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Passover Holiday Reminders

During the Passover holiday period, it
is customary to abstain from eating products that contain any leaven. This is food containing grain products that have come into contact with water and have been allowed to ferment.

Please do not bring any of the following foods into the Center:

• Bread and bread products
• Cookies, cakes, and other pastries
• Crackers and other similar snacks
• Cereals, pasta, and rice
• Legumes

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Passover | Jewish Holidays Explained | PJCC

Passover, the Celebration of Freedom


Why Do We Celebrate?
Passover, or Pesach in Hebrew (PEH-sach), is a commemoration of the ancient Hebrews’ exodus from slavery in Egypt focusing especially on the night when God “passed over” the houses of the Hebrews during the tenth plague—and the following day, when the Israelites had to leave Egypt hurriedly. Centered on the family or communal celebration of the Seder (ritual meal, pronounced SAY-der), Passover is one of the most beloved of all Jewish holidays.

At Home
In anticipation of Pesach, it is traditional to engage in a thorough spring cleaning. During the entire 8-day holiday, special dietary customs enable us to vicariously relive the ancient Hebrews redemption from slavery. Because the ancient Hebrews had no
time to let their bread rise during their escape from Egypt, Jewish law forbids eating (or even possessing) any food that might contain leaven. Leaven is food that contains any grain product (wheat, barley, oats, spelt and rye) that has been allowed to ferment in

The central ritual of Pesach is the Seder, a carefully choreographed ritual meal that takes place either in the home or in the community. A number of symbolic foods are laid out on the table, of which the most important are the Matzah (MAH-tzah), the unleavened “bread of affliction,” and the Zeroa (Zah-ROH-ah) shank bone, which commemorates the Pesach sacrifice in the ancient Temple. The Seder follows a script laid out in the Haggadah (hah-GAHD-ah), a book that tells the story of the Exodus from Egypt.

Theology and Themes
The overarching themes of Passover are redemption and freedom. The divine redemption of the Israelites becomes part of the blueprint for the Jewish understanding of morality and ethics, which can be seen in Jewish participation at the forefront of
movements for social justice.

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Passover Family Fun Pack

Thanks to our colleagues at Jewish Learning Works, we are able to provide families with a fun packet of holiday activities that can be shared with our community. Download the Fun Pack!

Recipes & More

Matzo Recipes For Every Meal
Not sure what to do with all of the Matzo during Passover?
Try one of these recipes.

Healthy Quinoa "Matzo Ball" Soup
Make a tasty version of Matzo Ball Soup that is loaded with protein.

More Passover Fun
Visit our PJCC Pinterest page for more interesting ideas for Passover!


The Seder Plate



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