Today is May 4, 2016 -
Friday, April 22, 7:00 AM Fast of the First Born and Siyyum** An early morning service in the Lief Chapel will be followed by a study session and a light meal sponsored by the Men’s Club to break the fast. All first born and others are welcome. Also see below, “SIYYUM – THE FAST OF THE FIRST BORN” .
Friday, April 22 6:00 PM Mincha, Maariv; First Seder Candle Lighting 7:19 PM
Shabbat, April 23, 9:30 AM Shacharit, First Day
Second Seder, Candle Lighting 8:00 PM, Begin counting the Omer***
Sunday, April 24, 9:30 AM Shacharit, Second Day
Thursday, April 28, 7:15 PM Mincha, Maariv, Seventh Day Candle Lighting 7:25 PM
Friday, April 29, 9:30 AM Shacharit, Seventh Day We will honor our Shabbat and Weekly Torah Readers during services
Friday, April 29, 7:15 PM**** Mincha, Maariv, Eighth Day Candle Lighting 7:26 PM
Shabbat, April 30, 9:30 AM Shacharit, Yizkor, Eighth Day Yizkor will be recited during services on the Eighth Day, and members of the Congregation will chant Shir HaShirim (Song of Songs) on Shabbat morning, April 30th.
** SIYYUM – THE FAST OF THE FIRST BORN The Torah relates that the first born of the Israelites were spared from the last plague which was visited upon the Egyptians. As an act of gratitude and as a means of reenacting a great event of ancient history, the custom has arisen to have all the Bechorim (first born) fast on Erev Pesach. As a substitute for this fast, Bechorim may participate in some sacred study in the synagogue on the morning before Pesach. Thus, the fast is obviated while the purpose is enhanced. There will be a service and study session Friday morning, April 3rd beginning at 7:00 AM. The Men’s Club will sponsor a light breakfast following services.
*** Counting the Omer – And Making Each Day Count. Each year, near the conclusion of the second Pesach seder, we begin to count the omer. We count for 49 days, reciting the appropriate blessing every evening. Remember: the Jewish day begins at sunset; therefore, for example, if the 10th day of the Omer falls on May 3, we recite the blessing for that day on the preceding evening, May 2. Blessing to recite as you Count the Omer… http://www.myjewishlearning.com/holidays/Jewish_Holidays/Passover/In_the_Community/The_Omer/How_to_Count.shtml The 50th day is Shavuot.
**** Please note that Friday night services on April 29 (eighth day Passover) are not at the regular 6:00 PM time but rather at 7:15 PM so as not to cut the 7th day short.
Passover Guide 5776 – 2016 by Rabbi Neil Kurshan
Rabbinicalassembly.org/pesah-guide “Kashering” and “Permitted and Forbidden Foods.”