Pesach, known as Passover in English, is a major Jewish spring festival, commemorating the Exodus from Egypt more than 3,000 years ago.The ritual observance of this holiday centers around a special home service called the seder (meaning "order") and a festive meal; the prohibition of chametz (leaven); and the eating of matzah (an unleavened bread). On the eve of the fifteenth day of Nisan in the Hebrew calendar, we read from a book called the hagaddah, meaning "telling," which contains the order of prayers, rituals, readings and songs for the Pesach seder. The Pesach seder is the only ritual meal in the Jewish calendar year for which such an order is prescribed, hence its name.

The seder has a number of scriptural bases. Exodus 12:3-11 describes the meal of lamb, unleavened bread and bitter herbs which the Israelites ate just prior to the Exodus. In addition, three separate passages in Exodus (12:26-7, 13:8, 13:14) and one in Deuteronomy (6:20-21) enunciate the duty of the parents to tell the story of the Exodus to their children. The seder plate contains various symbolic foods referred to in the seder itself.

Passover Breakfast
Tuesday, April 11, 9:30 a.m.

Passover Service
Tuesday, April 11, 10:30 a.m.

Passover Family Seder: Let Us Make the Seder for You!
Tuesday, April 11, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Join us for our family friendly Passover Seder with delicious food, thought provoking discussion, joyful song and activities for children. The Passover Seder is one of the Jewish peoples’ most treasured traditions. To this day, in every corner of the world, Jewish families come together to reconstruct that original Passover Seder, again and again, year after year. And every year, there is more to learn. We look forward to sharing this tradition with you and your family this year at Temple Israel. Dinner will include matzah ball soup, roast brisket, potato kugel, salad, chocolate-dipped macaroons for dessert, and all the traditional favorites such as charoset, gefilte fish and, of course, matzah. Kids are advised to get their detective skills ready to search for the afikoman.
Reservations are a must! Please contact the Temple Israel office, or
402-556-6536, by Monday, April 3, to reserve your seats. Cost of the dinner is: $27 for adults, $14 for children ages 6-12, and no charge for children ages five and under. After April 3, the cost of the dinner is: $37 for adults, $24 for children 6-12, and no charge for children ages five and under.

Concluding Passover Service and Yizkor
Monday, April 17, 10:30 a.m.
If you would like to have the names of your loved ones read at the concluding service, please contact
Temple Israel, 402-556-6536 or, by Thursday, April 13, with the names.