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Celebrating Passover

Passover provides us with an annual opportunity to renew our commitments and teach our story to the next generation. We do so through a series of acts intended to help us internalize and live the wisdom of our tradition. From cleaning our homes to getting ready for the seder, everything we do to prepare for and to celebrate Passover is imbued with substantial spiritual significance. For a listing of Pesach rituals and service times, please scroll to the bottom of this page.

There is diversity in how K.I. households observe Passover; all are welcome to participate in the following meaningful acts.


Cleaning the House

Cleaning our homes of hametz-leaven-is a metaphor for searching inside ourselves to rid our lives of pride, self-centeredness, materialism, and other character traits that interfere with our living our lives as meaningfully as we are able. Accordingly cleaning for Passover is a thorough process. Generally speaking, it is best to run down stocks of hametz in our cabinets, refrigerators, and freezers at this time of year to enable a fresh start after Passover.

Passover Shopping

Many of us have memories of special Passover foods prepared in the home of parents or grandparents-matza balls, gefilte fish, haroset, brisket, matza meal cakes, etc… This year, with supply chains still disrupted because of the pandemic, it might be helpful to read this letter and learn about potential leniencies that enable a kosher but simpler Passover.

Search for Hametz

After dark, Thursday night, March 25: The cleaning complete, one member of the household 'hides' a few pieces of bread for the others to find by candlelight. Before the search commences, recite the following blessing:

Barukh ata Adonai elohaynu melech  haolom asher kidshanu b'mitzvotav v'tzeevanu al bee-ur hametz.

You, Adonai, Source of Blessing, Ruler of the Universe, have sanctified us through Your commandments and commanded us regarding the burning of hametz.

Complete the search (preferably in silence), wrap up the bread and the paper bag used to collect it, and declare:

Kol Hamira v'hami-a d'ika birshuti d'la chamitay udla viartay udla ydana lay, libatel v'layhavay hefker k'afra d'ara.*

May all leaven in my possession, which I have not seen or removed be regarded as non-existent and considered as mere dust of the earth.

*Please note: The declaration is written in Aramaic because Aramaic was the vernacular of the Jewish people for hundreds of years. While reading the Aramaic preserves the traditional formula, for most of us, reciting the phrase in English better accomplishes the goal of making the declaration understandable.

Burning of Hametz

Friday, March 26, no later than 10 AM:  As soon as your house is as free of hametz as it will get, set the bread from the previous night's search a safe distance from the house in a receptacle outdoors and light it on fire. Witness the hametz burning, recite the following declaration, then tend to the fire until it burns out:

Kol hamira v'hamia d'ika virshuti, dahazitei udla hazitei, dahamitei udla hamitay, divaritay udla viaritay, libatel vlehavi hefker k'afra d'ara.

May all leaven in my possession, whether I have seen it or not, whether I have removed it or not, whether I have burnt it or not, be regarded as non-existent and considered as mere dust of the earth.

Selling of Hametz & Passover Fund

For information and a form to empower Rabbi Weiner as your agent for selling your hamet, download the March issue of KOL K.I. and send in the form before the deadline.


By custom, firstborn Jews fast on the day before Pesach, with the understanding that only circumstances of birth prevented us from death the eve of the first Pesach in Egypt. Attending a siyum, a celebration of the completion of a unit of Torah study, overrides the commandment to fast. This year the observance takes place on Thursday morning, March 25. KI recommends attending a siyyum offered by the Rabbinical Assembly on Zoom.

Pesach Rituals — 2021

Thursday, March 25  
“Search” for Hametz after dark

Friday, March 26
• Burn hametz before 10 a.m.
• Candle lighting before sundown, by 6:53 p.m.
• Use egg matza for Hamotzi for shabbat meals

Saturday, March 27
Candle lighting at nightfall, 7:55 p.m., then first seder

Sunday, March 28
Candle lighting at nightfall 7:56 p.m., then second seder

Monday, March 29
Havdala no earlier than 7:57 p.m.

Friday, April 2
Candle lighting before sundown, 7:01 p.m.

Saturday, April 3
Candle lighting at nightfall, 8:03 p.m.; may add yahrzeit candle

Sunday, April 4
Havdala not before 8:04 p.m.; hametz not consumed before 9:04 p.m.

Passover Services – 2021

Friday, March 26
Kabbalat Shabbat, 5:45 p.m. (live & livestream)

Saturday, March 27
Shabbat Shaharit, 9:30 a.m. (live & livestream)

Sunday, March 28 – First Day of Pesah
Morning Shaharit, 9:30 a.m. (live & livestream)*

*No service is scheduled for the first or second evenings of Passover or for Monday morning, March 29.

Tuesday, March 30 & Thursday, April 1 – Hol HaMoed Pesah
Evening Davening, 7:00 p.m. (Zoom)

Friday, April 2
Festival Maariv – 5:45 p.m. (live & livestream)

Saturday, April 3 – Seventh Day of Pesah
Shabbat & Festival Shaharit, 9:30 a.m. (live & livestream)

Sunday, April 4 – Eighth Day of Pesah
• Shabbat & Festival Shaharit, 9:30 a.m. (live & livestream)
• Yizkor begins after 10:15 a.m. (live & livestream)

For more information on Passover observances and seder practices from other times and cultures, download the March issue of KOL K.I. here.

Thu, April 15 2021 3 Iyyar 5781