About Passover

Pesach, known as Passover in English, is a major Jewish spring festival, commemorating the Exodus from Egypt over 3,000 years ago. The ritual observance of this holiday centers around a special home service called the seder (meaning "order") and a festive meal; the prohibition of chametz (leaven); and the eating of matzah (an unleavened bread). On the fifteenth day of Nisan in the Hebrew calendar, Jews gather with family and friends in the evening to read from a book called the haggadah, meaning "telling," which contains the order of prayers, rituals, readings, and songs for the Passover seder. Today, the holiday is a celebration of freedom and family. Read more >

Passover Events

Passover Shuk: A Marketplace in the TBE Atrium
Sunday, April 7, 9:00 am-1:00 pm

Get ready for the TBE Passover Shuk! On Sunday, April 7, we’ll transform our atrium into a marketplace for schmoozing, sampling items from local vendors, and ordering everything you need for a Passover seder.

  • View floral centerpieces from Botane Floral Studio
  • Taste Israeli dishes and desserts for Passover from Galit’s Treats (or indulge in some chametz!)
  • Browse Passover Judaica from Kolbo, including haggadot, seder plates, Cups of Elijah, Miram’s Cups, and more
  • Sample a variety of wines from Marty’s

Pre-order your items at our shuk and pick them up in time for Passover! 

You may place advance orders for Passover or non Passover items on the Kolbo website and your items will be available for pick up at TBE on Sunday, April 7 or anytime before that if requested. Just mention that you're a TBE family or friend and Kolbo will make a donation to TBE for all items purchased. Choose “In Store Pick-Up” at checkout and mention in the notes field that you will be picking it up at TBE. Let us know your date requests. 

Yaldeinu Passover Seder
Sunday, April 7, 4:30 pm

Music, crafts, and a Passover dinner! Join us for an evening of Passover experiences involving story, song, food, a child-friendly Seder and fun.

Fee: $35/family


Women's Passover Seder
Wednesday April 10, 6:30 pm: Schmoozing, 7:00-9ish pm: Seder & Celebration

Grandmothers, Mothers, Daughters, Sisters and Friends

Join us for a multigenerational and inspirational evening for women of TBE presented by women of TBE to celebrate women’s heroism, strength and solidarity in a Women’s Passover Seder of stories, songs, and supper.

Featuring the thought-provoking teachings of congregant Marsha Mirkin and musical leadership of Cantors Jodi Sufrin and Shanna Zell.


Passover Festival Service followed by breakfast
Saturday, April 20, 9:00 am


Counting the Omer
Begins Saturday evening, April 20

From Passover to Shavout, we count seven weeks of 49 days. Join Rabbi Saphire in a mindful daily practice of counting and reflection. She will post daily on her Facebook page during the Omer period. 

Go to Rabbi Saphire's Facebook page

Annual TBE Community Passover Seder
Saturday, April 20, 6:00 pm

Celebrate Passover with your community at our Congregational Seder. Friends who are not temple members are welcome. You may reserve tables that will seat between eight and twelve people. Reservations must be received no later than Friday, April 12. Seating is by advanced registration only.

Chicken will be served. If you do not eat chicken, or have other food concerns, please contact Susan Karon 781.235.8419 x243 or [email protected].

Fee: $60.00 per adult; $25.00 per child 12 and under


REVIVAL Shabbat Dinner & Show* 
Friday, April 26

Join us for a musical Passover experience.

REVIVAL is a spiritual folk-rock show that speaks to urgent moral issues of our day. It features original story-driven music by Kristen Plylar-Moore performed by a small ensemble of singers and instrumentalists. Rooted largely in Hebrew biblical texts, the music expresses themes of love and justice, and envisions a world grounded in compassion and dignity for everyone. REVIVAL has been performed in venues around NYC, and an album of the show’s music (2018) has garnered notable coverage in both press and radio.

*You do not need to attend dinner to enjoy the 8:00 pm show. Learn more about the show.



JELY Chocolate Sedar
Friday, April 26, 7:15 pm

Celebrate Shabbat and Passover with your 6th and 7th grade B'Yachad friends...and a whole lot of chocolate!

Learn more & RSVP

Passover Service & Yizkor (public observance for the community of bereaved)
Saturday, April 27, 9:00 am

Yizkor means “may (God) remember.” It is the memorial service, recited four times a year in the synagogue–after the Torah reading on Yom Kippur day, Shemini Atzeret, the eighth day of Passover and the second day of Shavuot.



Passover Resources

Passover Learning Guide Passover Recipes Haggadahs TBE Youth

TBE Passover Cookbook

Click here to view a culmination of recipes and stories from TBE Members

The Story of Passover

The story of Passover recounts how the Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt. After many generations of oppression by a Pharaoh who feared the Jews, God speaks to an Israelite man named Moses and instructs him to go to Pharaoh and tell him to let the Israelites go free. Pharaoh refuses, and 10 terrible plagues are set upon Egypt to punish Pharaoh and force him to free the Israelites.

The last plague was the Slaying of the Firstborn. Each Egyptian firstborn was killed, but God passed over the houses of the Israelites, leaving their children unharmed. This plague was so terrible that Pharaoh relented and let the Israelites leave.

But Pharaoh quickly regretted his decision and chased the Israelites until they were trapped at the Sea of Reeds. God instructed Moses to stretch his staff over the sea and the waters parted, allowing the Israelites to walk through on dry land. The waters then closed, drowning Pharaoh and his soldiers as they pursued the Israelites, and the Jews were freed from slavery in Egypt.