Passover Family Day at Congregation Beth El
Saturday, March 25 at 10:00 am–12:30 pm

This day of learning and celebration is open to all families with children in preschool to 4th grade and is designed to help you prepare for Passover and get a special taste of Family Shabbat!
This fun and engaging day will include:
  • A brief, family-friendly Shabbat morning service with Rabbi Rebekah Stern
  • Fun Passover activities for the kids while the adults learn together with Rabbi Stern
  • A culminating activity for the family to enjoy together
This program is hosted by Chug Mishpacha, Congregation Beth El’s innovative Saturday morning family program that offers Jewish education for the whole family.

How to Lead a Seder with Rabbi Jen Flam
Thursday, March 30, at 5:15 pm

Passover is a joyous time, but it is not always easy to facilitate a Seder meal that is fun, meaningful and engaging for participants of all ages. Rabbi Jen Flam will share stories, ideas, activities and tricks to make your family’s Seder fun, freilach (joyful) and fulfilling for all who attend, regardless of age or Jewish education. Everyone is welcome.

Next Year In Jerusalem: Report Back from Israel & Palestine
Thursday, March 30, at 7:30 pm

Rabbi Jim Brandt will report back on his recent extended visits to Israel and Palestine. Is the two-state solution still alive? What can American Jews and the organized Jewish community do to support and encourage non-violent solutions? How can we best promote and sustain caring for and engagement with Israel in our community?

​Rabbi Brandt is the Executive Director of the Jewish Community Federation of the East Bay and a member of Congregation Beth El.

First Day of Passover Morning Service
Tuesday, April 11, at 10:15 am
The Pesach morning service includes the traditional readings of Torah and Haftarah, the joyful singing of Psalms (Hallel), and the ancient blessings for the coming of spring. Followed by the always-delicious Seder Leftovers Potluck Lunch. Childcare will be available during the service.

Second Night Congregational Passover Seder 5777
Tuesday, April 11, at 6:00 pm

Join Rabbis Yoel Kahn, Rebekah Stern and Reuben Zellman and Beth El friends, old and new, in our annual Second Night Congregational Seder. We will enjoy a festive Pesach celebration and a delicious Kosher-for-Passover meal. There will be special kid-friendly (ages K-5) programming during the seder. Registeration is now closed.

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS! We need help setting up for this meal! If you can arrive around 4:00 pm to assist in setting tables, contact Bonnie Cooperstein.

Older Adult Passover Lunch & Learn
Thursday, April 13, at 11:30 am

Visit the EBJCC for their annual Passover Lunch Seder! Sing, tell the story of Passover, and eat a delicious seder meal. This special program will be led by Jewish scholar Ron Feldman and local Jewish musician, Achi Ben Shalom. More details can be found on their website here.

Pesach Yizkor Circle & Yizkor Service
Monday, April 17, starting at 6:15 pm

As a community, we seek to support our members as they live with loss and grief. Yizkor is our tradition’s dedicated memorial service, recited four times a year, including at the end of Passover and Shavuot. While all are invited to attend the Yizkor service, it is especially appropriate to attend during the first year of mourning after a loved one has died.
6:15 pm Yizkor Circle A facilitated gathering to speak about the people we have lost.
7:15 pm Yizkor Service​

Sell Your Chametz
It is a tradition to clean and remove all chametz (leavened products; bread, crackers, pasta, etc.) from our homes before Pesach begins. As an added measure, if there is still chametz in our possession, many Jews sell that chametz before the holiday begins. (It is customary to buy it back after the holiday, but we don’t say that up front because then it wouldn’t really be sold!)

Rabbi Zellman will sell the synagogue’s chametz and yours in advance of Pesach. If you choose to do this, just download the very simple form from or request it from the front office. Then drop it off in the front office or return it by email. If you have questions about your Pesach preparations, Rabbi Zellman is happy to help. Chag sameach!