Pesach food guides:

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Passover begins April 14, 2014
Let All Who Are Hungry Come and Eat

Beth El wants to assure that all of our members are welcomed at a seder. As the Haggadah says, "let all who are hungry come and eat." That means, if you have extra places at your seder, please open your home to one or more members of the Beth El family. If you're a member--or a university student--who can't join relatives for this wonderful holiday, please give a member of your synagogue family the privilege of sharing a seder with you. The seder hospitality initiative is headed by former members of the Synagogue Life Committee while the committee is on hiatus. We are pleased to arrange for hosts and guests to enjoy the seders together. To invite someone, or to request a place, please contact the Beth El office (919-682-1238 or or contact Mardi Zeiger (919-932-5663 or
Deadline for requests is March 31.

Beth El Pesach Schedule 5774

Sunday, April 13: Search for Chametz

Monday, March 25:
7:30am Main Sanctuary - Morning Services
followed by a siyyum (study for the first born) & chametz burning
Eat chametz until 11:05am / Burn/Sell chametz before 12:10pm
Office closes at 12:00pm and remains closed until Thursday morning
7:30pm candle lighting
First Seder

Tuesday, April 15 (Pesach I):
9:00am Orthodox Kehillah & Main Sanctuary
Second Seder / Begin counting the Omer

Wednesday, April 16 (Pesach II):
9:00am Main Sanctuary - Morning Services
TBD Orthodox Kehillah - Morning Services
No Talmud Torah
8:32pm Havdalah

Friday, April 18:  7:34pm Shabbat candle lighting

Saturday, April 19 (Shabbat CH'M):
9:00am Orthodox Kehillah - Morning Services
9:30am Main Sanctuary - Morning Services
(childcare for ages 1-7 available in classroom #3 10:30am-12:30pm)
Approx. 1:00pm (following kiddush lunch) shiur/study with with visiting professor Dr. Daniel Fainstein
8:34pm Havdalah

Sunday, April 20 (CH'M):
9:30am Main Sanctuary - Morning Services / No Talmud Torah
7:35pm candlelighting

The Beth El office will be closed Monday, 4/21 & Tuesday, 4/22

Monday, April 21 (Pesach VII):
9:00am Main Sanctuary - Morning Services
9:00am Orthodox Kehillah - Morning Services (Yizkor)

Tuesday, April 22 (Pesach VIII):
9:00am Main Sanctuary - Morning Services (Yizkor)
TBD Orthodox Kehillah - Morning Services
8:36pm Havdalah / Yom Tov ends

Shabbat Chol Hamoed Passover
Shiur/Study with visiting professor Dr. Daniel Fainstein
April 19, 2014 following kiddush lunch (approx. 1pm)

“Let me behold your presence!”
Moses, Ezekiel, Maimonides and the quest for God

A short exploration of some of the main motifs of the Torah and Prophet reading
in the light of Maimonides philosophy.

Dr. Fainstein is Dean and Professor of Jewish Studies and Education at the Hebraica University in Mexico City. He was educated in Buenos Aires, Jerusalem, and the National Autonomous University of Mexico where he got his PhD. He served as Dean of the Seminario Rabínico Latino Americano M.T. Meyer, was the Executive Director of the Board of Jewish Education of Argentina, and is currently a visiting professor and lecturer in many institutions in Latin America, Europe, the United States, and Israel. He is the biographer of Rabbi Marshall Meyer, a social activist and religious leader in Argentina and USA.


Additional resources:

  1. Pesach Guides: A comprehensive, clear, and up-to-date guide from the Rabbinical Assembly (the "RA," the organization for Conservative Rabbis) to kashering your kitchen and the lowdown on foods - permitted and not - for Passover.
    A similar guide from the Orthodox Union is available here:
  2. Nullifying Hametz - The night before Pesach begins, cleaning is complete and the mitzvahs begin with a "search for hametz."  The following morning, another formal declaration is made nullifying all possible hametz in your possession.  This link is to a pdf prepared by the RA to guide you through the blessings for these rituals:  
  3. Magen Tzedek - As we think about kashrut at this time of year, please read and learn about an initiative of the Conservative Judaism called Magen Tzedek aimed at bringing together the values of kashrut, justice and Judaism.
  4. The Sicha website offers essays engaging modern and classical texts in conversations on timeless themes. You will find a few short conversation starters for your Pesach Seder, such as A Passover Conversation in Four Voices: Four conversed about the pine tree. One defined it according to genus, species and variety. One held forth concerning its shortcomings in the lumber industry. One quoted verses about pine trees in numerous languages. One struck root, stretched out branches… visit here to continue the conversation:. & these:
    The Perfect Search
    Telling and Being Told By the Story
    Elijah, May He Be Remembered for Good
  5. MAZON: Here you will find downloadable materials to help you introduce your seder guests & your community at large to the The Fifth Question: "Why on this night are millions of people still going hungry?"
  6. Bulletin article by Hasan Bhatti for May, 2014: Creating an Inclusive Passover Table
Hagaddah Helpers
Maxwell House Hagaddahs still exist, but there's a lot more out there now. Here are links to two websites that enable you to create and download your very own hagaddah.
Schedule Notes
  • Siyyum - It is a Jewish tradition for first born Jewish boys to fast on Erev Pesach in commemoration of Pharaoh's decree that all first born Jewish baby boys should be killed (Exodus 1:16).  To make Erev Pesach a bit easier on them, a tradition developed to hold a siyyum, a festive occasion celebrating the completition of studying a significant body of Jewish text.  Monday morning (4/14), there will be a minyan at 7:30am followed by a siyyum followed by yummy coffee and chametz!
  • Chametz Burning - for the fire-lover in all of us, we will hold a small "hametz burning" in our parking lot at 8:45am on Monday morning (4/14).  Bring your chametz (ritual portions only please, larger quantities, including open containers, should be donated to local food shelters) that morning and take advantage of our communal fire to rid yourself of the hametz you found the night before and prepare to enter the Seder free from crumbs! Parents - please feel free to bring your kids (what kid doesn't love a fire?) but please watch them carefully to be sure nobody gets hurt!