Pesah 2022: Search, Services & Siyyum

Guide to Pesah

The Rabbinical Assembly’s Guide to Passover, is now available for download:

This guide provides an outline of the policies and procedures relevant to the preparation of a kosher for Pesah home in accordance with the principles of Conservative/Masorti Judaism.

Also highly recommended is the section on Pesah in The Observant Life: The Wisdom of Conservative Judaism for Contemporary Jews.

  • Bedikat HametzThursday night, April 14, we search for Hametz after sunset. Traditionally we use a candle, feather (for sweeping), and a wooden spoon for gathering the hametz. The blessing recited before the search, and the declaration nullifying the hametz (bittul hametz) recited after the search is generally found in the haggadah. We burn the hametz (bi’ur hametz) the next morning (Friday, April 15) and once again recite the declaration for bittul hametz.
  • Services and Siyyum for Ta’anith Bekhorim (“Fast of the First-Born”) – Friday morning, April 15 – 7:15AM [in person & virtually – click here]. In gratitude for having been spared from the final plague in Egypt, first born males traditionally fast on erev Pesah. A firstborn may be exempted from the fast by participation in a siyyum (completion of a tractate of study) and its accompanying meal. Following Shaharith, Rabbi Charlie will be completing Massekheth Horayoth, a tractate of the Babylonian Talmud.

    Kitchens should be completely switched over to kosher for Passover, and we get rid of all our hametz by burning or selling it by the sixth hour of the day on Friday. The final time for eating hametz is 9:45AM.

Services & Candle Lighting Times

Friday, April 15 – Last Time for eating hametz: 9:45AM
Candle Lighting: 7:19PM

1st Day – Saturday, April 16
10:00AM Shaharith in person or online (click here)
8:23PM Candle Lighting (Havdalah is included in Festival Kiddush)

2nd Day – Sunday, April 17
10:00AM Shaharith in person or online (click here)

6th Day – Thursday, April 21
7:26PM Candle Lighting

7th Day – Friday, April 22
10:00AM Shaharith in person or online (click here)
7:27PM Candle Lighting

8th Day – Saturday, April 23
10:00AM Shaharith (Yizkor) in person or online (click here)Holiday concludes 8:30 PM