Pesah 2023: 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 HametzTuesday night, April 4, 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 (Wednesday, April 5) and once again recite the declaration for bittul hametz.

  • Services and Siyyum for Ta’anith Bekhorim (“Fast of the First-Born”) – Friday morning, April 5 – 7:30AM [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 9:48AM.

Services & Candle Lighting Times

Wednesday, April 5
7:30AM Siyyum for Ta’anith Bekhorim in person or online (click here)
Last Time for eating hametz: 9:48AM
Candle Lighting: 7:08PM

1st Day – Thursday, April 6
10:00AM Shaharith in person or online (click here)
7:11PM Candle Lighting 

2nd Day – Friday, April 7
10:00AM Shaharith in person or online (click here)
7:11PM Candle Lighting

Saturday, April 8
10:00AM Services – Shabbat Hol ha-Mo’ed in person or online (click here)

6th Day – Tuesday, April 11
7:15PM Candle Lighting

7th Day – Wednesday, April 12
10:00AM Shaharith in person or online (click here)
7:30PM Services (Yizkor) in person or online (click here)

8th Day – Thursday, April 13
10:00AM Shaharith (Yizkor) in person or online (click here)Holiday concludes 8:40PM