Pesach, the Season of Our Liberation

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Seders, April 10 and 11.  Do you have a place at your table?  Passover begins on Monday night, April 10, with the first seder meal.  Please contact the office if you will have a place at your table for guests on either Monday or Tuesday night or if you are in need of a place to go.

The Jewish Enrichment Center and Congregation Rodfei Zedek are currently collaborating on two Passover-related projects through April 6:

  • The Haggadah Book Festival is now available in the Atrium!  Come browse haggadot and find one that's just right for your seder.  New this year:  online social justice seder supplements.
  • What are your special Passover memories and traditions?  Do you have an amazing Passover recipe?  Share your ideas, family traditions, recipes, and stories on the Passover board in the Atrium.  Pen and paper are available near the board, or send your recipes and memories to

seder plateMonday, March 20:
1:00 p.m. - Rabbi David Minkus spoke on "Pesach:  Tradition and Innovation," using the seder table as a guide to thinking through our traditions.  Congregants and their friends – women and men – are welcome at all Sisterhood Open Meetings.

Tuesday, March 28:
6:00 p.m. - Women's Seder with Cantor Rosenberg.  Please make your reservations by emailing or by calling the synagogue office at 773.752.2770 by 12 noon on Friday, March 24th.

Sundays, March 26 and April 2, 11:00-1:00:
The Nelson Judaica Gift Shop will be open for your shopping convenience:
• 10% off on all in‑stock seder plates.

Thursday, April 13:
6:00 or 8:00 p.m. - Aviv Pop‑up Dinner

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Chag Sameach and Happy New Year!  Yes, Passover is one of several Jewish New Years.  Passover commemorates when our ancestors emerged from slavery to become a nation.  On the 15th of Nisan we celebrate that we, as Jews, are a people, whereas the 1st of Tishrei (Rosh HaShanah) commemorates the birth of the world.  And in light of this, spend time at your Seder reflecting on the previous year while giving voice to some of your hopes for the upcoming year.  At your Seder ask questions, disagree, discuss and be fully present.  On your Seder Plate put a corkscrew (representing the cyclical nature of Jewish life), an orange (a feminist and inclusive motif), a fishbone (you decide!), and other items that will lead to everyone, children and adults alike, to ask why.  And as we open the door for Elijah, in part symbolizing the protection and freedom we feel, may we remember that we may be free but too many are not.  For us (Rabbi Minkus and Cantor Rosenberg), we are endlessly grateful to be a part of a community that is thoughtful, engaging and inclusive.  May this Passover, this Jewish New Year be one of health and happiness, and may we all have a Seder of meaning and a holiday that leads to personal and communal growth.

Monday, April 10
At 7:30 a.m. morning minyan – Siyyum B'chorim
After morning minyan ~8:15 a.m. – First-born Seudah
Office closes at noon
First Seder in the home

First Day
Tuesday, April 11

9:30 a.m. – Festival Services
Second Seder in the home
Saturday, April 15
9:30 a.m. – Shabbat Services
Second Day
Wednesday, April 12

9:30 a.m. – Festival Services
Sunday, April 16
9:00 a.m. – Morning Services
Thursday, April 13
7:30 a.m. – Morning Services
Seventh Day
Monday, April 17

Sh'vi'i shel Pesach
9:30 a.m. – Festival Services
Friday, April 14
7:30 a.m. – Morning Services
Eighth Day
Tuesday, April 18

9:30 a.m. – Festival Services
11:00 a.m. – Yizkor Memorial Service

From USCJ:
   Passover Kitchen Countdown
   Passover Resources
   Counting the Omer
From The Rabbinical Assembly:  Pesah Prep
From Jvillage Network:  Passover Holiday Guide

Siddur Audio Hagaddah audio clips