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Passover 5784

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 Monday evening, April 22nd, 2024, with Yom Tov on Tuesday, April 23rd and Wednesday, April 24th. The final two days of Passover are Yom Tov as well, beginning Sunday evening, April 28th through Tuesday night, April 30th. Yizkor will be recited during Yom Tov morning services on Tuesday, April 30th at approximately 11am 

All services during the holiday will be held in-person. Chol HaMoed weekday morning and evening services will also be on Zoom. Yom Tov and Shabbat morning services will be livestreamed. To request access to our minyan on Zoom, email

Please note: Evening services will not be held on Monday, April 22nd or Tuesday, April 23rd as congregants enjoy the seders at that time. 

Livestream Services Here

Services via Zoom - Gather Here

View our 2024 / 5784 Passover Guide



passover service times:

L = Livestream
Z = Zoom
^ = in-person only



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.

5784 / 2024 Sale of Chametz Form

The deadline to complete the form is Wednesday, April 17th at 12 pm. 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 Sunday night, April 21st. The items used in a Bedikat Chametz kit include a feather, paper bag, and a candle. 

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

Bedikat chametz kits will be available to be picked up in the Multi-Purpose Room at the front of the administrative wing of the CSI office. 

Bedikat Chametz - Ritual Instructions & Blessing


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 the button below 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. 

Biur Chametz - Ritual Instructions & Recitation



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.

sUNday, april 21

9 am - Morning Services (on Zoom via link above)

7 pm Evening Services (on Zoom via link above)

After dark: Bedikat Chametz (searching for leaven)


MOnday, april 22 (1st seder)

7 am - Morning Services (on Zoom via link above)

8 am Seudah of First Born w/ Mishnah Study

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

Evening services will not be held on Monday, April 22nd as congregants enjoy the 1st seder at that time.

7:57 pm Candle lighting

tuesday, april 23 (2nd seder)

Pesach I

9am Yom Tov services (in Chapel and livestreamed)

Evening services will not be held on Tuesday, April 23rd as congregants enjoy the 2nd seder at that time. 

8:57 pm Candle lighting


wednesday, april 24

Pesach II

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

7 pm Mincha (in-person only)

Ma'ariv by request*


thursday, april 25

Chol Hamoed

7 am Morning Service (on Zoom via link above)

7 pm Evening Services / Havdalah (on Zoom via link above)


friday, april 26

Chol Hamoed

7 am Morning Services (on Zoom via link above)

7:30 pm Kabbalat Shabbat & Ma'ariv Services (on Zoom via link above)


saturday, april 27

Shabbat Chol Hamoed

9 am Shabbat Morning Services (livestreamed)

Ma'ariv is by request*

8:48 pm Havdalah 


sunday, April 28

Chol Hamoed / Erev Yom Tov

9 am Morning Services (on Zoom via link above)

7 pm Mincha/Maariv Services (in Chapel) (on Zoom via link above)

8:01 pm Candle lighting


monday, April 29

Yom Tov / Pesach VII

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

7 pm Mincha/Ma'ariv (in-person only)

9:02 pm Candle lighting


tuesday, April 30

Yom Tov / Pesach VIII

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

11am Yizkor*

7 pm Mincha (in-person only)

Ma'ariv is by request* 

8:51 pm Havdalah

Chametz can be eaten


*email to request a Ma'ariv service

Wed, April 17 2024 9 Nisan 5784