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Passover with Chabad of Sacramento
eve of April 8 - April 16, 2020

 

Everything You Need For An At-Home-Seder
 

Passover is traditionally spent with family and friends, a celebration of the Divine gift of Jewish survival and community. But with coronavirus curtailing travel plans and social interactions, many are facing the prospect of celebrating Passover alone. In response to those asking for guidance on how to prepare for their Seder for the first time, here is a list of To-Dos & FAQs.

As always - and especially now - I am available for you and your family in whatever way you need. Please don't hesitate to reach out! My cell is (916) 919 - 3011. 

May G‑d grant our world healing real soon, and especially the ultimate healing — the coming of Moshiach!

Sincerely,

Rabbi Mendy & Dinie Cohen

{My father has the coronavirus and is on a respirator. If you could pray for Eliyahu HaKohen Ben Layla (amongst all those suffering from the virus), it would be much appreciated.}


Leading your own seder is a lot simpler than it seems. Why? Because you have your cheat sheet right in front of you. A standard Haggadah has all the instructions and guidance necessary to walk through the 15 steps of the Seder like a pro. So just pull out your haggadah and read through it in advance.

Can you suggest a Haggadah I can print online?

Choose from a number of options. Pick one to fit your style and print as many as you need. Print my Haggadah

Want to have some witty and wise thoughts to share with your (truncated) crowd of participants? Start with a treasury of Seder insights.

I will be giving a model Seder class on Facebook Live on Sunday, March 29 at 6pm. (www.facebook.com/JewishSac)

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Seder in a Box: 

To Order: 
Please email gilahkosher@gmail.com or call 916.640.7770

Order Deadline - March 30th
Available for pick up - April 7th (if you require delivery, please let us know)

- $10 | A Seder plate with small quantities of each traditional item 
- $30 | Catered Seder meal for one, includes Maror, Charoset, and 3 small sized handmade Matzahs from Israel

To purchase Matzah:
Please call or text 916.919.3011 before coming to the synagogue for pickup to ​​​​​​ensure availability and that there will be someone on hand to give it to you. You can provide payment at pickup.
- $15 | One pound of handmade Shmura Matzahfrom Israel (at cost price)

Click here to sell your Chametz with an online form! 
Any chametz left undisposed must be sold to a non-Jew. Since there are many legal intricacies involved in this sale, a rabbi acts as our agent both to sell the chametz to the non-Jew on the morning before Pesach and also to buy it back the evening after Pesach ends. Use this online form to quickly delegate a rabbi to sell your chametz for you.

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Here is what you’ll need for the Seder:

  • Haggadah booklets
  • Matzah (handmade shmurah matzah is ideal)
  • Wine or grape juice
  • Marror (bitter herbs, typically romaine lettuce and grated horseradish)
  • Vegetable for dipping
  • Saltwater (yep, just salt and water)
  • Food for your Passover feast (make sure its kosher for Passover and does not contain roast meat)
  • Roasted bone (Chabad custom is a chicken neck, which may be easier to procure than a lamb shank)
  • Charoset
  • Eggs
  • Cutlery (either disposable or kosher for Passover)

More: Full Seder Shopping List

Can you suggest some ballpark quantities?

Wine: Every individual needs to drink four cups of wine or grape juice, so a bottle of wine per person per Seder is a safe bet. (If you have small, 3 oz. cups, a single bottle should just be enough for two nights.)

Matzah: If you are alone, 3 matzahs for each evening will cover you just fine. You should factor in an additional two matzahs per additional participant, as well as some extra for snacking during the meal. (There are various customs of exactly how much matzah to eat, and some matzahs are thicker and bigger than others. These estimates assume you will be using round matzah, which is somewhat larger than square, but better to err on the side of caution.)

Marror: Each person needs to have two portions of maror (one eaten alone and one as part of the korech sandwich), each one at least 2/3rds of an ounce (total). Preparing two ounces per person per night will have you covered.

Vegetables and Saltwater and Charoset: Even a minimal amount will do (in fact you should eat less than an olive-bulk of the dipping vegetable).

Roasted bone: Is not eaten at all, so you just need one per seder plate.

Egg: One egg per seder plate is fine. Some have the custom to eat the egg during the meal. If this is the case, prepare a few extra.

Feast Food: Bear in mind that you will be eating after having imbibed two cups of wine, and lots of matzah and marror, so you may not be too hungry.

Essential Seder Recipes

Here are some essential recipes for your at-home-seder.

For further information, including FAQ's for at-home-seders, see here.