2018, March 30-April 06

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. Click for more Passover resources.

It is a longstanding tradition that Jews rid themselves of chametz, or leavened products for the Passover holiday. Some take this custom so seriously as to "sell" their bread and leavened products to a non-Jew, who is not affected by the law from the Torah. Our Senior Rabbi, Jamie Gibson, will "sell" the chametz of anyone who wishes him to do so, usually to one of our non-Jewish staff members here at Temple Sinai. After the holiday he "buys" it all back on behalf of everyone who has participated in this custom, legal fiction though it is.  

Every year the Women of Temple Sinai bake Matzo Brittle, a delicious chocolate treat, and the Brotherhood sell Passover wine to help commemorate the holiday with your families.


Celebrate Shavuot

Celebrate Shavuot

Shavuot means “weeks.” It marks the completion of the seven-week counting period, the Omer, between Passover and Shavuot. One of the three pilgrimage holidays mentioned in the Torah, it celebrates both the harvest of the first fruits and the giving of the Torah to the Jewish people on Mount Sinai over 3,000 years ago.

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