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

Friday, March 30
 Celebrate Shabbat around the Seder table.

There will be no Shabbat Services at TBE.

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 > 

Personalizing the Passover Seder
Sunday, March 18, 9:00 or 11:30 am

TBE clergy and educators will help you tell you family's story and make the Haggadah come to life!  Contact Rabbi Sherman with questions, [email protected].









Passover Shuk: A Marketplace in the TBE Atrium
Sunday, March 18, 9:00 am-1:00 pm

Get ready for the TBE Passover Shuk! On Sunday, March 18, we’ll transform our atrium into a marketplace for schmoozing, sampling items from local vendors, and ordering everything you need for a Passover seder.

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

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

You may place advance orders on the Kolbo website and your items will be available for pick up at TBE on Sunday, March 18 or anytime before March 30. Just mention that you're a TBE family or friend. Kolbo will make a donation to the TBE for all items purchased.



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

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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. Sign up deadline is Sunday, March 18.

Click here to download and print the Women's Seder Haggadah.




JELY Chocolate Seder & 7th Grade Shul-In (Grades 6 & 7)
Friday-Saturday, March 23-24, 7:30 pm-8:30 am

Join JELY, TBE's 6th and 7th grade youth group, at our final event of the year as we celebrate Shabbat and Passover with a Chocolate Seder! Following the Chocolate Seder, 7th graders are invited to stay at TBE for a special Shul-In (sleepover). planned and staffed in part by teens in Havayah: The Teen Community at TBE.


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A Current Day Exodus: African Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Israel
Sunday, March 25, 10:45 am

Join us for a panel discussion with Darfuri refugee Guy Josif and Dr. Tally Kritzman-Amir, Senior Lecturer on immigration and international law at the College of Law and Business in Israel. Co-sponsored by the New Israel Fund and TBE Voices for A Pluralistic and Democratic Israel.  Contact Michael Gilman, [email protected] for more information.


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

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Families with Young Children (Yaldeinu) Passover Experience
Sunday, March 25, 4:30 pm

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

Cost: $30 per family

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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 (public observance for the community of bereaved)
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.