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1st Night Passover Seder 5780 via ZOOM

In response to the spread of COVID-19, CBST will hold the April 8 1st Night Passover Seder via ZOOM. Everyone is welcome to view, free of charge. Find the link and information about how to prepare and celebrate with our clergy on CBST’s Facebook page. Read about CBST's ongoing response to these challenging times: HERE.


Celebrate:  
CBST First Night Community Passover Seder 5780 
Wednesday, April 8, 6:30 pm; VIA ZOOM (no need to register) 

Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/589495681
Meeting ID: 589 495 681
OR dial by phone: +1 646 876 9923 US (New York); Meeting ID: 589 495 681
Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/aF9WVqzqn 
You can use your own Haggadah, or click this link to access a PDF of A Night of Questions: A Passover Haggadah
We're using Zoom for the Seder this year, so there's no need to register!

CBST's First Night Passover Seder draws on familiar and newly formed texts and rituals. Together (virtually), we will sing, pray, and celebrate our way out of Pharaoh's Egypt into greater strength as free people. We look forward to raising the four glasses with you.

Chametz (leaven) is food and drink containing wheat, barley, oats, spelt, or rye. Ashekanzic Jews add rice, millet, corn and legumes. Sephardic Jews add potatoes. Chametz may even be found in miniscule residue on pots, dishes, cutlery. 

In addition to the halacha (Jewish Law) that prohibits eating chametz (leaven) during Pesach, we are also forbidden halachically to own chametz or even to have it on our premises. Tradition provides a legal procedure whereby you can "sell" your chametz and, an hour after Passover concludes, you can "buy" it back (without an actual delivery or pick-up!). 

CBST Rabbi Yael Rapport has consented to act as your "Chametz Agent."  There is no fee - make a charitable contribution (maot chittim), HERE. You will support the online Seder and enable Pesach observance by someone who would not otherwise be able to celebrate.   

In this season of extraordinary challenge, we recall the challenges faced by our ancestors as keep strength through community, even now as the virtual is our reality, 

 

A Passover Teaching from Rabbi Rapport

 

 

Dear CBST Community,

Pesach may never have felt so relevant and real to us as it does this year. We are living through a series of modern plagues; we find ourselves in a Mitzrayim of contemporary invention--restriction and narrowness over which we have no agency or control. Perhaps this is the closest we have come to the ancient exhortation of our Haggadah: B'chol dor vador, chayav adam lirot et atzmot k'ilu yatzani miMitzrayim--in every generation, it is incumbent upon each person to see themselves as if they personally made the Exodus from Egypt.


Like us, the Children of Israel did not know what the length of their term of restriction would be. In their case, it lasted for generations in which they were enslaved. But when the moment arose for individual and communal action, their stories of courage are the ones we retell over and over: the stories of Shifra and Puah's bravery and skill, Pharaoh's daughter Batya's compassion, Yitro's generosity, Miriam's music, Aaron's oratory, Moses' leadership. Each of us has a singular gift that we can offer to the world at this moment, that is essential to the realization of our reason for this season: z'man cheiruteinu, the season of our liberation.


This Pesach, CBST will gather together with rituals both ancient and new. It may be the first time we will have a Seder via Zoom, but we will sit surrounding a table larger than we ever could have imagined. When we ask at every future Seder, "Why is this night different from all other nights?," it may be this night we are remembering as a moment when our own modern experience and the experience of our ancient ancestors brushed through the veil of time.


We wish you a chag kasher v'sameach, a fitting and sweet Passover this year.

 

Learn:

"Preparing For Passover with Rabbi Moskowitz"

Mondays thru Thursdays 3/26-3/27, 3/30-4/2, 4/6-4/7, 6:30-7:15 pm, via Zoom

In preparation for Passover, Rabbi Moskowitz will share thoughts on identity, communal responsibility, and unity from the Haggadah.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/238671634

Meeting ID: 238 671 634; Dial by phone: +1 646 876 9923

 

Read this poignant piece by Rabbi Moskowitz.  

 

Prepare:  

One Mitzvah Leads to Another: Sell Your Chametz

Halachah (Jewish law) prohibits eating chametz (leaven) during Pesach and also forbids us to even own chametz. Our tradition provides a legal procedure: you can "sell" your chametz and, an hour after after Passover concludes, you can "buy" it back (without actual delivery or pick-up). This year, Rabbi Rapport will serve as your "Chametz Agent". There is no fee - you make a contribution (maot chittim) HERE . You will support the online Seder and enable Pesach observance by someone who would not otherwise be able to celebrate.  

