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service schedule

All services are at South Campus (6025 Valley Circle Blvd) and are broadcast on our livestream page unless otherwise noted below.

 

Monday, April 22, 2024 

Erev Pesach        

8:00 am   Morning Minyan and Fast of the Firstborn Study & Siyyum  (Sanctuary)

Breakfast will immediately follow the study & siyyum.

In gratitude for the first-born Israelites in Egypt who did not die along with the first-born Egyptians as part of the final plague, it has been a Jewish observance for the first-born of Jewish families to fast on the day before the first seder. It has become a Jewish custom for the first-born to finish the study of a Jewish text (called a siyyum), in order to participate in a celebratory meal and hence become exempt from the fast. While this traditionally was only the practice for first-born males, at Hamakom we encourage women to participate in this ritual. On the morning of this ritual, we will conclude with a breakfast. The breakfast is sponsored by Robert Silverberg and family and Geoff Silver and family.

 

5:30 pm   Evening Minyan  (Zoom)

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

1st Day Pesach

9:15 am   Anshe Chesed Yibaneh (Offsite)

For more information and location, email Barbara at chesed48@gmail.com

9:30 am   Shira Service  (Chapel)

9:45 am   Neshama Service  (Sanctuary)

2nd Night Pesach

6:30 pm   2nd Night Passover Community Seder  (Social Hall)  NORTH CAMPUS

Registration for the 2nd Night Passover Community Seder is now closed. 

 

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

2nd Day Pesach 

9:15 am   Anshe Chesed Yibaneh (Offsite)

For more information and location, email Barbara at chesed48@gmail.com

9:30 am   2nd Day Passover Service  (Sanctuary)

 

Friday, April 26, 2024

6:00 pm   Friday Evening Service  (Sanctuary)

Saturday, April 27, 2024 

Chol HaMoed Pesach   

9:15 am   Anshe Chesed Yibaneh (Offsite)  

For more information and location, email Barbara at chesed48@gmail.com

9:30 am    Shira Service  (Chapel)                                                                                                            

9:45 am    Neshama Service  (Sanctuary)

 

Sunday, April 28, 2024

9:00 am   Morning Minyan  (Sanctuary and Zoom)

Monday, April 29, 2024  

7th Day Pesach   

9:15 am   Anshe Chesed Yibaneh (Offsite)   

For more information and location, email Barbara at chesed48@gmail.com

9:30 am   7th Day Passover Service  (Sanctuary)      

7:15 pm   Erev 8th Day Pesach Minyan  (Zoom)

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

8th Day Pesach (Shira and Neshama services now both on South Campus)

9:15 am   Anshe Chesed Yibaneh (Offsite)

For more information and location, email Barbara at chesed48@gmail.com

9:30 am   Shira Service (Sanctuary)

Yizkor will take place at 11:00 am

9:45 am   Neshama Service  (Sanctuary)

Yizkor will take place at 12:00 pm

sell your chametz

Click here to sell your chametz by 9:00 a.m. on Monday, April 22, 2024.

 

All money from the Sale of Chametz will be donated to Leket Israel, the leading food rescue organization in Israel. Unique among all other organizations that serve the poor in Israel and food banks worldwide, Leket Israel’s sole focus is rescuing healthy, surplus food and delivering it to those in need through partner nonprofit organizations.

 

Count the Omer

Click here to count the Omer

 

Counting the Omer, Sefirat haOmer, is a daily mitzvah that begins on the second night of Passover and lasts until Shavuot. In the Torah, Leviticus 23:10, we are commanded to bring daily portions, the first Omer or sheaf of barley, for seven weeks for collection at the Temple. Inspired by the mystical tradition, it has become a custom to focus on spiritual growth during the 49 days between celebrating our liberation from slavery on Passover and the giving of the Torah on Shavuot.

 

the mitzvah of the passover seder

The mitzvah of the Passover Seder is to feel as if you personally were redeemed from Egypt. We reenact the Exodus the experience of our ancestors as they left Egypt. But the text of the haggadah is just the beginning for us to feel as if we experienced it ourselves. As we gather for our seders this year, here are some questions to consider as you strive to fulfill the mitzvah of the seder:

 

  1. What are things/ideas that enslave you personally? 
  2. What are things/ideas that cause our society to be enslaved?
  3. What would it mean for you to be personally "liberated"?
  4. What would it mean for our society to be "liberated"?

History

Passover, or Pesach in Hebrew, is one of the three major pilgrimage festivals of ancient Israel. Originally a combination of a couple of different spring festivals, it is a commemoration of the Exodus from Egypt–especially the night when God “passed over” the houses of the Israelites during the tenth plague–and of the following day, when the Israelites had to leave Egypt hurriedly. Centered on the family or communal celebration of the seder (ritual meal), Passover is one of the most beloved of all Jewish holidays.

 

The origins of Passover lie in pre-Israelite spring celebrations of the first grain harvest and the births of the first lambs of the season. Within a Jewish context, however, it celebrates God’s great redemptive act at the time of the Exodus, leading the Israelites out from slavery in Egypt to freedom. Together with Shavout (the Festival of Weeks) and Sukkot (The Festival of Booths), Pesach is one of the ancient Israelite pilgrimage festivals, during which adult males journeyed to the Temple in Jerusalem to offer sacrifices and bask in the divine presence. Since the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE, the focus of Pesach celebration shifted to the ritual meal, called the seder, that takes place either in the home or in the community.

 

At Home

In anticipation of Pesach, it is traditional to engage in Pesach cleaning. During the holiday, Jews’ food reflects the major theme of Passover, reliving God’s great redemptive act, albeit in a vicarious manner. Because the Israelites had no time to let their bread rise, Jewish law forbids eating (or even possessing) any food that contains leaven. Therefore, a major part of the preparations for Pesach consists of removing all traces of leavened foods from the home and replacing them with unleavened foods (though many Jews prefer to “sell” their unused leaven products to a non-Jew for the duration of the holiday). This necessitates both a cleanup and the replacement of one’s ordinary dishes with special Pesach ones. It also requires a shopping expedition to stock the kitchen with special Passover-kosher foods.

 

Seder

The central ritual of Pesach is the seder, a carefully choreographed ritual meal that takes place either in the home or in the community. A number of symbolic foods are laid out on the table, of which the most important are the matzah, the unleavened “bread of affliction,” and the shankbone, which commemorates the Pesach sacrifice in the Temple. The seder follows a script laid out in the Haggadah, a book that tells the story of the redemption from Egypt and thanks God for it. Although the Haggadah is a traditional text, many people–particularly in the modern world–add to it and revise it in accord with their theology and understanding of God’s redemptive actions in the world.

 

In the Community

Although the focus of Passover observance is on the home, it should not be forgotten that Pesach is a holiday, on the first and last days of which traditional Judaism prohibits working. There are special synagogue services, including special biblical readings, among which one finds Shir ha-Shirim, “The Song of Songs” and Hallel, Psalms of praise and thanksgiving for God’s saving act in history. The last day of Passover is one of the four times a year that the Yizkor service of remembrance is recited.

 

Theology and Themes

The overarching theme of Passover is redemption. After all, this is the holiday that celebrates God’s intervention in history to lead the Israelites from slavery to freedom. It is a time to celebrate God as the great liberator of humanity. The divine redemption of the Israelites thus becomes the blueprint for the Jewish understanding of God and divine morality and ethics, which can be seen in Jewish participation at the forefront of movements for social justice.

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