We’re excited to have you join us for this year’s Temple Emanu-El Community Seder.

We’ll gather on the sixth (yes sixth!) night of Passover for a Seder dinner, singing, story, and community.

Our Seder will be held at 5pm on April 27 in the Social Hall at Temple Sinai, 363 Penfield Rd, Rochester 14625. Enter Temple Sinai through the sanctuary doors, which are always locked. We will have a member at the door to let you in. If you come after 5pm, there will be a note on door with a phone number to call for entrance.

We ask that everyone who would like to attend bring a dairy or vegan Kosher for Passover dish to pass. For folks whose last names start with A – G, please bring a salad; H – S, please bring a main dish; and T – Z, please bring a dessert. Drinks, matzah, and the ceremonial foods of the seder plate will be provided. 

There is no charge for attendance, but please rsvp asap so that we can plan for the seating and food. To rsvp, click here.

What is a Kosher-for-Passover dish, you ask?

Foods prohibited during Passover (“chametz”) are generally any food containing wheat, rye, barley, oats, or spelt. This includes baked goods, leavened bread, and pasta. 

Because they may contain ingredients that are chametz, the following products require a certification on the package indicating that they are kosher for Passover: cookies, cakes, crackers, etc; matzah and any product containing matzah, matzah flour, or matzah meal; candy (including chocolate); ice cream; oil; soft drinks; vinegar; wine; yogurt; an processed foods, including tuna fish, tomato sauce, etc.

Passover certification is not necessary for fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, dairy products, and fish.

Kitniyot (Hebrew for “legumes”) are beans, corn, millet, peas, rice, soy (including tofu), mustard, buckwheat, green beans, and sesame seeds. They are traditionally eaten by Sephardi, but not Ashkenazi, Jews during Passover. In recent years, however, more Ashkenazi Jews have followed the Sephardi practice of considering them not to be chametz. Although peanuts and peanut oil are derived from legumes, both communities have always considered them kosher for Passover. If you bring an item with kitniyot, please label it clearly.

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