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How do I observe Passover now?

As we approach Pesach, I am incredibly grateful.  Amidst rapidly shifting sands, our leadership and staff have been incredible.  They have worked tirelessly to connect us to one another in challenging times.  If you need anything, please reach out. We want to make this the best (and only) Quarantine Passover ever!

Passover is possible in a pandemic.  In this video, I discuss the Rabbinical Assembly’s suggestions for a safe and KOSHER Passover.  You do not need a Facebook account to watch this video.

Since we are forbidden to OWN chametz, you may appoint me as your agent to sell your chametz using our online Sale of Chametz Form.   I must receive your completed form by Wednesday at 8:30 am.  (Assuming the buyer does not want your chametz back, you may unlock the chametz cabinet at 9 pm on Thursday, April 16, following your Havdalah at 8:47 pm.)

Wednesday morning is the Fast of the Firstborn.  I will be having a Shacharit service at 8:30 am on Zoom, followed by your own celebratory food (a seudat mitzvah breaking said fast) outside to celebrate me completing Mishnah Pesachim.  Following that, you will want to stop eating chametz by 11:02 am and burn or destroy it by 12:15 pm.  Since burning in an apartment is dangerous, throwing it in the trash is also an acceptable way of destroying chametz.  If you want to be extra sure, you can sprinkle a little kitchen cleaner on top to ensure it is totally inedible.

This year has produced new and exciting challenges.  We are all having small seders. We are not physically together.  That does not mean we are spiritually distant. We are coming together in so many beautiful ways. While Passover is an exciting and liberating time, preparing for it can sometimes feel like slavery. 

Ultimately, have a joyous Passover. We will get through this.  You are not alone. We are all in this together. We are still working on a kosher solution to services on holidays and Shabbat. We are ALMOST there.  Stay tuned.

With love, 
Rabbi Philip Weintraub

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Rabbi Weintraub's Tips for a Pandemic Passover

Rabbi Weintraub's Tips for a Pandemic Passover:
Based on updated guidelines from The Rabbinical Assembly, most things haven't really changed. We needn't add unnecessary prohibitions.

  • Sell your Chametz -  here's our online form
  • Clean your home as best you are able. 
  • Do some Passover shopping in your pantry.  What you already have may be acceptable.
  • Matzah is ONLY required at the seder. You do not NEED to eat it the rest of the week.
  • Focus on what is meaningful to your family.  Consider adding an additional item to your Seder plate that reflects how your family is responding to our current plague.
  • Take time to be mindful if even for a few moments.  What "emotional-Chametz" is on your heart?  

Passover starts this Wednesday night! 

Candle lighting on Wednesday is 7:34 pm, and on Thursday at 8:43 pm.

The Rabbinical Assembly's Pesah Guides:
If you have a question regarding these guides, please contact Rabbi Weintraub for further guidance.

Additional Resources 

Passover Songs with Hazzan Schultz

Hosting Passover for the First Time?
Are you now the youngest (and maybe the only) person in your home? Haven't had to sing the Four Questions in a few years or want to help your children learn? Learn Ma Nishtana and other Passover songs with Hazzan Schultz on our YouTube Channel.  

Sell Chametz & Donate to Maot Chittim Fund

Note: Leading halachic authorities have ruled that online authorizations are acceptable for the purpose of selling chametz. The traditional and preferred practice, however, is for the authorization transaction to be done in person with Rabbi Weintraub.

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Yizkor

The Yizkor service provides us the opportunity to pause and reflect upon the memory of loved ones no longer with us.  While we are unable to pray together, we express our hope the deceased rest in peace under God’s divine protection. We pledge to give tzedakah in their memory and, as we honor their memory, we help CBI secure its future.





I would like to honor the memory of my loved ones and make a Yizkor donation in their memory.

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