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Pesach, the Season of Our Liberation

Important:  If you are unable to go out to purchase food or other essential items, please email Rabbi Minkus and our new Chesed Committee chair to let us know if you need any help or to offer assistance.

JTS Seder Supplement 2020 / 5780: JTS faculty share new insights into various parts of the Seder. Read online or download the booklet.

A Seder Made to Order: In this video collection, rabbis from the Rabbinical Assembly, including many JTS alumni, offer wisdom and song to enliven and deepen your Seder experience.

Virtual Seder: Jewish educator Gabe Miner, a graduate of JTS’s List College and William Davidson School, has put together a collection of 2-minute videos—many are child-friendly—to help add learning and discussion to your Seder this year. Its 50 educators, scholars, and clergy include JTS faculty, students, and alumni.

Staying In, Reaching Out—Ultimate Passover Virtual Seder: Cantors, rabbis, and musicians offer short teachings and music, including child-friendly content, to enrich your Seder. Many JTS alumni contributed to this project of the Cantors Assembly.

Digitized Haggadah Masterpieces: Explore these magnificent, historic haggadot, including two from The Library of JTS, thanks to Yahad.net.


Cup of Elijah Chag Sameach and Happy New Year!  Yes, Passover is one of several Jewish New Years.  Passover commemorates when our ancestors emerged from slavery to become a nation.  On the 15th of Nisan we celebrate that we, as Jews, are a people, whereas the 1st of Tishrei (Rosh HaShanah) commemorates the birth of the world.  And in light of this, spend time at your Seder reflecting on the previous year while giving voice to some of your hopes for the upcoming year.  At your Seder ask questions, disagree, discuss and be fully present.  On your Seder Plate put a corkscrew (representing the cyclical nature of Jewish life), an orange (a feminist and inclusive motif), a fishbone (you decide!), and other items that will lead to everyone, children and adults alike, to ask why.  And as we open the door for Elijah, in part symbolizing the protection and freedom we feel, may we remember that we may be free but too many are not.  For us (Rabbi Minkus and Cantor Rosenberg), we are endlessly grateful to be a part of a community that is thoughtful, engaging and inclusive.  May this Passover, this Jewish New Year be one of health and happiness, and may we all have a Seder of meaning and a holiday that leads to personal and communal growth.

Mechirat Hametz. If you wish to sell your hametz, email Rabbi Minkus as follows:

I hereby authorize Rabbi Minkus to act as my agent in effecting the transfer of any leaven or mixtures or derivatives of leaven which are in my possession, together with the premises on which they are located in accordance with all the requirements of Jewish religious law.

Your Name:
Date:
Your Address:

Sun, October 25 2020 7 Cheshvan 5781