Passover at Bonai Shalom

CLICK HERE if you are interested in Seder Matching.  The Rabbinical Assembly’s Pesah Guide for 5777 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.

Important Dates

March 29, 12 pm – Pesach insights with Morah Yehudis Fishman

April 2, 11 am – Kitchen Cleaning & Kashering (volunteers needed!)

April 10 – 10am – Sale of Chametz forms due!

April 10, 10:30 am – Community chametz burning behind Bonai Shalom.

April 10, 10:50 am – Last eating of chametz.

April 10, Erev Pesach – candle lighting –  7:17pm – First Seder at 8:03pm.

April 11, 10 am – Pesach First Day Services

April 12, 10:30 am – Pesach Services with Hallel and Chavruta. – 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 16, 3 pm – Kid’s Seders – Seder Shelanu and Seder B’Yachad – This is no first Seder.  It’s no second Seder.  This is a third Seder…just for kids!  We will have two concurrent interactive kids seders this year, a seder for kids 6-10 and their families, run by Danny and Karli Sherwinter, and a brief Seder Shelanu for kids 2-5 and their families, run by Yoni and Hannah Kapnik Ashar. RSVP online or call 303-442-6605.  Capacity is limited so make your reservations EARLY and no later than Friday, April 7th.  Cost is $5 per child paid to Bonai at the time of reservation.  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 17, 10 am – Seventh Day of Pesach Services, 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 doven shacharit on your own.

April 18, 9:30 am – Traditional Pesach services with Yizkor at approximately 11 am.

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About Pesach

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 hametz during the week of Pesach. Hametz 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 hametz may remain in our homes. You may sell your chametz by downloading this form.