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Passover this year is still different from what we’re used to. How do you hold a Seder during a pandemic? Keep scrolling for places to shop for Kosher for Passover foods, our JCOGS Passover events, resources for families and home Seders, Haggadot, and much much more.

CURBSIDE PASSOVER

You might have a tough time getting to the store, so we’re bringing back our Curbside Pesach table at the JCOGS building starting 9am Thursday, March 25 through 3pm, Friday March 26th.  Come by the front of JCOGS and get your supplies. Don’t be shy, but please take only what you need. No need to pay, but you can make a donation to JCOGS. We have Kosher for Passover wine, matzah, matzah meal, and yahrzeit candles.

In addition, Chef Nadav is again offering Passover food via curbside delivery. Contact him directly for details at
chefnadav@me.com or 802.586.0098 for more information. This year, you can order directly from him online! Menu available here.

A second caterer offering Passover options is Rachel Jacobs of Vermont Kosher.  Her deadline is March 15th to order.  View menu here.  Call or text 802-355-6745 to order.

 

UPCOMING PASSOVER EVENTS

CLICK ON EACH LINK BELOW TO REGISTER.

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Wednesday, March 31, 7 PM 
Get your Sephardi/Mizrahi Pesach groove on

Part of our series of special programs with vocalist, scholar, composer, and cantor Dr. Galeet Dardashti. Please register.

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Friday, April 2, 6 PM 
Shabbat-Passover Service

Let’s get together for an abbreviated Shabbat service, with a discussion about our favorite themes and rituals of Passover. Please register.

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Saturday, April 3, 9:30-10:15 AM
Mutual Aid Hallel for Shabbat

Join Rabbi David as he hosts a cross-country Hallel service—a singing, joyful gathering across multiple Jewish communities. It's called Mutual Aid Hallel because gathering across communities makes prayer possible, and singing Hallel on Passover is one of the blessings and gifts of the holiday. Please register.

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Sunday, April 4, 5:30 PM 
Yizkor Memorial service for final night of Passover

This is a time to consider those beloved in our lives who have made an indelible impact and the loss left in their passing from this world.  We will also include a Mincha service as part of the commemoration. Please register.

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Kosher for Passover Foods in the Local Communities

For those who are interested in purchasing Kosher for Passover items, the following sources have been suggested by members:

  • Items are now on the shelves at Market 32 (a Price Chopper store), on Route 7 in Burlington at the intersection with Route 189.  As of mid-February, the following items were available, among others:  various types of matzah, grape juice, gefilte fish, cookies, macaroons, Passover noodles and pasta sauce, plus various baking items (matzah meal, matzah cake meal, potato starch, oil, and chocolate chips).
  • Several other stores in the area carry some Kosher for Passover items, although we’re not certain of the selection this year.  Check ahead to make sure the shelves have been stocked:  Shaw’s stores in Waterbury, Berlin and Montpelier; Price Chopper stores in Barre and Morrisville.
              *Hannaford in Morrisville will have Passover products set out in the next two days. For those looking for gluten-free matzah: Hannaford will have it out along with whole wheat and regular.
  • Kosher meat and poultry can be obtained at Market 32 in Burlington and Trader Joe’s in South Burlington. 

  • Online sources include:  Grow and Behold (https://www.growandbehold.com/) and Kol Foods (https://kolfoods.com/) for meat and poultry; KosherWine.com (https://www.kosherwine.com/) for wine; Rockland Kosher (https://rocklandkosher.com/#!_/Monsey) and Avi Glatt (https://www.aviglatt.com/) for a wide variety of items. 
     

RESOURCES FOR YOUR FIRST NIGHT SEDER

Need help organizing a Seder? Looking for a checklist of what you need? For our JCOGS virtual second night Seder, we will be using this simple The Wandering is Over Haggadah. In its first pages, it has detailed introduction on getting ready for a Seder. Feel free to use it for your first night as well.  

Here are some inspiring readings from Rabbi David’s rabbinical school with The Hebrew College Passover Companion.

Sadly, the plagues have already arrived. Here are COVID-19 specific Haggadah additions.

Or order one of Rabbi David’s favorite Haggadot: 

 

FAMILY SECTION

Teach your kids (or yourself) Mah Nishtanah with Beth’s playlist or PJ Library.

This Haggadah from PJLibrary.org is geared toward kids and families.

This New Haggadah Coloring Book is perfect for kids of all ages & grown-ups too. Print it out.

Cut out these Maggid Cards, mix them up, and then try to organize them back into the right order for your retelling of the Exodus story.  

 

PREVIOUS events

Kinderlach + Gesher prepare for Passover and lots and lots of matzah!

Saturday, March 13th, 9:30-10:15am

Young families join Rabbi David and Beth for a morning of story, song, and exuberant dance as we explore the themes, rituals, and foods of Pesach. Bring your stuffies to visit with Shabbasaurus and Tzipi . Together we will celebrate freedom!

Click here for the zoom link or contact Debra Ann, our young families connector. 

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Ateed joins the Vermont teen Seder: recognizing modern day slavery

Saturday, March 13th, 6:00-7:30pm

Jewish youth in grades 7-12 from across VT and NH gather for an online interactive 'Seder' to revisit our ancient story of freedom from bondage while learning about issues of modern day slavery. The Seder's four cups will help us to think critically about who makes our food and clothes, how to increase our awareness of modern day slavery, what we can do to make a difference, and how our actions create a future of change and hope.  

Register HERE before March 7th in order to receive the materials package.
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Join young families from across Vermont for an All-Star Musical Passover Seder  with an amazing lineup of top Jewish musicians. Bring your grandparents, cousins, and aunts for a super fun hour of Passover. Familiar favorites and phenomal new tunes will get your whole family up and dancing!  Sponsored by PJ Library in VT, JCOGS, Beth Jacob, Temple Sinai, Ohavi Zedek, Shir Shalom, Beth El, Ruach haMaqom, and Gan Yeladim.

CLICK HERE to register for the Zoom link and get ready to dance!

 

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Wednesday, March 24, 7:00-8:00 PM
Cooking with Patti: Sumptuous Plant-Based Sephardic Dishes for Passover

Please register.

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Saturday, March 27, 5:30-5:50 PM
Launch your first night Seder with Rabbi David

Come sing and set the tone for your Passover journey… and show off your Seder table to the community. Please register.

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Sunday, March 28, 5:30-7 PM JCOGS
Freedom Singing Seder & Discussion

  Come sing your heart out—from Dayeinu to I’m on My Way to Freedom Land to Echad Mi Yodeia—as we chant our way     through this abbreviated Seder.  We’ll hit the highlights of the Seder and the high notes of each song on this second night   of Pesach.  Then we’ll delve into some deep discussion on what it means to be truly free.  Please register.

  • All are welcome to this multi-generational virtual Freedom Singing Seder and Discussion led by Rabbi David. You can even invite your family from across the world!
  • Participants will prepare their own seder plates and ritual foods, so begin the cooking. 
  • There will also be plenty for all-ages, from deep discussion to curious challenges, stories, games, and even crafts throughout to keep you and your kiddos involved and inspired.
  • We will be using The Wandering is Over Haggadah. In its first pages, it has detailed instructions on getting ready for a Seder. Print out the Haggadah or have a second device with its words ready for use during the Seder. 

Please consider donating what you would have paid to attend our annual JCOGS Seder here.

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