Passover (Pesach in Hebrew) is a major Jewish spring festival celebrating freedom and family as we remember the Exodus from Egypt more than 3,000 years ago. The main observances of this holiday center around a special home service called the seder, which includes a festive meal, the prohibition on eating chametz, and the eating of matzah.

On the 15th day of Nisan in the Hebrew calendar, Jews gather with family and friends in the evening to read from a book called the Haggadah, meaning “telling,” which contains the order of prayers, rituals, readings, and songs for the Passover seder. The Haggadah helps us retell the events of the Exodus, so that each generation may learn and remember this story that is so central to Jewish life and history.

Passover is celebrated for either seven or eight days, depending on family and communal custom. In Israel and for most Reform Jews around the world, Passover is seven days, but for many other Jews, it is eight days.

Passover Card Art Contest

Practice hidur mitzvah, beautify the commandments! Make a work of art celebrating Passover: a Seder plate, a painting of Moses parting the Red Sea, an illustration of the four children in the Haggadah or anything else you can imagine! This contest is open to all congregants, and the winner will have their work reproduced on a B’nai Jehudah greeting card.

Inspiration can come from anywhere, and the Klein Collection is here to get you started. Please submit your artwork by March 1, 2024.

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