Pesah 5775 at PAS


Preparing for Pesah

Mekhirat Hametz, Sale of Hametz
Remember to appoint Rabbi Zuckerman as your agent to sell your hametz.
To use the online version of the Authorization to Sell Hametz, click here.
To download a print version, click here.

For information on how to make your kitchen ready for Passover and what foods are permitted during the holiday, see the Pesah Guide 5775. Printed copies are available at the synagogue; click here to read the Pesah Guide online and download it.

To use the PAS 5775 Haggadah Supplement to bring lively discussion to your Seder, click on the title to download Four Cups of Freedom: A Haggadah Supplement On the Occasion of the 150th Anniversary of the End of the American Civil War.

Sponsored by Men's Club
Passover Wine Tasting and Sale
Thursday | March 19 | 7:00 pm
Enjoy light food and drink and order kosher-for-Passover wine and shmurah matzah. Click here for this year's wine list. Click here to order wine online.

Sponsored by the Rothschild Library
Seder Pop-up Shop
Monday, March 23 - Tuesday, March 31 | In the Gallery,  open every afternoon
Find afikomen presents, including Pesah story books and frogs!

Sponsored by Tikkun Olam
Pre-Pesah Hametz Food Drive
Monday, March 23 - Wednesday, April 1 |Collection containers in the lobby & 5th floor
Two mitzvot in one! When you clean your kitchen for Passover, bring your unopened packages and cans (no glass) of nonperishable food to the synagogue for donation to the New York Common Pantry.

College Connections Pesah Package Deadline
Thursday | March 26 | 5:00 pm 
If you've not yet submitted or updated your student's address, click here in time for him or her to receive a Pesah package from PAS.

Sponsored by JBJCS in partnership with the PAS Caring Network and Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun
Coping with the Empty Seat at the Seder: A Workshop for Bereaved Jews
Thursday | March 26 | 6:30 pm
After a loved one dies, the seder can bring to the surface painful reminders of the loss. Join other bereaved Jews to explore ways to allow for grief, while seeking meaning and comfort in Passover themes.
RSVP by March 24 to Shira Felberbaum at or 212-632-4735.

Community Seders RSVP Deadline
Friday | March 27 | 5:00 pm
1st Night Seder: Led by Rabbi Neil Zuckerman and Cantor Shira Lissek.
2nd Night Seder: Led by Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove and Cantor Azi Schwartz.
Young Family Seder: Led by Rabbi Ethan Witkovsky, Matt Check, and Eliana Light.
Registration for the community seders is now closed.

Sponsored by Men's Club
Pre-Pesah Project Ezra Food Delivery
Sunday | March 29 | 9:00 am
Partner with Project Ezra and the PAS Men’s Club to bring kosher-for-Passover food packages to Jewish seniors on the Lower East Side. This is a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with many of the seniors who attend the annual Project Ezra Hanukkah event at PAS and to ensure they can have a hag kasher v’sameah!

Seder Bootcamp
Sunday | March 29
9:30 am | Check in, enjoy light breakfast, shop at the Men’s Club wine and matzah sale and at the Seder Pop-up Shop. Buy David Arnow's book, Creating Lively Passover Seders
10:00 am | Keynote by David Arnow
11:oo am & 12:00 pm | Breakout sessions with Rabbi Cosgrove, Rabbi Zuckerman, Rabbi Savenor, Cantor Schwartz, Leah Loeterman and Ben Ellerin.
Click here to register

Young Family Pesah Art Workshop
Sunday | March 29 | 10:30 am
Click here to register.

Sponsored by the Department of Adult Learning and the Women's Network
Women's Seder
Monday | March 30 | 6:00 pm, Cocktails and Schmoozing; 6:30 pm, Seder begins
Women of PAS are invited to a seder developed by and for women. We will celebrate the contributions of women to Judaism, learn about the women of the Passover story and enjoy a festive meal with other women in our congregation.
Cost: $36 members; $54 general. Click here to register.

