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Passover 5783

Chag sameach! Shearith Israel wishes you and your family a joyful, kosher and meaningful Passover holiday. Scroll down for information on the seders, preparing your home, selling your chametz, a schedule of CSI's Passover services and more!

Passover begins Wednesday evening, April 5, 2023, with Yom Tov on Thursday, April 6 and Friday, April 7. The final two days of Passover are Yom Tov as well, beginning Tuesday evening, April 11 through Thursday night, April 13. Yizkor will be recited during Yom Tov morning services on Thursday, April 13 at approximately 11am 


Passover Service Times:

All services will be held in-person. Non-Yom Tov weekday morning and all evening services will be on Zoom. Yom Tov and Shabbat morning services will be livestreamed (L).

Please note: Evening services will not be held on Thursday, April 6th as congregants enjoy the 2nd seder at that time. 

Livestream Services Here

Services via Zoom - Gather Here

To request access to our minyan, email


shearith seder connection

At Shearith Israel we value inclusiveness and community. Some of us are used to making large Seders for family and friends. Others among us might be looking to connect with others for a Seder experience out of the house. Who wouldn’t want to be hosted one night instead of hosting both seders?! Many of us would happily host more, but don’t know who to ask. Others would like to be hosted, but don’t want to impose. This year we will be matchmakers as the Shearith Seder Connection returns!

Please note: Submissions for the Seder Connection program have now closed. If you wish to invite community members to your seder or be a guest at a seder, please email We will do our best to accommodate those who wish to participate.  



The Rabbinical Assembly Guide provides a comprehensive review of the ways that different kinds of dishes, utensils, and cookware can be made Kosher for Passover. There is also great guidance to which foods are permissible and which are forbidden. We will have Bedikat Chametz (search for chametz) kits available for pick-up at CSI prior to Passover

Tips for preparing your home for Passover:

  1. Start by making the kitchen and dining area the only place that Chametz can be consumed.  
  2. Move one room at a time, with a thorough vacuum, sweep, and wipedown of all surfaces. Go under couches and into cushions. Any place that a crumb might have fallen deserves to be checked.
  3. When you’re ready for a “Chametz free home” move onto the Kitchen and dining areas. Consult the guide for advice.  



This comprehensive list makes Passover shopping so much easier! You’ll be fine as long as you thoroughly avoid any wheat, barley, oat, spelt, or rye products. Lots of natural foods like fruits, vegetables, Kosher meat, fish, and dairy products are great!  


Mechirat Chametz - Selling Chametz

Visit the link below to complete a short form to sell your leavened products and other food not acceptable during Passover. If possible, all Chametz, or materials containing such unacceptable food - should be destroyed or given away before the holiday begins. Should this be impossible, the Chametz may be stored in such a way that you are sure not to use it during the holiday and its actual ownership is transferred to a non-Jew until the holiday ends.

5783 / 2023 Sale of Chametz Form

The deadline to complete the form is Wednesday morning, April 5 at 10 am. Have a meaningful and kosher holiday!


Bedikat Chametz - Searching for Leaven

The ritual of Bedikat Chametz, searching for leaven, is traditionally performed the night before Passover begins. This year the search for chametz takes place on Tuesday night, April 4th. The items used in a Bedikat Chametz kit include a feather, paper bag, and a candle. 

Click here for further instructions, including the blessing, to perform the ritual of Bedikat Chametz, an act of physical and spiritual cleansing.

Bedikat chametz kits are available to be picked up in the Multi-Purpose Room at the front of the administrative wing of the CSI office. Stop by on Friday, March 31st (before 3 pm), on Shabbat morning, Monday, April 3rd, or Tuesday, April 4th to pick up a kit.  


Biur Chametz - Burning of the Chametz

All chametz gathered during the ritual of Bedikat Chametz should be burned on Wednesday, April 5th before 12pm. The community is invited to bring chametz to be burned in a small bonfire in the Shearith Israel parking lot on the morning of April 5th from 9:30 - 10am.

Click here for instructions, including the recitation, to perform the ritual of Biur Chametz.

For those refraining from eating chametz throughout the holiday, the final time chametz may be consumed is 11:26am on April 5th. 



Rabbi Kaiman's Virtual Seder Preparation Guide

Kveller Article on Preparing a Seder

My Jewish Learning - Basic Seder Tips

Ron Wolfson on Passover Seder During Pandemic

Tips for a solo or small Seder

Ron Wolfson - tips for a memorable seder

Four Children and COVID-19

CSI's Virtual Haggadah Prepared by Rabbi Kaiman



Services via Zoom - Gather Here       Livestream Services Here

For a list of Passover service leaders and candle lighting times, visit our davening page here.

tuesday, april 4

6:50 am - Morning Services

7pm Evening Services

After dark: Bedikat Chametz (searching for leaven)


Wednesday, april 5 (1st seder)

7am - Morning Services

8am Seudah of First Born w/ Mishnah Study

9:30- 10am Biur Chametz (Burning of Chametz) at CSI Parking Lot 

11:33am Last time chametz may be eaten

12:36 - Biur Chametz at home

6pm Mincha & Ma'ariv (in Chapel and on Zoom)

7:42pm Candle lighting

thursday, april 6 (2nd seder)

Pesach I

9am Yom Tov services (in Chapel and livestreamed)

Please note: Evening services will not be held on Thursday, April 6th as congregants enjoy the 2nd seder at that time. 

8:39pm Candle lighting


friday, april 7

Pesach II

9am Yom Tov Morning Services (in Chapel and livestreamed)

7:30pm Mincha/Ma'ariv (in Chapel and on Zoom)


saturday, april 8

Shabbat Chol Hamoed

9 am Shabbat Morning Service (in Sanctuary and livestreamed)

8:33 Evening Services / Havdalah


sunday, april 9

Chol Hamoed

9:00 am - Morning Services

7:00 pm Evening Services


monday, april 10

Chol Hamoed

6:50am Morning Services

7:00pm Evening Services


Tuesday, April 11

Chol Hamoed / Erev Yom Tov

6:50am Morning Services

7:00pm Mincha/Maariv Services (in Chapel)

7:47pm Candle lighting


wednesday, April 12

Yom Tov / Pesach VII

9:00am Yom Tov Morning Services (in Chapel and livestreamed)

7:00pm Mincha/Ma'ariv (in Chapel and on Zoom)

8:36pm Candle lighting


thursday, April 13

Yom Tov / Pesach VIII

9:00am Yom Tov Morning Services / Yizkor (approximately 11am) [in Sanctuary and livestreamed]

11am Yizkor*

8:35pm Ma'ariv/Havdalah (in Chapel and on Zoom)

8:45pm Chametz can be eaten

Tue, July 23 2024 17 Tammuz 5784