 

Bring Your Seder Home

Whether taking a seat at CBST's virtual table, or opening the Haggadah with those who share your home, get an introduction and some advice about the order of events here.

 

Set Up Your Seder Plate

Discover the classic symbolism of the items on our seder plates (or their creative alternatives!) and consider the addition of a symbol that represents a contemporary struggle for social justice equity. 

 

Celebrate:  

CBST First Night Community Passover Seder 5780 
Wednesday, April 8, 6:30 pm; VIA ZOOM (no need to register) 
Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/589495681
Meeting ID: 589 495 681
OR dial by phone: +1 646 876 9923 US (New York); Meeting ID: 589 495 681
Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/aF9WVqzqn 
Use your own Haggadah or see the link to the one we'll use in Seder via Zoom.

Some Important Things to Know about This Year's Seder

  • We will be using A Night of Questions, ed. by Rabbi Joy Levitt and Rabbi Michael Strassfeld. You can download a free pdf of the Haggadah here
  • We're using Zoom for the Seder this year, so there's no need to register!
  • If you had registered for the in-person Seder, you should have already received an email about refunds. Questions? Contact Ruth.
  • Contribute in support of CBST's online Seder led by our Clergy Team.

Second Night Seder Options (for those who observe): Thursday, Apr. 9 / 15 Nisan

  • Lead your own seder for your household or loved ones using the
    A Night of Questions haggadah link above!

Friday, Apr. 10 / 17 Nisan
Shabbat Chol HaMoed Pesach, 6:30 pm 
Ba'al Tefillah: Cantorial Intern David Fair
Piano: Music Director Joyce Rosenzweig
Service Leader & Drashah: Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum
Visit CBST's main Facebook page--you will find the livestream of the Shabbat service at/near the top of the page.

Saturday, Apr. 11 / 17 Nisan
Shabbat Chol HaMoed Pesach - Liberal Minyan, 10 am
B'nai Mitzvah of George Aul, Sharan Bonder, and Brian Zumhagen
Ba'al Tefillah: Cantorial Intern David Fair
Service Leaders: Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum and Rabbi Yael Rapport
Divrei Torah: George Aul, Sharan Bonder, and Brian Zumhagen
RSVP here to be sent the Zoom link

Limmud (Grades K-8) Online, 10-11 am
Teen Track Online, 1:30-2:30 pm 
For students who want to connect with their teachers and each other, Limmud will be held via Zoom. Teachers will email their classes the Zoom link and details. Hebrew tutoring included, by appointment only. 

Havdalah, 8:30 pm
Service Leader: Rabbi Marisa James
Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/654880356
Meeting ID: 654 880 356; phone: +1 646 876 9923 (New York) 

Thursday, Apr. 16 / 22 Nisan
Pesach Yom Tov Shacharit with Yizkor, 10 am
Ba'al Tefillah: Cantorial Intern David Fair
Service Leader & D'var Torah: Rabbi Yael Rapport
RSVP here to be sent the Zoom link

Thursday, Apr. 16 / 22 Nisan
Mimouna Conversation, 6 pm

Zoom:  https://zoom.us/j/668106581
Meeting ID:  668 106 581 ; by phone: +1 646 876 9923
Mimouna is a traditional North African celebratory dinner that takes place the day after Passover. Join CBST members Yvonne Gore, Shep Wahnon, and Avi Ofrane, who grew up observing Mimouna, for a conversation about the meaning and joys of this holiday.
Brought to you by Aleinu, open to all.

Sunday, Apr. 19 / 25 Nisan
Mimouna with the 14th St Y and Downtown Jewish Life, 5 pm

A Mimouna-inspired music performance and a panel on the interfaith nature of the holiday with CBST member, Shep Wahnon, and the musician Jawad Boussina.
Facebook Live details forthcoming!

Contribute in support of CBST's online Seder led by our Clergy Team.

 

Resources for Kids: 
Explore PJ Library's Passover resources
Recite The Four Questions in Hebrew, English, and American Sign Language. 
Learn about Passover Around the World with Shalom Sesame.

 

Chag kasher v'sameach! 

 

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Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum 

Senior Rabbi

Rabbi Yael Rapport 

Assistant Rabbi

Joyce Rosenzweig 

Music Director

Rabbi Mike Moskowitz

Scholar-in-Residence, Queer & Trans Studies

Rabbi Marisa Elana James 

Director of Social Justice Programming

 

 

 

 
When
April 8th, 2020 6:30 PM   through   9:00 PM
Location
via ZOOM
United States

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