Passover

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

Family Social Action at JF&CS Passover Packaging
Thursday, March 22, 5:30 pm

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Passover Tikkun Olam Opportunity - Collections

As we celebrate our freedom, let us remember the ongoing need to help those who are oppressed in other communities. There’s always an opportunity to contribute something to our ongoing Spring collections. Learn more > 

TBE Women’s Passover Seder
Thursday, March 22, 6:30 pm - socializing, 7:00 pm - Seder

Why will this night be different from all other nights? On this night we will celebrate women’s heroism, strength and solidarity. Join us for a special Passover Seder where we will explore the biblical tale of slavery and redemption and the deeds of the courageous women whose acts prove critical in the saving and liberation of the Jewish people, and the relevance of these brave deeds to our own feminist journeys. 

TBE Mothers, Daughters and Sisters, bring your friends and join us for an evening of stories, songs, rituals, dancing and friendship. Featuring thought-provoking discussion led by congregant Marsha Mirkin and the musical leadership of Cantor Jodi Sufrin.

Fee: $36 per person

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Families with Young Children (Yaldeinu) Passover Experience
Sunday, March 25, 4:00 pm

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Gan Elohim Passover the Musical
Friday, March 30, 9:30 am

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Passover Festival Service followed by breakfast
Saturday, March 31, 9:30 am
Annual TBE Community Passover Seder
Saturday, March 31, 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. All reservations must be received no later than Friday, March 23. Seating is by advanced registration.

Chicken will be served. If you do not eat chicken, or have other food concerns, please contact Susan Karon (781)-235-8419 x 243 or [email protected].

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

 
Passover Service and Yizkor
Saturday, April 7, 6:00 pm

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.

 

Break Passover Pizza Party
Saturday, April 7, 6:30 pm 

Break Passover at our post-Passover pizza party following the Passover service! Please bring your favorite salad topper to share in the salad bar. TBE will provide lettuce for the salad, pizza, beverages and an ice cream sundae bar for dessert. 


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.