Passover


The 10 plagues are being demonstrated during a traditional seder.

Passover 1st Night Seder

Friday, April 19, 2019

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 Friday, April 12th and let us know what you need. (415) 664-7373 or office@bnaiemunahsf.org

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.

Passover 2nd Night Community Seder

Saturday, April 20, 2019
6:00pm at Congregation B’nai Emunah
Conducted by Rabbi Pam Frydman

Kosher Dinner Menu

  • Apple Spinach Salad
  • Zesty Beet Salad
  • Chopped Chicken Liver
  • Gefilte Fish
  • Moroccan Vegetable Tagine (vegetarian)
  • Quinoa
  • Roasted Chicken
  • Rosemary-Roasted Carrots and Parsnips
  • Cake
  • Wine, Coffee/Tea

The caterer may change some items.

Earlybird Prices  (Before April 4th)
Adults: $52 (member) – $65 (non-member) per person
Children (ages 5 – 12): $20.00 (member); $25.00 (non-member). Under age 5 free.
(Includes $1.50 Donation to Collaborative Tikkun Olam Fund)

Prices (After April 4th)
Adults: $65 (member) – $75 (non-member) per person
Children (ages 5 – 12): $27.00 (member); $35.00 (non-member). Under age 5 free.
(Includes $1.50 Donation to the Southside Jewish Collaborative’s Tikkun Olam Fund)

Please make your reservations early as space is limited and we always sell out!

Hard Deadline for Registration is Friday, April 12, 2019

To order tickets, please email the office at office[at]bnaiemunahsf.org or call 415-664-7373 or you can pledge online by clicking the button below:

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Passover Day One Service

Saturday, April 20, 2019 – 10:00am-12:30pm

Service at Congregation B’nai Emunah followed by light kiddush.

Passover Day Two Service

Sunday, April 21, 2019 – 10:00am-12:30pm

Service at Congregation B’nai Emunah followed by light kiddush.

Passover Day Eight Service

Saturday, April 27 – 10:00am-12:30pm

Service (Yizkor included) at Congregation B’nai Emunah followed by a light kiddush.

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.  You can fill out a form by clicking the button below and sending 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!

Passover Giving