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Rabbi’s Update 4/5/2024

Dear Friends:


As Pesach is approaching, I want to make sure that you have the information that you will need to observe the holiday. I want to call your attention to the (very brief) form you will need to enable me to sell your chametz for the duration of Passover. The form is done online only and can be completed any time prior to 8 pm on Sunday, April 21, the day before the first Seder. Go to https://forms.gle/oVGsYeEhgezHoR559 to fill out the form.


Additionally for those who are first born and obligated to observe the Fast of the First Born on the day of the first Seder, this year we will be holding our own Siyyum to exempt you from the fast. (During the height of the pandemic this was provided by the Jewish Theological Seminary but they are not doing so this year.) The Siyyum will be at 7:30 am on Monday, April 22, on our regular Zoom link. It will be a Siyyum (study session marking completion of a tractate of Talmud) and will take about half an hour at the most.


Below is our entire Pesach schedule. In the next week or so I will also be providing you a guide to keeping kosher for Pesach according to the norms of Conservative Judaism.


Pesach Schedule 5784/2024

Sunday, April 21

Sign “Authorization for Sale of Chametz” by 8 pm https://forms.gle/oVGsYeEhgezHoR559


Monday, April 22

Erev Pesach

Siyyum for First Borns on Zoom at 7:30 am (Siyyum only, no morning service)

Last time for eating chametz, 10:51 am

No evening minyan


Tuesday, April 23

First day of Pesach

Morning services with Rabbi Arian and Hazzan Komrad, Zoom only, 9:30 am

No evening minyan


Wednesday, April 24

Second day of Pesach

Morning services with Rabbi Arian, Zoom only, 9:30 am

Evening minyan, 7:45 pm


Thursday, April 25

First day of Hol HaMoed Pesach

Evening minyan, 7:45 pm


Friday, April 26

Second day of Hol HaMoed Pesach

Shabbat and Pesach Evening Service, 6:30 pm


Saturday, April 27

Shabbat Hol HaMoed Pesach

Shabbat and Pesach Morning Services, 9:30 am, in person and on Zoom

Havdalah, 8:45 pm, Zoom only


Sunday, April 28

Fourth day of Hol HaMoed Pesach

Morning minyan, 915 am

Evening minyan, 7:45 pm


Monday, April 29

Seventh Day of Pesach

Morning services, Zoom only, 9:30 am

Evening services, 7:45 pm


Sunday, April 30

Eighth Day of Pesach

Morning services with Rabbi Arian and Hazzan Komrad, Yizkor is recited, 9:30 am, in person and on Zoom

Evening minyan, 7;45 pm

Pesach ends and chametz may be eaten, 8:45 pm 


This Sunday will be exactly 180 days since Hamas’ barbarous attack and the taking of hostages. A rally for the release of the hostages will take place this Sunday on the Mall at 2:30 pm. For more information go to https://www.hostagesforumdc.com/


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 rabbi@kehilatshalom.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. 

Additionally, if you know of a Kehilat Shalom congregant or another member of our Jewish community who could use a phone call, please let me know.


L’shalom,




Rabbi Charles L. Arian







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