Shaharit and Siyyum for Ta’anit Bekhorot
Friday | April 3 | 7:00 am
Firstborns (whether of their father or their mother) are obligated to fast on erev Pesah to commemorate the redemption of Israel’s firstborn while Egypt’s firstborn perished; however, the commandment to celebrate the completion of a unit of Talmud study (siyyum) outweighs the commandment to fast. In order not to have to fast on the day before the seder, firstborn sons (and increasingly, daughters) attend morning minyan and a culminating study session and then join in the celebratory meal afterwards.  

During Pesah

Friday, April 3 • 14 Nisan
11:55 am | Time to stop eating hametz food
6:15 pm | Minha and Ma’ariv –  1st Night of Pesah
7:00 pm | Community Seder (Click here to register.)
Led by Rabbi Neil Zuckerman and Cantor Shira Lissek

Saturday, April 4 • 15 Nisan
9:15 am | Festival service – 1st Day of Pesah & Food Pantry Shabbat

At the seder we invite: "all who are hungry, come and eat." Every year during Pesah we honor the teen volunteers who distribute food to the hungry in our community throughout the year. Student leaders of the Food Pantry will speak about their experiences. 

The musaf service on the first day of Pesah begins with the cantor's recitation of the hymn Tal, the prayer for dew. Beginning with this service, and until the end of Sukkot next fall, we no longer say mashiv ha-ruah u-morid ha-gashem (You cause the wind to blow and the rain to fall) at the start of the Amidah.

The community is invited to an embellished Kiddush in honor of the Food Pantry volunteers.

20 mins after morning services | Minha

5:00 pm | Young Family Pesah Seder (Click here to register.)
6:30 pm | Ma’ariv – 2nd Night of Pesah
7:00 pm | Community Seder (Click here to register.)
Led by Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove and Cantor Azi Schwartz
Begin counting the omer - the 49 days from Pesah to Shavuot - at the second seder.

Sunday, April 5 • 16 Nisan • 2nd Day of Pesah
9:15 am | Festival Service – 2nd Day of Pesah
20 mins after morning services | Minha
No service at 5:45 pm

ECC, Congregational School, and High School are closed all week.
Most adult classes do not meet – check the Calendar.

Monday, April 6 • 17 Nisan • 3rd Day of Pesah
7:15 am | Morning minyan with Hallel, Torah Reading and Musaf
5:45 pm | Minha/ma'ariv
6:45 pm | Siddur Hebrew 1 & 2
7:00 pm | Exploring Judaism | Sutton Place Synagogue | Rabbi Benjamin Resnick

Tuesday, April 7  • 18 Nisan • 4th Day of Pesah
7:15 am | Minyan with Hallel, Torah Reading and Musaf
8:00 am | Essential Essays | Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove
11:30 am | Contemporary Jewish Thought | Rabbi Neil Zuckerman
5:45 pm | Minha/ma'ariv

Wednesday, April 8 • 19 Nisan • 5th Day of Pesah
7:15 am | Minyan with Hallel, Torah Reading and Musaf
5:45 pm | Minha/ma'ariv

Thursday, April 9 • 20 Nisan • 6th Day of Pesah
7:15 am | Minyan with Hallel, Torah Reading and Musaf
10:00 am | Passover Melton Class - Open to All  | Rabbi Neil Zuckerman
A mid-Passover learning session with Rabbi Zuckerman has become a PAS Pesah tradition. No cost, but please click here to register in advance.
5:45 pm | Minha/ma'ariv

Friday, April 10 • 21 Nisan
7th Day of Pesah
9:15 am | Festival service
11:15 am | 7th Day Pesah Family Service
20 mins after morning services | Minha
6:15 pm | Shabbat/Festival Evening service

Saturday, April 11 • 22 Nisan • 8th Day of Pesah
9:15 am | Festival service, including Yizkor
20 mins after morning services | Minha
No service at 5:45 pm
8:11 pm | Pesah ends. Permissible to eat hametz!