Service of the First Born
Since the Angel of Death “passed over” the first born of the Israelites in Egypt on the eve of the liberation from bondage, it is traditional for first born men and women to fast the day before Passover. In order to break their fast early in the day, it is customary to hold a brief prayer service as well as a text study called a siyyum. This is then celebrated with food. In this manner the fast is brief. First born men and women of all ages (as well as anyone else) are invited to join us. We will also “burn the chametz” that remains in our synagogue in preparation for Passover. The service will be led by Rabbi Sagal (first born!).
Selling of the Chametz
The practice of selling chametz (leavened products) arose out of a desire to fulfill in detail the Torah’s requirement of having no chametz in one’s possession during Passover. If you would like to sell your chametz, fill out the form, available by clicking here, and return it to Rabbi Sagal. If you do not have access to a computer, please stop by the Rabbi’s office to obtain a form from his assistant, Laurie Zinberg.
Second Night Passover Seder
Saturday, April 20, 6:00 p.m.
The committee on Religious Living of Temple Emanu-El is sponsoring a Second Night Seder led by the clergy on April 20, at 6:00 p.m.
The seder meal is catered by The Ultimate Caterer of Marlboro, NJ. The meal will consist of a traditional seder plate, boneless breast of chicken, 4 side dishes, fresh fruit salad and a dessert tray. In addition, children will feast on chicken fingers and fries. There will be a Seder plate on each table, with accompaniments, as well as a bottle of red wine, soda, tea, coffee, and a box of matzah.
The cost for members is $60 per person and $30 for children 12 and under. In order to serve the community, Temple Emanu-El is offering this Seder to non-members at a cost of $70 per person and $40 for children 12 and under. Financial assistance is available through a confidential call to one of the rabbis or Brian Chartock.
Please make sure you mail a check back to the Temple.