Of all the Jewish holidays, Pesach requires the most preparation. The resources on this page have been put together by Kehilat Hadar to help you prepare for Pesach, including a detailed guide to preparing your home or apartment for Pesach, as well as information on how to dispose of your chametz (leavened products) before the holiday, where to obtain kosher for Pesach food, and various pre-holiday practices. Please note that Kehilat Hadar is not meeting during Pesach this year. Chag kasher v'sameach!
Read on for Pesach resources, selling chametz, ma'ot chittin and more.
- A detailed guide to preparing your home for Pesach is available as a PDF. The Pesach guide was compiled for Kehilat Hadar and revised by Josh Greenfield with suggestions from Rabbi Ethan Tucker and Rabbi Micha'el Rosenberg.
For additional questions regarding pesach preparations, you may contact our Halachik Advisor, Rabbi Ethan Tucker. To do so, please fill out the form on the contact us page, and pick the 'pesach preparation' question option.
- Here is a full list of halachic times for chametz, candlelighting, etc. for New York City this year.
Mechirat Chametz (selling leavened products)
As described in the Pesach Guide, all chametz you do not dispose of before the holiday should be sold by a competent halachic agent; generally, this is done by signing a document authorizing a local rabbi to sell your chametz on your behalf.
You can appoint Hadar as your agent to sell your chametz simply by filling out this form. The form is now closed. To sell your chametz through Kehilat Hadar, you must fill out this form by 2 PM on Tuesday, April 16 in order to allow for time to complete the sale on behalf of the community. We will not be able to accept any more forms after that time.
This year in New York City, chametz can be eaten only until 10:40 AM on April 19, and all chametz must be disposed of by 11:47 AM that day.
Find a Seder
If you are able to host members of the community at your Seder table, or if you are looking to be hosted at a Seder, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by April 17. We'll make our best effort to match up guests and hosts.
Many local synagogues will be hosting a communal Seder (some on both nights, and some only on one night). This list of local synagogues and community centers has contact information for making inquiries.
Although feeding the hungry is a worthy cause year-round, a special appeal is customarily made prior to Pesach. This appeal is called ma'ot chittin, which loosely translated means funds for bread. Most synagogues have a fund dedicated to this purpose; various non-profit organizations do as well. In addition, a great way to get rid of your chametz and help the hungry is to donate food to a local shelter.
It is traditional for those who are first-born (bechorim) to fast on the day before Pesach, in remembrance of being saved from the final plague in Egypt. (Incidentally, the midrash says that both women and men were affected by this plague, and the Shulhan Arukh brings the opinion that therefore women who are first-born should fast as well.) However, the widespread custom is for the first-born to participate in a siyum (completion of a major cycle of Jewish learning) on that day, and the siyum is concluded with a meal (with chametz!). The obligation to eat at a siyum supersedes the fast, therefore many synagogues will hold this siyum after morning services on that day.