Pesach at Shaare Zedek

April 19 - 27, 2019



Selling your Chameitz: We are no longer accepting forms at this time. Fill out this online form, or submit this hard-copy form to the Shaare Zedek office, by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, April 16We cannot accept responsibility for forms received after that time. Please do not submit this form if you do not live in the same time zone as New York City. 

Ma'ot Chitim: We are no longer accepting donations. 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. Please make a donation to our Matzah Fund here or by sending a check to our P.O. Box: Congregation Shaare Zedek, P.O. Box 720277, Jackson Heights, NY 11372. Donations to the Matzah Fund should be sent in by Tuesday, April 16. Please note that online donations will have 3% deducted for credit card processing fees.

Matzah Fund Donations

Bedikat Chametz: This customary candlelight search for leavened bread should take place after 8:10 p.m. the night of Thursday, April 18.

Cessation of Eating Chametz: The latest time to eat chametz is 10:41 a.m. on Friday, April 19. Those who sell their chametz through Shaare Zedek will not resume ownership of it until one hour after Passover ends, at 9:30 pm on Saturday, April 27.

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 11:11 a.m. on Friday, April 19. 

Please refer to the 5779 Pesach Guide for additional, detailed information about Pesach preparations. 

Service times & Candlelighting

Friday, April 19: Erev Pesach, Ta'anit Bechorot, First Seder

10:41 a.m. Last time to eat chametz

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

7:22 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)

As it is customary to begin your seder after nightfall, be sure to begin Seder after 8:11 pm

Saturday, April 20: First Day of Pesach, Second Seder

9:30 a.m. Shabbat morning services at the FCC, 214 W. 97th Street
Please help us make minyan by arriving promptly at 9:30 a.m.

(There will be no Kiddush nor will there be Mincha/Seudah Shlishit/Ma'ariv)

8:22 p.m. Candle lighting; 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 21: Second Day of Pesach

9:45 a.m. Yom Tov morning services with Ansche Chesed, 251 W. 100th Street

8:24 p.m. Yom Tov ends with Havdalah

Friday, April 26: Seventh Day of Pesach / Erev Shabbat

9:30 a.m. Yom Tov morning services at the FCC, 214 W. 97th Street

7:29 p.m. Candle lighting
(No Shabbat evening services)

Saturday, April 27: Final Day of Pesach /Shabbat

9:30 a.m. Shabbat morning services

(No evening services)

8:32 p.m. Havdalah

Chametz sold through the shul can be eaten at 9:30 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, May 4.

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

Chag kasher v'sameach!