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Chizuk Amuno Congregation

Preparing for Passover

Chizuk Amuno is alive with preparations for Passover today! At T minus 4 days until first Seder, one cannot go more than a few steps in the building without finding preparations underway for our festival of freedom.

The Passover kitchens are ready for Passover and the Hametz (leavened products) kitchen is ready for the pre-Pesah Shabbat dinner and Monday’s breakfast following the Fast of the First Born.

Do you think that you have a lot of food to make? Over in the Stulman kitchen, twenty two briskets are about to go into the ovens to be served to guests at the second Seder. In the administrative hallway there is much candy and snacks around as we try our best to eat up all the hametz (leavened products) before Monday morning. I even received a special delivery from my good friend Dr. Schneider of my favorite Passover treat – Barton’s Almond Kisses. Thanks Dr. Schneider!

As you might expect, the students in our classrooms are also excitedly preparing for Pesah. I visited Hebrew Immersion in Goldsmith Early Childhood Education Center and saw them sorting plastic food into hametz and Pesah categories. They even made their own Haroset by chopping apples and adding grape juice and cinnamon. 

Upstairs in Krieger Schechter Day School I heard Lower School students singing Vehi She’amda as they get ready for their model Seder tomorrow. Middle School students are cleaning out their lockers for Passover and I received a second special delivery today – a bag full of dirty clothes from my middle schooler’s gym locker.  I prefer Almond Kisses. In the rabbinic office we each have multiple hagaddot on our desks as we write sermons, prepare teachings, and anticipate our own sedarim next week.

As I’ll speak about this Shabbat in synagogue, preparations are as much a part of Passover as the Seder itself. Now it’s time to get back to your own preparations for Passover. Happy cleaning, cooking, eating, and reading.