CBST First Night Community Passover Seder 5783

Wednesday, April 5, 6:00 p.m. In-Person and Online
Led by Rabbi Yael Werber, Cantor Sam Rosen, and Music Director Joyce Rosenzweig
PLEASE NOTE: REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED for our in-person Seder. Join us online!

Each year, we bring the sweetest traditions of feasting and gathering together with the prayers and songs of this joyous holiday as we tell stories that strengthen our core identities. We find it especially meaningful to experience this journey with our CBST family. This night is different from all other nights, as it should be, and yet it will feel cozy, warm, and familiar.

Our First Night Passover Seder will draw on texts and rituals—old and new—that illuminate the ancient story of rebellion and flight from tyranny. In true CBST fashion, our Seder will connect to ways in which these struggles are relevant today and the spiritual means by which we can continue to move towards a world of freedom and justice.

Please join us online, the Seder will be livestreamed. Register »

There is no charge to attend via the livestream. Those who wish to support the livestreamed Seder can do so here. The Seder will be livestreamed at

April Shabbat Tribute Scheduling Note
Due to office closures on Passover, the deadline for Shabbat Tributes on April 7/8 is Tuesday, April 4 at 12:00 p.m.

Second Night Seder

If you are a CBST member seeking to attend a Second Night Seder, or you have seats available at your Seder, either in-person or online, you can email Judy Hollander at to inquire and request a connection. Looking to hold your own Second Night Seder? Check out this page for resources!


Halacha (Jewish law) prohibits eating chametz (leaven) during Pesach. Did you know we are also forbidden to own chametz or even to have it on our premises? Tradition provides a legal procedure: we can sell our chametz and, an hour after the end of the holiday, purchase it back (without actual delivery or pick-up). This year, Rabbi Werber will serve as your “Chametz Agent.” There is no fee; however, there is a tradition of making a contribution (maot chittim) to help make it possible for others to have a Seder meal. Please click here for the chametz selling form.

Pesach Service Schedule

Friday, April 7, 2023: Shabbat Chol Ha-Moed Pesach, 6:30pm, in person and Livestream
Saturday, April 8, 2023: Shabbat Chol Ha-Moed Pesach,10:00am, in person and Zoom
Thursday, April 13, 2023: Pesach Day 8 Service with Yizkor, 10:00am, in person and Zoom

Creating Liturgy: A Personal Prayer Workshop

Taught by Rabbinical Student Ariel Tovlev
2 Sessions via Zoom: Sunday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m. and Tuesday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Jewish prayers at their core are poems. Our liturgy is made up of poems that were written with the specific intention to praise God, to thank God, or to ask God for blessings. In addition to using our set liturgy, we can also create our own prayers of the heart. Join this two-part workshop to learn how to write your own prayers inspired by modern poetry. No writing experience necessary. Just bring an open heart and a willingness to explore! Register »