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Passover 2021

Passover Prep

Passover Pairs

Need a Virtual Seder to join?  Have “seats” at your virtual seder? We’re here to connect individuals & families who would like to join with others from the Aliyah family for your Passover celebration – first seder only!

Click here to sign up for a Passover Pairing

Sell your Chametz

Passover is all about eating matzah and staying away from chametz. Click here to sell your chametz by 8:30am on Friday, March 26, 2021.

Virtual Seder Tutorial & Resources

Check out this recording from last year's "How to Host a Virtual Seder" class.  

Click here to watch the video
Download the Resource Guide
Download the Where's Waldo Afikoman hunt

The Haggadah for the Littlest Ones & their Families

We invite you to use and share the digital version of our Haggadah for the Littlest Ones. To download a printable black and white copy of the Haggadah, click here.  Full color, professionally-published books are available for purchase.

Passover Music

Listen and sing along to every song and blessing (created by our Hazzanim)

Play music from the Cantor’s Assembly (featuring Hazzan Mimi!)

Prep your home

Can't remember whether brown sugar is kosher for Passover?  Not sure the proper way to kasher your silverware? Download the Rabbinical Assembly's guide where all your questions will be answered.

Passover Service Schedule

Thursday, March 25
Fast of the First Born at 8:00 AM

RSVP to attend in-person at Shomrei Torah,  Attend on Zoom, or watch the livestream.

Sunday, March 27
1st Day Passover Service at 10:00 AM

watch the livestream

Monday, March 28
2nd Day Passover Service at 10:00 AM 

watch the livestream

Friday, April 2
Bim Bom Shabbat at 5:30 PM

Join on Zoom
Community Candle Lighting at 6PM 
Join on Zoom
Erev 7th Day Pesach and Shabbat Family Service at 7:00 PM 
Join on Zoom or watch the livestream

Saturday, April 3
7th Day Passover Service (Zamru Style) with STS at 10:00 AM

Join on zoom or watch the livestream. RSVP to attend in-person at Shomrei Torah.

Sunday, April 4
8th Day Passover Service at 10:00 AM

watch the livestreamJoin our clergy on Zoom for Yizkor beginning at approximately 11:45am.

NOTE: There will be no early minyanim before the seders or the last two days of Pesach.  No Community Havdalah March 27 & April 3.

Passover Programs

Virtual 2nd Seder with Hazzan Stein & Hazzan Mimi

Watch the recording

Family Sing & Dance Along

Watch the recording

Fun Passover Songs and Parodies to Spice Up Your Seder

Passover Desserts Demos

Watch the recordings:

Spiritual Chametz with Ben Pagliaro

Passover, or Pesach in Hebrew, is one of the three major pilgrimage festivals of ancient Israel. Originally a combination of a couple of different spring festivals, it is a commemoration of the Exodus from Egypt–especially the night when God “passed over” the houses of the Israelites during the tenth plague–and of the following day, when the Israelites had to leave Egypt hurriedly. Centered on the family or communal celebration of the seder (ritual meal), Passover is one of the most beloved of all Jewish holidays.


The origins of Passover lie in pre-Israelite spring celebrations of the first grain harvest and the births of the first lambs of the season. Within a Jewish context, however, it celebrates God’s great redemptive act at the time of the Exodus, leading the Israelites out from slavery in Egypt to freedom. Together with Shavout (the Festival of Weeks) and Sukkot (The Festival of Booths), Pesach is one of the ancient Israelite pilgrimage festivals, during which adult males journeyed to the Temple in Jerusalem to offer sacrifices and bask in the divine presence. Since the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE, the focus of Pesach celebration shifted to the ritual meal, called the seder, that takes place either in the home or in the community.

At Home

In anticipation of Pesach, it is traditional to engage in Pesach cleaning. During the holiday, Jews’ food reflects the major theme of Passover, reliving God’s great redemptive act, albeit in a vicarious manner. Because the Israelites had no time to let their bread rise, Jewish law forbids eating (or even possessing) any food that contains leaven. Therefore, a major part of the preparations for Pesach consists of removing all traces of leavened foods from the home and replacing them with unleavened foods (though many Jews prefer to “sell” their unused leaven products to a non-Jew for the duration of the holiday). This necessitates both a cleanup and the replacement of one’s ordinary dishes with special Pesach ones. It also requires a shopping expedition to stock the kitchen with special Passover-kosher foods.


The central ritual of Pesach is the seder, a carefully choreographed ritual meal that takes place either in the home or in the community. A number of symbolic foods are laid out on the table, of which the most important are the matzah, the unleavened “bread of affliction,” and the shankbone, which commemorates the Pesach sacrifice in the Temple. The seder follows a script laid out in the Haggadah, a book that tells the story of the redemption from Egypt and thanks God for it. Although the Haggadah is a traditional text, many people–particularly in the modern world–add to it and revise it in accord with their theology and understanding of God’s redemptive actions in the world.

In the Community

Although the focus of Passover observance is on the home, it should not be forgotten that Pesach is a holiday, on the first and last days of which traditional Judaism prohibits working. There are special synagogue services, including special biblical readings, among which one finds Shir ha-Shirim, “The Song of Songs” and Hallel, Psalms of praise and thanksgiving for God’s saving act in history. The last day of Passover is one of the four times a year that the Yizkor service of remembrance is recited.

Theology and Themes

The overarching theme of Passover is redemption. After all, this is the holiday that celebrates God’s intervention in history to lead the Israelites from slavery to freedom. It is a time to celebrate God as the great liberator of humanity. The divine redemption of the Israelites thus becomes the blueprint for the Jewish understanding of God and divine morality and ethics, which can be seen in Jewish participation at the forefront of movements for social justice.

Thu, April 22 2021 10 Iyyar 5781