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Passover at K.I.

Passover celebrations mark the beginning of spring on the Jewish calendar. Intense preparations precede the holiday of our freedom, which begins with two festive seders. Below please find information about preparing for Passover and service and programming times at Knesset Israel.

Preparing for Passover:

The Rabbinical Assembly publishes an annual Passover guide about kosher-for-Passover food and best practices for making a kitchen and home ready for the holiday. The best bet for Passover shopping in the area is the Stop & Shop market on Dan Fox Drive, Pittsfield. Click here for more information about finding kosher food in the Berkshires.

Preparation for Passover involves cleaning out all the hametz - leaven - from our homes. We encourage people to discard open hametz and to donate unopened hametz to a local food pantry, such as the one at South Congregational Church, Pittsfield. There are sometimes reasons (crumbs, expensive grain liquor) to sell what might remain, rather than donate it or discard it, so that it will not be in your possession during the holiday. To appoint Rabbi Weiner as the agent to sell your hametz, click here. This particular sale works best for hametz in the Northeast.

Passover Programming:

Knesset Israel Families Together offers "From Soup to Nuts: A Passover Program" for families - Sunday, April 7, 10-noon. Children will connect tzedaka and Passover by reading stories and making soup packets and placemats to donate to a local food bank. Meanwhile, parents will explore creative ways to make seder accessible and meaningful for everyone at the table and discuss how we talk about violence and other challenging topics with our children. Brunch included - please RSVP. (Major funding provided by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation)

First Night Seder:

Hosted by Knesset Israel, the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires seder takes place on Friday, April 19. KI's Rabbi David Weiner leads the community through an engaging evening of song, study, discussion and celebration. The kosher meal is catered by the Crown Market of West Hartford. Please click here to sign up through the Jewish Federation - $40/adult, $20/child over 4, free under 4, byo certified kosher wine. Scholarships are available - no one who wishes to attend seder will be turned away for financial hardship - please call the Jewish Federation (413) 442-4360 for more information.

Passover Service Times - April, 2019

Friday, April 19 - Eve of Passover/First Seder

  • Festival Maariv - sanctuary | 6:00 p.m.
  • Jewish Federation of the Berkshires Seder - social hall | 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 20- First Day of Passover/Second Seder

  • Festival Shaharit  | 9:30 a.m.
  • No Hebrew School
  • No evening service at K.I.

Sunday, April 21 - Second Day of Passover

  • Festival Shaharit  | 9:30 a.m.
  • Festival Minha only  | 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 23 - Fourth Day of Passover

  • Minha/Maariv  | 7:00 p.m.

Friday, April 26 - Seventh Day of Passover

  • Festival Shaharit  | 9:30 a.m.
  • Festival Minha/Maariv  | 5:45 p.m.

Saturday, April 27 - Eighth Day of Passover

  • Festival Shaharit  | 9:30 a.m.
  • Yizkor (approximate time)  | 10:30 a.m.
  • Typical Hebrew School Day  | 8:40-noon

Pesah Ritual Times for Pittsfield:

  • Turn in Hametz sale form to the KI office by Wednesday, April 17
  • Search for Hametz on Thursday, April 18, after nightfall
  • Hametz burnt before 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 19
  • Friday, April 19 - light candles no later than 7:21 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 20 - light candles no earlier than 8:21 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 21 - havdala no earlier than 8:21 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 25 - light candles no later than 7:28 p.m.
  • Friday, April 26 - light candles no earlier than 7:29 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 27 - havdala no earlier than 8:29 p.m.
  • Hametz consumed no earlier than 9:28 p.m. on Saturday, April 27
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