Pesah 5774 at PAS


Preparing for Pesah

Mekhirat Hametz, Sale of Hametz
Remember to appoint Rabbi Rein 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 5774. Printed copies are available at the synagogue; click here to read the Pesah Guide online and download it.

Sponsored by Tikkun Olam
Pre-Pesah Hametz Food Drive
Tuesday, April 1 - Wednesday, April 9 | Baskets 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. There will be collection containers in the lobby and on the 5th floor.

Sponsored by the Edmond de Rothschild Library
Haggadah Fair
Tuesday, April 1 - Thursday, April 10 | In the Gallery,  open every afternoon
Browse haggadot, find afikomen presents, pick up Pesah story books, stock up on frogs, and discover new ideas and children's activities to enliven your seder.

Sponsored by Men's Club

Passover Wine Tasting
Tuesday | April 1 | 8:30 pm
After the PAS Lecture Series with Dov Seidman, enjoy light food and drink and order kosher-for-Passover wine and shmurah matzah.

Sponsored by Men's Club
Pre-Pesah Project Ezra Food Delivery
Sunday | April 6 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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!
Sponsored by JTS@PAS
Pre-Passover Program for Families with Children ages 3-6
Sunday | April 6 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
JTS is our partner as we prepare for Pesah and learn about the Seminary in a fun-filled morning featuring music, puppets and delicious snacks.
For more information and to RSVP, please contact Stacy Friedman at or Erin Eizenstat at

College Connections Pesah Package Deadline
Monday | April 7 | 12:00 pm 
PAS college students receive a monthly email with synagogue news, updates, and insights from PAS clergy and educators, plus holiday packages.
Click here to submit or update your student's name and address.

Sponsored by the Department of Adult Learning and the Women's Network
Women's Seder
Monday | April 7 | 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.

Sponsored by JBJCS in partnership with the PAS Caring Network and Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun
Coping with the Empty Chair at the Seder: A Workshop for Bereaved Jews
Tuesday | April 8 | 7:30 - 9:00 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 Thursday, April 3 to Shira Felberbaum at or 212-632-4735.

Shaharit and Siyyum for Ta’anit Bekhorot
Monday | April 14| 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

Monday, April 14 • 14 Nisan
10:43 am | Time to stop eating hametz food
6:30 pm | Minha and Ma’ariv –  1st Night of Pesah
7:00 pm | Community Seder (Click here to register.)
Led by Rabbi Steven Rein and Cantor Shira Lissek

Tuesday, April 15 • 15 Nisan
9:15 am | Festival service – 1st Day of Pesah
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.

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. Click here for an omer-counting calendar to keep track of the count.

Wednesday, April 16 • 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 closed all week.
Most adult classes do not meet – check the Calendar.

Thursday, April 17 • 17 Nisan • 3rd Day of Pesah
7:15 am | Morning minyan with Hallel, Torah Reading and Musaf
10:00 am | Passover Melton - 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 18  • 18 Nisan • 4th Day of Pesah
7:15 am | Morning minyan with Hallel, Torah Reading and Musaf
6:15 pm | Friday Evening service

Saturday, April 19 • 19 Nisan • 5th Day of Pesah
9:15 am | Food Pantry Shabbat, at Sanctuary services
At the seder we invite "all who are hungry, come and eat." Every year on the Shabbat morning during Pesah 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 community is invited to an embellished Kiddush!

Sunday, April 20 • 20 Nisan • 6th Day of Pesah
7:15 am | Morning minyan with Hallel, Torah Reading and Musaf
5:45 pm | Minha and Festival Evening service

Monday, April 21 • 21 Nisan
7th Day of Pesah
9:15 am | Festival service
11:15 am | Young Family Pesah service
20 mins after morning services | Minha
No service at 5:45 pm

Tuesday, April 22 • 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
8:27 pm | Pesah ends. Permissible to eat hametz!