Selling Your Hametz

Pre-Pesah Checklist

Holiday Service Schedule

Counting the Omer

Seder Recipies

Seder Sparks

Seder of Hope

Every Generation: Leaving Our Egypt

Pesah Guide

Seder Parodies
(by CSAIR member Irving Herman)

Hametz Free Zone


Bake Your Own Matzah
Join Rabbi Ethan Tucker, President and Rosh Yeshiva of Mechon Hadar, for a special opportunity to bake your own matzah for the Seder. Learn a bit about the laws of matzah baking and get ready to move quickly to get the dough into the oven!

This activity is intended for adults; older children can attend if they are being fully and actively supervised by a parent.

Monday, April 15, 2019 ~8PM
Free and open to all


Getting Ready for Pesah

Community Hagalah
Come make your utensils kosher for Passover by immersing them in boiling water.
Tuesday, April 16
from 9:00-11:00 AM and from 2:00-4:00 PM.

On Friday, April 19 come and celebrate the completion (Siyum) of Massechet Hulin, a tractate of the Talmud, with Rabbis Avi Killip and Ethan Linden. Afterwards enjoy a celebratory snack to break the firstborn fast connected to the Passover story sponsored by fellow firstborn, Rabbi Barry Dov Katz. Services begin at 6:45 AM. Siyum will be at 7:20 AM.

Annual Hametz Burning
Friday, April 19th 8-10:30 AM. Private home.

Post-Pesah Hametz
Rabbi Barry Dov Katz will arrange a post-Pesah hametz "buy-back" on Saturday, April 27, at 9:45 PM. Do not use or unpack your hametz before then.

Selling Your Hametz Online
You can sell your Chametz Mechirat Hametz online.

Make A Donation
Make a donation to the synagogue's Maot Hittim Fund online. This Passover relief fund helps needy individuals here and abroad celebrate the holiday. Proceeds from the fund also provide youth scholarships to educational Jewish Summer Camps and Israel Programs through our Passport to Jewish Education Program.

The need is great so please be generous. Any amount is appreciated but a suggested amount is $18 per person in your family.

A Message from Rabbi Katz

While some people grew up watching family members prepare for the holidays, others are just now exploring the ways these rituals help make Jewish values concrete. Whether you are a "veteran" of Pesah cleaning or a newcomer, I hope that some of the resources here will help you.
For detailed instructions on making your home kosher for Passover, go to:

I LOVE QUESTIONS ABOUT PESAH, so, no matter what your level of experience, I hope that you will call me. I look forward to helping you craft a Pesah that is memorable for you and the people you love.

Hag Kasher V'Sameah! A Kosher and Happy Passover!

Rabbi Barry Dov Katz

P.S. This Pesah...Be a Host or Be a Guest: If you would like to be a guest at a seder, or if you can host additional guests at your first or second seder, please call the shul office, 718-543-8400 by Friday, April 12, 2019.

Guide to Kosher Foods and Preparing Your Home for Passover

A few years ago, the Rabbinical Assembly updated its Pesah guide, bringing it into line with current information about food manufacturing and modern appliances. It offers a fuller explanation of some of the laws of Pesah.

There are some significant changes in this guide as compared with the guides I have provided in past years. Some will make preparing for Pesah a bit easier, others will make it a bit more challenging. On the whole, I like the approach of the Guide and offer it to you as a Pesah resource.

I do have a few reactions to specifics of the Guide and offer them to you as well. My reactions are based on my own experience and research into how various rabbis and rabbinical organizations approach these questions. Before you read the guide, please take note of my comments below. Some disagree with the Guide, others clarify or add material not found in the Guide.


  • In the section on Kashering of Kitchen Appliances and Utensils the Guide notes that metal baking pans and sheets require libbun at very high temperatures which may warp the vessel. In my experience, metal baking pans can rarely be cleaned well enough to kasher them for Pesah. I do not recommend koshering baking pans and sheets for Pesah.

  • The Guide says that "Smooth, glass top electric ranges require koshering by libbun and irui (pouring boiling water over the surface of the range top) and then offers instructions on how to do this. In my experience, the irui process they recommend can be harmful to glass topped ranges. I suggest/cleaning the stovetop thoroughly using special products intended for use on these ranges and then heat as hot as possible for 40 minutes.

  • The Guide says that "Issues regarding glass bakeware are complex." I do not recommend koshering glass (Pyrex, etc.) bakeware or cookware for Pesah.

  • Dishwasher ‐ In the past, most authorities said that porcelain or plastic lined dishwashers could not be kashered. Recently, several authorities including the OU have said that these appliances can be kashered. Those who chose to kasher their metal, porcelain or plastic‐lined dishwashers using the method suggested in the Guide (or the slightly different procedures suggested in other places,) can rely on the authorities who permit this. Those who chose not to kasher their dishwashers also have authorities on which they can rely.

  • Refrigerators ‐ Refrigerators and freezers should be defrosted, cleaned and scoured. Include all walls, shelves and baskets. Some people cover shelves with shelf paper or foil during Pesah. (Make sure to allow for good air circulation in by punching holes in the paper or foil.)

  • Dishtowels and tablecloths can be kashered by washing with soap.

  • Kitniyot–The Rabbinical Assembly Guide includes links to two teshuvot, rabbinic response, regarding eating kitniyot (legumes, etc.) One new teshuva permits eating kitniyot. Another maintains the Ashkenazi prohibition. Our shul will continue to follow the traditional Ashkenazi prohibitions.