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Pesah Schedule 5783


Wed Eve, April 5 –Thurs, April 13


Passover Preparations

Search for Leaven – Tuesday Evening, April 4

At night on Tuesday | after sunset, 7:24 pm

Fast of First Born – Wednesday, April 5

Fast begins (Dawn) | 5:16 am

Shahrit & siyyum for the First Born | 7:05 am

Stop eating hametz | by 10:51 am

Dispose of any remaining hametz | by 11:55 am

Erub Tabshilin Preparation* | by sunset 7:25 pm

*Erub Tabshilin: When the festival begins on Wednesday evening, the Erub in the form of some matzah and food prepared for the following Sabbath is set aside prior to the festival before sunset. See Prayers for the Festivals, by David de Sola Pool, p. 1.


First Day of Passover – Wednesday evening, April 5

Candle Lighting | 7:07 pm

Evening Services (Minha & Arbit) | 7:00 pm

Begin the First Haggadah | after 7:48 pm

Pesah I – Thursday, April 6

Zemirot | 8:15 am

Shahrit | 9:00 am

Tikkun HaTal | inserted in Musaf 10:30 am

Sermon & Service Conclusion | following Musaf

Men’s Reading of Shir HaShirim | 6:45 pm

Evening Services (Minha & Arbit) | 7:00 pm

Day 1 Ends & Omer Counting | after 7:50 pm

Candles & Second Haggadah | after 7:50 pm

Pesah II – Friday, April 7

Zemirot | 8:15 am

Shahrit, Hallel, Sermon, Musaf | 9:00-11:50 am


Intermediate Shabbat of Passover

Friday, April 7

Men’s Reading of Shir HaShirim | 6:45 pm

Evening Services (Minha & Arbit) | 7:00 pm

Candle Lighting | 7:09 pm

Shabbat Day – Saturday, April 8

Zemirot | 8:15 am

Shahrit, Hallel, Sermon, Musaf | 9:00-11:30 am

Minha & Arbit | 7:15 pm

Habdala | 8:05 pm


Intermediate Weekdays of Passover – Sunday, April 9-Tuesday, April 11

Morning Services

Sunday: Shahrit & Musaf | 8:05 am

Monday & Tuesday: Shahrit & Musaf | 7:05 am

Evening Services

Sunday & Monday: Minha & Arbit | 6:30 pm


Eve of Pesah VII – Tuesday Evening, April 11

Synagogue Consecration Anniversary: Mill Street Synagogue (1730)

Candle Lighting | 7:13 pm

Minha & Arbit | 7:15 pm

Pesah VII – Wednesday, April 12

Zemirot | 8:15 am

Shahrit & Hallel | 9:00 am

Torah Service | 9:50 am | Featuring reading of the Shirah-Song of the Sea

Musaf, Sermon, Conclusion | 10:30-11:20 am

Minha & Arbit 7:15 pm

Candle Lighting after 7:56 pm

Pesah VIII – Thursday, April 13

Zemirot | 8:15 am

Shahrit, Hallel, Sermon, Musaf | 9:00-11:15 am

Minha & Arbit | 7:15 pm

Final Habdala | 7:57 pm

Do not consume hametz until ½ hour after Habdala | 8:27 pm

Pesah, Passover, or Hag HaMatzot, The Feast of Unleavened Bread, is observed in the middle of the month of Nisan, around the spring equinox, commemorating the Exodus from Egypt. Hametz, leavened food, is searched for and removed prior to the holiday, and a Search for Hametz is made on the eve and morning of the 14th of Nisan. The 14th of Nisan, the day of the Biblical Paschal Sacrifice, is observed as a partial holiday and as the Fast of the Firstborn by some (attending a festive siyyum that morning obviates the need to fast), and by late morning all Jewish-owned hametz should be sold and hidden, or eliminated and nullified. The Paschal sacrifice was consumed on the Eve of the First Day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Eve of the 15th of Nisan, which became our two-day Diaspora observance, with a Haggadah or Seder Recitation and Meal at home on the Eve of the 15th and the Eve of the 16th. The Biblical Hag HaMatsot lasts from the 15th until the 21st, with full Festival restrictions from work in effect on the First and Seventh Days. In the Diaspora the fully restricted days came to be the First Two as well as the Seventh and an additional Eighth Day, Nisan 22nd. The Intermediate Shabbat has all of the restrictions of Shabbat, but the other Intermediate Days have fewer restrictions. 

Omer Counting: The `Omer, the First Sheaf-bundle of Grain (Barley) Harvest Offering, was brought on  the Biblical Second Day, beginning the “`Omer” seven-week count to the First Wheat-Bread Offering on Day 50, which is Shabuot, the Feast of Weeks or  “Pentecost.”

Shir HaShirim, The Song of Songs, is traditionally read during Passover. Men are reading on Thursday & Friday evenings at 6:45 pm. The teen girls and young women’s reading this year will be held virtually by Zoom on Hol HaMoed, Sunday April 9th, at 11:30 am.

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