev Pesach and Seder, candle lighting 7:05pm, Seder start, 7.51pm
March 31: 9.30am – Shabbat Pesach services
April 1: 10:30 am – 2nd Day Hallel and Havruta – Following a traditional service on 1st day, we invite the community to celebrate the 2nd day of Pesach in a different way with joyful singing and study; we will sing some of the psalms of Hallel, followed by some rich group study on some of the themes of this Festival of Freedom. We will end the service with some concluding prayers and a mourners’ kaddish, followed by a light Pesach lunch.
April 1: 11:15am-12:00 pm – Seder Shelanu – A brief Seder Shelanu for kids 2-5 and their families, run by Hannah Kapnik Ashar. RSVP online or call 303-442-6605. Capacity is limited so make your reservations EARLY and no later than Wednesday, March 28th. Kosher for Passover snacks will be provided. This is not intended to be a halachic Seder but a fun mock-seder with lots of moving, singing and learning. Please bring a waterbottle for your child.
April 6: Pesach VII – 10am Morning of Song: a special service with Hallel and Torah service, including reading the Song of the Sea. We will start together right at Hallel. Feel free to come from 9.30 if you want to daven shacharit on your own.
April 7: Shabbat and Pesach VIII – 9.30am – Traditional services with Yizkor at approximately 11am. Please note, we will begin immediately with Shacharit at 9.30.
Passover is one of our beloved Jewish holidays. It is rich with history, symbolism, meaning and philosophy. The more we put into preparing and observing the mitzvot of Pesach, the more the holiday can impact us and transmit to us its many lessons. The central narrative of Passover is the retelling of the exodus from Egypt. Thus, the central theme is how we gained our freedom. Like all important concepts, freedom defies easy definition. As is typical in Judaism, we try to experience our concepts so that they are not just intellectual ideas we think about. We achieve this, for example, by eating matzoh. This symbolic food represents two notions. First, how we quickly left Egypt so that our bread did not have time to rise. Second, how the Torah clearly and strongly reminds us not to eat anything that is chametz during the week of Pesach. Chametz includes all food items made from wheat, oats, barley, rye or spelt, even if these ingredients appear in the smallest possible amount. To follow this commandment, we thoroughly clean our homes and our kitchens, put away or kasher pots and pans that have been used during the year, and cover or clean our counters, sinks and ovens. We even sell whatever chametz may remain in our homes. If you don’t wish to sell your chametz online, you may download and send into the shul this form by March 29th.