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Schedule of Passover Services   5775 – 2015

Friday, April 3, 7:00 A.M.    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 “SIYYUM – THE FAST OF THE FIRST BORN”  .

Friday, April 3,  6:00 p.m.     Mincha, Maariv, First Seder  Candle Lighting   7:02 p.m.

Shabbat, April 4, 9:30 a.m.   Shacharit, First Day

Second Seder, begin counting the Omer (see below)

Sunday, April 5, 9:30 a.m.     Shacharit, Second Day  

Thursday, April 9, 7:00 p.m. Mincha, Maariv, Seventh Day  Candle Lighting   7:06 p.m.

Friday, April 10, 9:30 a.m.    Shacharit, Seventh Day   We will honor our Shabbat and Weekly Torah Readers during services

Friday, April 10,  7:00 p.m.   Mincha, Maariv, Eighth Day  Candle Lighting   7:06 p.m.

Shabbat, April 11, 9:30 a.m.  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 11th.

    (All times reflect Daylight Savings Time)


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.

Pesach Services 2015 – 5775  Printable Schedule

Passover Guide 5775 – 2015  by Rabbi Neil Kurshan       “Kashering” and “Permitted and Forbidden Foods.”

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 April 9, we recite the blessing for that day on the preceding evening, April 8.

Blessing to recite as you count the Omer…  The 50th day is Shavuot.