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Incredible Passover Events & Selling Chametz

Passover Services & Yizkor (with special COVID Remembrance addition)

Pesach Day 1 Services - Sun, March 28, 9:30 am

Pesach Day 2 Services - Mon, March 29, 9:30 am

Pesach & Shabbat - Sat, April 3, 9:30 am

Pesach Day 8 & YIZKOR - Sun. April 4, 9:30 am

Chag Sameach! We will be holding Passover and Yizkor Services over zoom and streaming on our website at shaarietorah.org/stream.
Register for the zoom and you will receive the link for all Passover services by email.
 
A Year of Loss: A Remembrance of Those Lost to Covid
A Special Addition to the Yizkor Service, April 4th (services begin at 9:30 am)
 
The awful statistics defy comprehension. How can it be that since Covid first upended our lives just over one year ago, well over 500,000 Americans have died from the disease. We are approaching 3 million deaths worldwide. It is important for the living that we honor the dead by taking note of their loss. We hope that you will join us as we do this as the final part of the Yizkor service, after we have said prayers for those loved ones lost to our Congregational and Jewish families.
 
Never in our lifetimes have we seen such staggering losses – and we pray that we may never again face anything like this. In the mean time, even as we work hard to get the vaccine to as many people as possible, we pray to Rofei chol basar (the Healer of all flesh) and also Rofei l’shvurei lev (the Healer of broken hearts) to be with those who are sick and are suffering.
 
Please join us as we come together as a community for this moment of remembrance.

invitation from rabbi rose & chametz selling information

Shalom Friends,

The lead up to Passover is such a spiritually intense period, as is the preparation for it. We are getting ready for the journey from Mitzrayim to freedom, searching our hearts for the various incarnations of Pharaoh in our lives, internal and external. Nearly as intense, however, are the physical preparations and obligations that fall upon us at this season. Preparing our homes, cooking, cleaning, the trips to the stores to get what we need. This information will help you along the path. For this year’s Passover services, Seders, and more, check our calendar. For access to the prayer book, Lev Shalem, that will be used during our virtual Passover services this year, click here. 

This year, as last year, we have made the decision not to host an online Second Seder. We want our congregants to be celebrating at home virtually with their families or in whatever way feels nourishing to you. 

Rabbi Rose

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1) Preparing our homes for Pesach. You may remember a couple of years ago that Conservative Movement decided to permit kitniyot (beans, corn, millet, peas, rice, soy, among other things) on Passover. Traditionally these foods have long been permitted by Sephardic tradition, but not Ashkenazi. The shul will continue to follow the Ashkenazi practice that prohibits kitniyot, and that remains the practice in my own home.

For more information on how to prepare your home for Passover please click here

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2) Selling chametz (leavened products and all foods prohibited on Pesach). As you may know, we are to rid our homes of chametz in advance of Pesach (in fact by the evening before Pesach all chametz should be out of our possession). One of the ways that this can be done is by selling your chametz. The chametz, along with any utensils that cannot be kashered for Pesach, should be gathered in an enclosed space that will not be entered or opened during Passover. Use our formto authorize Rabbi Rose to sell your chametz on your behalf and return them to you after Passover. Chametz must be sold by Friday, March 26 at 10 am. 

looking for a haggadah? Download one of ours!

Full Haggadah Put together
by Rabbi Rose

Shalom friends,

Whether you have a Haggadah already and are looking to add here and there, or whether you don’t know what you’ll use at this year’s seder, please consider the two Haggadot we are making available to you this year.

Our Educator, Dr. Sharon Pollin, has shared her wonderful Brentwood Haggadah. If you are looking for a concise, elegant Haggadah with all of the essentials for Seder eve, this is perfect. In addition to Morah Sharon’s keen educator’s eye, this Haggadah also has lovely illustrations to accompany the text. This is perfect for those looking for an abbreviated Haggadah that doesn’t skip any of the major milestones on the Seder journey.

And I am sharing for the first time a complete Haggadah with beautiful commentary from the mystical masters of our tradition. Infused with Kabbalistic and Hasidic insights and my own reflections, this was a labor of love that I now share with you.

I hope that you will take a look at whichever of these Haggadot you feel would enrich your seder. Have a wonderful Pesach – and good luck with the Pesach cleaning!

Rabbi Rose

The Brentwood Haggadah by Dr. Sharon Pollin

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