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Like so much in our lives right now it is becoming abundantly clear that Pesach 5780/Passover 2020 will not look like what we expect or are used too. It is painful. At this time answers are difficult, we wish it weren't so, but the rapid pace at which everything is evolving makes it difficult to know where we will be for the Seders, who will be at our table, how or if we will be able to gather for prayer.

The blessings of our religion and traditions, however, are that even amid the chaos and uncertainty, Passover will arrive. We will be able to celebrate the holiday and experience the familiar and comforting rituals. The Four Questions will still be asked, the matza will still be crumbly, the marror bitter and the charoset sweet. This is a holiday about redemption and resiliency, suffering and its alleviation, about joy and perseverance. We will be providing resources below that add to your Seder and help us adapt to the Sha'at hadehak, the critical situation.

This will certainly be a Passover to remember, because of the challenges we face beforehand and because of the ways in which we overcome each obstacle in order to celebrate and observe Pesach. In times of plenty and times of challenge we still join in the unbroken chain of our tradition. May God grant us the same strength, perseverance and resiliency given to our ancestors and may we all find comfort around our Seder tables this Pesach.

Rabbi David Kalender
Rabbi Evan Ravski

Passover Resources

Passover Guide

Pesach is the ultimate home holiday. It takes the most work, but it is also allows us the most wonderful collection of home traditions. Pesach begins the evening of April 8. To help you prepare yourself and your home for Passover, we have created a guide to walk you through the various rituals of home preparation. Click here to download the guide.

Haggadah Recommendations and Seder Questions

To help you host a Seder this year, Rabbi Kalender has compiled a list of recommended Haggadot and questions you can ask at your Seder to spark conversation. Click here to download his list.

Passover Recipes

Check out Olam Tikvah's recipe recommendations to learn how new foods can incorporate and enhance the themes of Pesach. Click here to download our recipes and recommended cookbooks.

Setting Your Seder Table

Setting the table is a great job for kids, but they can do more than just putting out plates and forks! Click here to see Education Director Debra Beland Ackerman's ideas that kids can use to create a table that invites conversation and adds to the experience of the seder. Sharing the seder at more than one table this year? Send this link to the folks on the other side of the screen to create matching or complementary tablescapes or to play BINGO at everyone's table!

Maggid Paper Bag Dramatics

Hand over the reins to your kids and charge them with staging the maggid (the story of the Exodus). The beauty of paper bag dramatics is that you fill a bag with props found around the house, so no need to hit the store (click here for a "shopping list" to get you started). Then it's time for the performance. We've got a great script you can use or your kids can write their own. Be sure to encourage them to cast actors of all ages, including those who can't read yet (they can act things out while someone else narrates). And this is another great activity for tables in multiple places-just be sure to share the plan with everyone ahead of time.

PJ Library Passover Potpourri for Young Families

"Passover Potpourri" is a discussion of Passover games, activities, and craft projects. Click here to view the recorded webinar and download PJ Library's Passover materials.

Resources for Services

Service Guide

Click here to download our Pesach service guide for the final days of the holiday.

Siddur Sim Shalom for Festivals

Festival Evening Siddur Sim Shalom
Festival Morning Siddur Sim Shalom
Festival Afternoon Siddur Sim Shalom
Yizkor Siddur Sim Shalom
Olam Tikvah Yizkor Book 5780
Counting the Omer Siddur Sim Shalom

Etz Hayim

Pesach Day 1 Torah and Haftarah
Pesach Day 2 Torah and Haftarah
Pesach Day 3 Shabbat Torah and Haftarah
Pesach Day 4 Torah and Haftarah
Pesach Day 5 Torah and Haftarah
Pesach Day 6 Torah and Haftarah
Pesach Day 7 Torah and Haftarah
Pesach Day 8 Torah and Haftarah

Audio Recordings

Tefillat Tal
Shir HaShirim Chapter 1
Shir HaShirim Chapter 2
Shir HaShirim Chapter 3
Shir HaShirim Chapter 4
Shir HaShirim Chapter 5
Shir HaShirim Chapter 6
Shir HaShirim Chapter 7
Shir HaShirim Chapter 8
El Maleh Rachamim


Passover Schedule

Passwords for Zoom gatherings can be found in your email or contact Please note staff will be unavailable to answer emails from Tuesday, April 14 at 3:00pm-Thursday, April 16 at 8:29pm.

Tuesday, April 7 After Dark Bidikat Chametz (Search for Chametz)

Wednesday, April 8 Fast of the Firstborn, 8:30am Siyyum, Last chance to sell your Chametz, 10:50am Stop eating Chametz, Before 11:50am Burn Chametz, 5:30pm Pre-Seder Chag Sameach Meetup, 7:22pm Candle Lighting, First Seder

Thursday, April 9 8:23pm Candle Lighting, Second Seder

Friday, April 10 7:24pm Shabbat Candle Lighting

Saturday, April 11 Chol HaMoed Pesach, 8:24pm Shabbat Ends, 8:30pm Zoom Havdalah

Sunday, April 12 Chol HaMoed Pesach, 8:00pm Ma'ariv

Monday, April 13 Chol HaMoed Pesach, 7:30pm Zoom Yizkor, 8:00pm Ma'ariv

Tuesday, April 14 Chol HaMoed Pesach, 7:28pm Candle Lighting

Wednesday, April 15 8:29 Candle Lighting

Thursday, April 16 8:29 Pesach ends, 8:30pm Chametz is yours again, Zoom Havdalah

Given the global situation and our commitment to the health of our community, we will not be holding Pesach services at this time. We will of course update the congregation should the situation change.

Thu, July 9 2020 17 Tammuz 5780