Passover FAQs

What is Passover?

Pesach, known as Passover in English, is a major Jewish spring festival which commemorates the Exodus from Egypt over 3,000 years ago. The ritual observance of this holiday centers around a festive dinner service called the seder (meaning "order"),  the prohibition of chametz (leaven), and the eating of matzah (an unleavened bread). On the fifteenth day of Nisan in the Hebrew calendar, Jews gather with family and friends in the evening to read from a book called the hagaddah, meaning "telling," which contains the order of prayers, rituals, readings and songs for the Passover seder. Today, the holiday is a celebration of freedom and family.   Please visit our Or Chadash Passover page, and the URJ Passover page at http://urj.org/cong/holidays/ for more information.

How does Or Chadash celebrate Passover?

Or Chadash holds a Congregational Seder on the second night of Passover.  Please refer to the Or Chadash Home Page for all the important details.

Are children welcome?

Absolutely!  The seder is a festive event and we love celebrating with the kids.

May I bring non-Temple guests to the seder?

Please do.  Passover is a joyous celebration of freedom, a wonderful holiday to share with friends and family.

Should I bring anything to the seder?

All of the delicious food is provided!  You may bring your own wine if desired.

Do we need to RSVP in advance?

Yes- please see the Or Chadash home page for details and the link to RSVP.

How should we dress for the seder?

Please dress comfortably!  Casual attire is just fine.

Are there any other Or Chadash traditions for Passover?

Or Chadash joins with the Hunterdon County Islamic Community in a fun afternoon of Pita and Matzah making at Bobolink Bakery- click the home page for details!