Passover Services


Passover Yom Tov Services:
Monday, April 14th: Fast of the First Born 7:00am Minyan with Siyyum, First Seder (home ritual)
Tuesday, April 15th: 9:00am Shacharit, Second Seder (home ritual)
Wednesday, April 16th: 9:00am Shacharit, 8:00pm Mincha/Maariv

Monday, April 21st: 9:00am Shacharit, 8:00pm Mincha/Maariv
Tuesday, April 22nd: 9:00am Shacharit with Yizkor, 8:00pm Mincha/Maariv

Seder Match

Do you need a Seder to celebrate Passover?
Do you have an extra seat or two at your table?

On Passover, we open our doors and invite in all who are in need of food and company to join our festive meal. Let’s open our doors to each other and make sure that everyone in our community has a place to celebrate.

Head on over to our Facebook page and let us know if you are looking to join a seder or if you can invite others to join yours.

If you don’t use Facebook, contact me and I’ll help bring you into the conversation.

The KISS Principle of Pesach

when-is-passoverPassover may be a festival to celebrate freedom, but with all of the preparations; the cleaning, the cooking, the heavy food, the guests, it can feel pretty oppressive. If you think about it, after a week of eating matzah and all of the various pesadich foods, it can feel like we’re lugging around those huge Egyptian stones, complete with mortar, right inside our digestive tracts.

My advice to you this Pesach is to “lighten up!” Although Passover preparations are a great time to clear out all of the excess junk that we carry around and sweep out the dust bunnies under our furniture, some people take it too far. If you have the time and energy, great, but don’t enslave yourself just for the purposes of celebrating freedom. The point is to remove the chametz: any product made of the five grains subject to leavening: wheat, rye, barley, spelt or oats.

I recommend that everyone do a double mitzvah by getting rid of your chametz and passing it on to those in need. In fact, this year I am going to make it easy for you! Drop it off at TI by 11am on Sunday, March 13 and I’ll bring it to a food bank. If you want to keep that chametz around, no problem! You can sell it using this form by 12noon on Sunday 4/13.

oJTn1950885If you miss a crumb or two in the corners of your house? There’s an app for that! Well, it’s actually a ritual called Bedikat Chametz. On the night before Erev Pesach (Sun evening 4/13 this year), we symbolically search our house for anything that might have been left behind. It’s a fun ritual to do with kids, candles (or flashlights) in hand, with a feather to sweep up the crumbs into a spoon. There are brachot to say before and after. The best part is that if you don’t find everything, the second brachah has you covered. Anything you miss, it’s as if it was dust. So fuhgeddaboutit!

asparagus-salad450x338Okay, so the cleaning is easy, what about the cooking? Here’s where my health and wellness consulting overlaps with my role as educator. Yummy food is the best part of Pesach and just about any Jewish holiday celebration. I would never take that away from you! But think about it, do you really need all of that matzah-meal filled cakes? Some of it might be reasonably tasty, but most of it is just a poor substitute for the real thing. Passover is a SPRING holiday! If you think about it, it’s kind of silly that we eat so many heavy foods when there are lots of yummy vegetables and fruits available. Try some lighter recipes, with fresh or roasted veggies. Serve fruit as dessert. Other than less impact on your waistline, it will also have less impact on your bottom line! Think of how much you’ll save if you avoid the costly box mixes and pre-made kugels. (You should still use gelt (grocery gift cards) for all your Passover and everyday purchase to benefit TI and get money off your bill.)

Passover is a joyous celebration of freedom, so my advice is KISS: Keep it Simple & Springy.
May your Pesach celebrations been sweet and personally meaningful!

And my gift to you, this season, a few good recipes:

A Passover Index to select for recipes of any kind from the Shiksa in the Kitchen
From the same site, a Roasted Butternut Squash recipe I might try this year.
And a Beetroot and Mushroom Soup, also on my list.
And finally, a dessert recipe that is pareve, pesadich and really good for you. Raw Vegan Black Forest “Cheesecake”. Just omit the 1/8 tsp tamari (you can add a water and a pinch of salt)

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Bedikat Chametz Brachot



Pesach University

Passover is almost here! All you need to know can be found in this handy booklet from Rabbi Jeff.

Pesach University 2014

You can also pick up your OU (Orthodox Union) Passover Guide in the lobby, or check out all of the articles online at

Be-Bop & Bids

Be-Bop&Bidscelebrating 25 years
Judy Sare Pre-School & Kindergarten
with the
Daisy Jug Band
Sunday, May 4, 2014; 6:30pm

General Admission: $5
Beer, Wine, Beverages & Snacks available for purchase.

Patron’s Admission: $25pp
includes entertainment, All You Can Eat and Drink
Doors Open at 5:00pm for Patrons ONLY!
Be-Bop&Bids flier