Passover at the Center

Pesah is one of the most beautiful and dramatic of all our Festivals. It commemorates, in prayer, song, and feasting, the flight of the Children of Israel from Egypt. It recalls a time over 3,000 years ago when, as slaves, they were forced to build great cities for the Pharaohs. Moses led the Israelites to freedom on the night of Passover. Ever since, Jews have retold the story at the Seder, fulfilling the mitzvah to “tell your children.”

This year the Seders are observed on Friday and Saturday, March 30 & 31. Make it a joyous experience for young and old by sharing family traditions and including new ones. The children of our DuBow Preschool, Martin J. Gottlieb Day School, the Bernard & Alice Selevan Religious School, and Setzer Youth Education have learned delightful songs and stories that will add to the joy of your celebration. The Sisterhood Judaica Gift Shop has everything you need for your holiday table and gift giving. Margo’s Catering is also offering delicious Kosher for Passover Takeout Meals.

There are many in our community who will be alone for Passover and would love an invitation to a Seder. If you have room at your table, please call Danielle Berke at 904-292-1000, ext. 115.

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SALE OF HAMETZ

The Torah tells us that during Passover, “No leaven shall be found in your houses for seven days” (Exodus 12:19). The rabbis understood this to mean that one could not own any hametz during the holiday. To prevent the financial hardship that would result from discarding all of one’s leaven on an annual basis, the rabbis developed a legal mechanism whereby an individual could sell his/her leaven to a non-Jew for the duration of the holiday.

PLEASE REMEMBER that even if you plan to be away from home for the entire holiday, you must still sell all the hametz you own. Similarly, should you own other property, or store leaven products in your office, you must sell the hametz stored in those locations as well.

While there is no charge for the selling of leaven, it is customary to include a charitable contribution with the “Sale of Leaven” form. Checks may be sent to the Jacksonville Jewish Center for Rabbi Lubliner’s Discretionary Fund with a note that it is for the Sale of Leaven, or you may send your checks directly to the following causes: the JFCS Food Pantry, and/or MAZON - A Jewish Response to Hunger.

PLEASE FILL OUT THE FORM HERE and return it to the Clergy office with your tzedakah donation to be received in our office (not determined by postmark) no later than Thursday, April 18, 2019 (or brought in-person to morning minyan on Friday, April 19, 2019). Since Jewish Law requires hametz to be sold no later than Friday morning, the deadline is a firm one of necessity.

A sign up sheet is also available in the Joe and Sophie Witten Chapel, all Galinsky Academy reception desks and the Jacksonville Jewish Center reception desk.

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