Our annual trip to a Matzah Factory is so much fun!


The story of Passover commemorates the delivery of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. The holiday is celebrated for eight days, from the 15th to the 22nd of the month of Nissan. Seders are feasts that are held on the first two nights of the holiday (1st night in Israel only).  At the Seder, the story of the Jews’ liberation from slavery is read from the Haggadah. The reading is followed by a meal.

IMG_0726The Hebrews spent many decades as slaves under numerous Egyptian Pharaohs. God saw the distress of the Jews and sent Moses to ask Pharaoh to, “Let My People Go.” Pharaoh refused to heed God ‘s command. God then sent ten horrible plagues against Egypt. God 1) turned the Nile water into blood, 2) overran the land with frogs, 3) infested man and beasts with lice, 4) invaded the land with wild animals, 5) sent diseases (pestilence) to kill animals, 6) afflicted Egyptians with boils, 7) sent hail down from the sky, 8) sent locusts to devour crops 9) caused darkness to envelop the land. Despite these nine horrendous plagues, Pharaoh refused to budge. The 10th plague, however, was too much for Pharaoh to deal with. What was the 10th plague? The death of all first born male Egyptians. The Israelites, as directed by God, placed blood on the doorposts of all Jewish families, but not on those of Egyptian families. When the Angel of Death passed over Egyptian households, all the firstborn males were slain. All Jewish firstborn were spared. At this point, Pharaoh had enough. On the 15th of Nissan, he literally chased the Jews out of Egypt. The Hebrews fled so quickly that the bread they baked for the journey did not have time to rise. Hence, the custom of eating unleavened bread (matzoh) on Passover. The Jews were very smart to leave Egypt as quickly as they did because Pharaoh changed his mind and sent troops after them. When the Israelites reached the Red Sea, a brave Israelite, Nachshon, walked into the sea, believing God would save him.  Because of his faith, the waters miraculously parted and they were able to cross. When the Egyptian troops arrived at the Red Sea, the waters suddenly came together and enveloped them. The Jews then continued their journey to the Promised Land.


More fun at the Matzah Factory

Today, many Jews celebrate the first two nights of Pesach with Seders that include a retelling of the story of the Exodus from Egypt as written in the Haggadah, followed by a sumptuous meal. Customs and foods vary among different Jewish cultural groups.

There are certain foods that are integral parts of any Seder:
1.       Matzoh- unleavened bread. Three matzot are placed in a napkin to remind us of the fact that bread did not have time to rise when the Jews fled Egypt. Two pieces of Matzoh are eaten; the third, the middle matzoh, known as the afikoman, is hidden away during the Seder. It is found later, after a search, by a child~ who receives a prize. ·
2.       Moror- bitter herbs which symbolizes the bitterness of slavery.
3.       Choroset- A mixture of apples, nuts and wine, or a variation thereof, which represents the mortar used by the Jews when, as slaves, they constructed buildings in Egypt.
4.       Beitzah – A roasted egg, served with salt water, which is a symbol of the perpetuation of life.
5.       Karpas – A vegetable (parsley) which represents hope and redemption.
6.       Zeroah- A piece of lamb shankbone, which represents one sacrificial offering that used to be offered in the Temple.
7.   Wine- Four glasses of wine are consumed during the service which represents the promise of redemption. A special glass of wine is set aside for the prophet Elijah.
IMG_0711It is customary for Ashkenazi Jews to avoid all forms of leavening including: bread, rice, corn, beans etc. They believed that if someone could eat ground corn, which looks a lot like grounded wheat, there was a chance for confusion.  Instead all items of this nature were forbidden.
It is customary for Sephardi Jews to avoid all forms of leavening wheat flour but, they do eat items such as corn, rice, and beans because it was the food that sustained them (since potatoes or another type of starch did not grow in that region).



Our Passover Seder
is Back at BRJC!

Saturday, April 23rd, 7:00pm

We can’t wait for you to join us
for the second night of Passover that includes
Interactive Stories & Discussions
Members: Adults $50 / Children $20
Non-members: Adults: $80 / Children $25



Passover Services
April 23rd9:00am

April 24th9:00am
April 29th9:00am & 6:30pm
April 30th9:00am (inc. Yizkor)

Break Passover
Young Professionals
Rooftop Party

Emily & Daniel Eckman are opening their home & roof deck
to us for the evening.
Bring your favorite beer and indulge in some pizza from Vesuvio!
Please arrive between 8:15-8:30pm.  Once most of us have arrived,
Rabbi Rosenberg will lead us in Havdallah to say farewell to
Shabbat and Passover.