Pesach is coming!
Join Rabbi Leener in to help you prepare for your Seder (March 16- TONIGHT!) and get your kitchen for Pesach (March 23). Rabbi Leener is also hosting Pesach WhatsApp group here for any Pesach-related questions. Feel free to join and follow along!
Next, on March 21, Jina Davidovich will lead a Torah study on how the cycle of the Jewish calendar prepares us for this Pesach. "The Holiday of Freedom?" starts at 8:30 pm.
You may sell your chametz through Rabbi Leener here.
Finally, don't forget to send your contribution for the PHS Community Haggadah Companion by March 21 at 5pm!
Be sure to check out our website in its new-ish home at www.phs.nyc or our Facebook page for any updates.
Chag Sameach to all!
Zoom Information: Link or Meeting ID: 961 9690 8001 Passcode: 091527
March 16: Seder Workshop (8:30pm) - Rabbi Leener
Are you leading your first Seder this year and have no clue what to do? Are you looking for new tips to spice things up? Are you wondering how to keep your kids engaged? Do you just want to learn more about the Haggadah and the Seder? Join Rabbi Leener for tips, ideas, material, and much more as you prepare for your Seder experience!
March 21: "The Holiday of Freedom?" (8:30 pm) - Jina Davidovich
Every year, Pesach is the first holiday that we celebrate in the Jewish, Biblical year, which starts in the month of Nissan. This year, Pesach also marks a full Jewish calendar cycle in quarantine, as many reflect on Purim 2020 being the last "normal" religious, communal activity in which they engaged before various lockdowns became our reality. How does the cycle of the Jewish calendar prepare us for this Pesach, where we still find ourselves bein ha'mitzarim - in challenging, narrow straits - but the hope of freedom feels ever-closer? This Torah study will act both as a way to explore how the Jewish calendar serves to situate us in the holiday cycle, as well as considering how the texts of the Haggadah can inform what liberation means when we remain at odds with freedom - whether due to global realities or our own personal struggles. We'll consider the questions that we may wish to bring to the Passover seder, whether to ask ourselves or to engage with those around our tables.
March 23: Preparing Your Kitchen for Pesach (8:30pm) - Rabbi Leener
Can I kasher my dishwasher for Pesach? Is all coffee kosher for Pesach? What's the deal with glass? Join Rabbi Leener as he addresses common issues and questions around preparing your kitchen for the holiday.
PHS Haggadah Companion
Dear PHS –
When Jon and I joined this amazing community a year and a half ago, one of the things were most excited to do was to get to know you – as individuals, families, community members, and friends. It's been painful this year to remain so separate from one another, especially while everyone is undergoing so many transitions, challenges, and milestones. I know we are not alone in feeling this.
In an effort to acknowledge this reality and begin to re-weave our stories together, we are creating a PHS Community Haggadah Companion. Our goal is to capture a multitude of voices, reflections, and perspectives in our community on this holiday of redemption, a year after individual and collective trauma and challenge. We hope that by putting this supplement together folks will have a chance to reflect on the past year and reconnect with each other, even if we're still not able to fully gather together.
We will send everyone a printable PDF copy of the final version ahead of Seder, on Thursday, March 25.
With gratitude and looking forward to hearing your stories and sharing a bit of our own,
Faith and R' Jon Leener
HOW TO SUBMIT: Fill out this form with directions included
DEADLINE: All submissions due by March 21 5pm EST
- You do not need to write a d'var Torah or a long essay – you can use one of the prompts provided (strictly, or as a jumping off point) or just offer an open ended reflection that feels poignant to you as we enter Passover. You can spend a few days writing, or just jot down a quick 300 word reflection. Length is not important – it's much more important that you are included!
- Feel free to be creative with the form of your submissions. Photos, poems, art are welcome as well. Please just share 1-3 sentences about your intention in including your submission.
- We really hope to incorporate *children's* perspectives and drawings. Check in with your kids and see if they would like to be included. Toddler "drawings" welcome!