Rabbi's Update 3/24/2023
With Pesach coming up in less than two weeks I want to make sure you have all the resources you need for Pesach preparation and observance. Some of this information has already appeared in other emails from Kehilat Shalom but I want to be certain it’s all gathered in one place so you don’t have to search for it.
Passover Information 5783
There is a food drive container in the synagogue lobby for food that you want to donate as you are doing your Passover cleaning.
Tuesday April 4
11:30 a.m.: Deadline to appoint Rabbi Arian as agent to sell your Chametz.
Chametz sale contract is available here. Late signatures cannot be accepted.
Wednesday April 5
6:45 am Siyyum to exempt firstborns from the fast. Signup here.
11 am Last time to eat chametz
7:18 candle lighting
No evening minyan
Thursday April 6
9:30 am Services for first day of Passover led by Rabbi Arian and Hazzan Komrad, Zoom only
No evening minyan
Friday April 7
9:30 am Services for second day of Passover, Zoom only
6:30 pm Evening services for intermediate Shabbat of Passover, Zoom only
Saturday, April 8
9:30 am Services for intermediate Shabbat of Passover, in person and on Zoom
8:40 pm, Havdalah -- Zoom only
Tuesday, April 11
7:45 pm, Evening services for seventh day of Passover, Zoom only.
Wednesday, April 12
9:30 am, Services for seventh day of Passover, Zoom only
7:45 pm, Evening services for eighth day of Passover, Zoom only
Thursday, April 13
9:30 am, Services for eighth day of Passover, Yizkor is recited. In person and on Zoom, led by Rabbi Arian and Hazzan Komrad
7:45 Evening minyan
8:25 Passover ends.
Useful Passover Links:
Kosher for Passover Made Intelligible -- 5783 Edition by Rabbi Arian
How to Lead a Seder -- Information from Exploring Judaism presented by the Conservative Movement
Interest Free Passover Micro-Loans from the Hebrew Free Loan Association
Passover Learning Links from Hadar, a traditional egalitarian Yeshiva in New York
As a reminder, I am having drop-in hours on Thursday afternoons from 2 to 4 at the shul. You do not need to make an appointment -- that would negate the whole point of drop-in hours -- but I’d urge you to check and make sure I am there regardless as sometimes there are unavoidable pastoral or other emergencies which might take me away from the building.
As always, if I can do anything for you or you need to talk, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-977-0768 rather than through the synagogue office. I am happy to meet you at the synagogue by appointment. I have been spending more time in the synagogue recently but if you want to speak with me it’s best to make an appointment rather than assuming I will be there when you stop by.
Rabbi Charles L. Arian