All Things Passover

Pesach is a time for us to retell the story of our redemption and liberation from Egypt, contemplate what we would need to be truly liberated today and take seriously the plight of others in our midst and far away who cannot call themselves free people.

Members & non-members alike are welcome to join us for any of our programs and services. Please see below for the links, resources, and calendar information you need to prepare for and celebrate. 


All Who Are Hungry Campaign

Every seder we say, “all who are hungry, let them come and eat!” Let’s put our money where our mouths (and haggadot) are by:

  1. Feeding our local hungry through AFAC.
  2. Feeding Israelis evacuated from the North and the Gaza Envelope through the Masorti/Conservative’s Emergency War Fund
  3.  Feeding the starving in Gaza with World Central Kitchen*
Pre-Passover Tasting and Lasagna Bake

Sunday, April 14th

Pre-Passover Tasting 11:45 AM-12:30 PM

Do you have a favorite charoset recipe, favorite Passover dessert, favorite Passover kugel? We are gathering as a community for a pre-Passover tasting! Please bring a dairy or pareve dish that is suitable to be eaten on Passover to share. Since it won’t yet be the holiday, your dish doesn’t have to be strictly kosher for Passover. If you can’t bring anything, stop in for a tasting. 
Lasagna Bake 12:30-1:30 PM
CEH joins congregations across the country in celebrating Good Deeds Week by making lasagnas for our friends at New Hope shelter. We’ll supply the ingredients – You just show up to assemble them! No experience necessary. 

If you can’t join us for this event, please consider bringing a ready-to-be-donated meatless lasagna made at home or purchased. Drop-off in the kitchen freezer during regular office or religious school hours April 7th-14th.

Special Beit Midrash: Pesach Ask the Rabbi w/ Rav Amelia

Wednesday, April 17th, 7 – 9 PM

Do you have any questions about Pesach, the Seders, or the Haggadah that you’ve been itching to get answered? Include your questions in the registration form and you might just see your questions featured in our Pesach ask-and-answer Beit Midrash.

Families with Young Children Shabbat with a Passover Twist

Friday, April 19th, 5:15 – 6:00 PM

This Shabbat service is for 0-6 year olds, their parents and siblings and includes prayers, songs, a story and more.

This event is sponsored by the David Schwartz Fund and through a grant from The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

Sell Your Chametz

Click here to sign our form authorizing the sale of your chametz.

Pesach Resources
  • Click here for a Pesach Guide
  • Click here for the Rabbinical Assembly Guide
  • Click here for videos teaching how to kasher your kitchen
  • Click here to read the Teshuva that allows Ashkenazim to eat kitniyot by Rabbi David Golinkin.
Omer Learning Project

Please participate in this year’s Omer Learning project and submit suggestions here by April 12th.

We are looking to collect our community members sources of hope and how they feel G-d’s presence in the world. We’ll then share these via e-mail throughout the Counting of the Omer (from the 2nd day of Passover to Shavuot, 49 days in all).


Ta’anit Bechorot Siyum – Fast of the First-Born

Monday, April 22nd, 7:30 – 9 AM

Are you a first-born hoping not to fast on the Fast of the Firstborn? Join us for a short morning service followed by a siyyum (brief learning session and meal on the occasion of finishing the study of a text).

Yes, attendance at the siyum means you don’t have to fast! Youngest and middle chidlren are welcome as well.

Pesach Services – 10 AM

(Click here for virtual connection information.)

Tuesday, April 23rd 

Wednesday, April 24th

Monday, April 29th 

Tuesday, April 30th (with Yizkor)

Passover Senior Schmooze

Friday, April 26th, 12:30 – 2 PM

Join your “senior” CEH friends for lunch provided by CEH and a schmooze. 

All-Ages Pesach Program

Sunday, April 28th, 10 – 11:30 AM

Join your CEH friends to celebrate the sixth day of Pesach with nosh and conversations. After snacks, Rav Amelia will lead a learning session for teens and adults while Morah Miriam will run Passover activities for the kids.

Following an Israeli airstrike that killed seven World Central Kitchen aid-workers on April 2nd, the World Central Kitchen has temporarily suspended aid operations in Gaza, along with many of its partner organizations. We leave this link up in the hopes that it will be able to resume operations soon and with the understanding that it does good work all over the region and in the world.

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