Pesach at Shaare Zedek

March 30 - April 7, 2018



Selling your Chameitz: We are no longer accepting forms to sell chametz.

Ma'ot Chitim: It is customary to donate ma'ot chitim ("funds for wheat") to enable others who could not otherwise afford it to fulfill the mitzvah of eating matzah on Passover, and to hold a kosher seder. At this time we are no longer accepting donations to the Matzah Fund.

Matzah Fund Donations

Bedikat Chametz: This customary candlelight search for leavened bread should take place after 7:49 p.m. the night of Thursday, March 29.

Cessation of Eating Chametz: The latest time to eat chametz is 10:54 a.m. on Friday, March 30. Those who sell their chametz through Shaare Zedek will not resume ownership of it until one hour after Passover ends, at 9:09 pm on Saturday, April 7.

Bi'ur Chametz: Leavened bread is traditionally and ceremonially burned before Pesach. In the neighborhood of Shaare Zedek, one can do this at Ohab Zedek on W. 95th Street between Amsterdam and Columbus, or in the alley behind The Jewish Center, on W. 86th Street between Amsterdam and Columbus. Please note that the latest time to burn chametz is 11:57 a.m. on Friday, March 30. 

Please refer to the 5778 Pesach Guide for additional, detailed information about Pesach preparations. 

Service times & Candlelighting

Friday, March 30: Erev Pesach, Ta'anit Bechorot, First Seder

10:54 a.m. Last time to eat chametz

11:57 a.m. Last time to burn chametz

7:01 p.m. Candle lighting - see your Haggadah for the blessings and be sure to light a Yartzheit candle in order to transfer flame for night 2
(No Erev Yom Tov services)

Begin Seder after 7:50 pm

Saturday, March 31: First Day of Pesach, Second Seder

9:30 a.m. Shabbat morning services
Please help us make minyan by arriving promptly at 9:30 a.m.

(There will be no Mincha/Seudah Shlishit/Ma'ariv)

8:02 p.m. You may begin your seder after this time. Be sure to follow your Haggadah for instructions on the order of the Brachot for Kiddush, Havdallah and Yuntif candles. 

Sunday, April 1: Second Day of Pesach

9:30 a.m. Yom Tov morning services
Please help us make minyan by arriving promptly at 9:30 a.m.

8:03 p.m. Yom Tov ends with Havdalah

Friday, April 6: Seventh Day of Pesach / Erev Shabbat

9:30 a.m. Yom Tov morning services with Hazzan-in-residence Shoshi Rosenbaum

7:08 p.m. Candle lighting
(No Shabbat evening services)

Saturday, April 7: Final Day of Pesach /Shabbat

9:30 a.m. Shabbat morning services with Hazzan-in-residence Shoshi Rosenbaum

(No evening services)

8:17 p.m. Havdalah

Chametz sold through the shul can be eaten at 9:17 p.m.

Please note that we will not be holding children’s programs on Pesach itself. 
Shabbat morning children’s programming will resume after Pesach, on Saturday, April 14.

Also note that no meals will be served at shul during Pesach. 

Chag kasher v'sameach!