Passover 2017

The 10 plagues are being demonstrated during a traditional seder.

Passover Day One Service – April 11  10am-12.30pm

Service at Congregation B’nai Emunah  with drash by Rabbi Shana Chandler-Leon from Congregation Ner Tamid.

Passover Day Two Service – April 12  10am-12pm

Rabbi Shana Chandler-Leon will be presenting a class on Passover at Congregation Ner Tamid ( 1250 Quintara St, San Francisco, CA 94116).

Passover Day Eight Service – April 18  9:30am-12:30pm

Service at Congregation Ner Tamid with drash by Rabbi Mark Melamut.  Yizkor Service included.


Passover 1st Night Seder, Monday, April 10, 2017

Do you need a place to go to celebrate the 1st night Passover Seder?
If you are hosting, do you have a place at your table for a guest or guests?

Reach out to the office by Monday, April 3rd and let us know what you need. (415) 664-7373 or

We’ll do our best to try to match you up as a guest or a host so that all community members have a place for 1st Night Seder.

Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions, pets, pet allergies, transportation needs, etc.

The office will be closed on Monday, April 10th and Tuesday, April 11th,
so make sure to reach out to us ahead of time.

Happy Passover from B’nai Emunah!

Passover 2nd Night Community Seder, Tuesday, April 11, 2017

6:30pm at Congregation B’nai Emunah
Conducted by Rabbi Mark Melamut

Kosher Dinner Menu

  • Apple Spinach Salad
  • Smoked Eggplant Spread
  • Vegetarian Matzo Ball Soup
  • Chopped Chicken Liver
  • Gefilte Fish
  • Roasted Chicken or Brisket
  • Potato Mash
  • Roasted Asparagus & Bell Peppers
  • Wine, Coffee/Tea

Adults: $55 (member) – $60 (non-member) per person
Children (ages 5 – 12): $18.00 (member); $25.00 (non-member). Under age 5 free.
(Includes $2.00 Donation to Collaborative Tikkun Olam Fund)
Please make your reservations early as space is limited and we always sell out!

**Hard Deadline for Registration is Monday, April 3, 2017**

Please contact the office to make reservations!


Cleaning out the Chametz

A crumb here, a crumb there, chametz seems to be everywhere. We recall that not only do we eat matzah on Pesach, as we read in Exodus 12:20, “you shall eat matzah,” but we are also advised to “eat nothing leavened (chametz).” And, the wisdom of Jewish tradition teaches us that the best way to avoid eating something, is to simply not have it around. Thus, we learn, “No leaven (chametz) shall be found in your houses.” (Exodus 12:19)

One of our spiritual tasks is then to try to remove all chametz from our homes. What is chametz? It is any food product made from wheat, barley, rye, oats, spelt, or their derivatives, which has come in contact with water or moisture and allowed to rise. When we remove chametz, we are also said to be ridding ourselves of pride, materialism, and envy – those things that unnecessarily “puff” us up. Since it can be a physical and financial hardship to completely rid our homes of chametz, Jewish law permits food to be stored away. It is to remain tucked away in a specific place, unseen and unused. This is the Jewish version of “out of sight, out of mind.” The ownership of chametz can then be “transferred” to a non-Jewish person by the rabbi through the authorization of another document.

At B’nai Emunah, we are continuing a tradition begun several years ago. We re-introduced this ancient custom with a new twist – making this a mitzvah by asking you to “sell” your chametz by completing this form and returning it to our office, along with a suggested donation of at least $18. The money we collect will then be split between the Southside Jewish Collaborative Tikkun Olam Fund, which uses the funds to feed the homeless in San Francisco, and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, to which we donate in memory of our dear friend, Rabbi Cyndie Culpeper.

Please help us again this year to perpetuate this tradition by contacting the office to authorize your sale.
Thank you and Happy Passover!