Passover 2017

Celebrate Passover 2017/5777 with the CBE Community

Passover Message from Rabbi Mina

Passover is more than a holiday in Jewish tradition.  The story of the Exodus of the Jews from Egypt, from a group of slaves to a free nation, is part and parcel of our very identity as Jews.  The tefillin traditional Jews wear during daily prayer contain a reference to the Exodus.  Three times daily our prayers reference the crossing of the Red Sea, the final act freeing us from those who would enslave us.  And on Shabbat and holidays the Kiddush blessing over the wine references our Yetziat Mitzrayim - going out of Egypt. 

In addition to the historical significance, Passover is associated with Spring and the annual renewal of the earth after a long winter.  And finally, there is something incredibly powerful in the actions of the annual seder, our reading of the Haggadah, and our gathering with family and friends. 

This year, as always, we at CBE hope to help you find personal meaning in this important festival.  There are a variety of activities to participate in and resources to help you celebrate, listed below. Please don't hesitate to contact me if I can answer any questions to help you have a meaningful Passover!

Rabbi Mina


During Passover, please do not bring food or beverages into the synagogue. Passover snacks will be provided for BEECC and Religious School students during this time.

Passover Services at CBE

  • Monday, April 10, 7:00 AM Fast of the First Born – Siyyum
  • Tuesday, April 11, 9:00 AM: Passover First Day Morning Service
  • Wednesday, April 12, 9:00 AM: Second Day Morning Service
  • Monday, April 17
    • 9:00 AM: Passover Seventh Day Morning Service
    • 8:00 PM: Passover Evening Service​ with Yizkor
  • Tuesday, April 18, 9:00 AM: Passover Eighth Day Morning Service  with Yizkor

Seder Matchmaking

Need a seder? Have room at the seder? Are you new to the area or don’t have extended family nearby and looking for a friendly seder? Have extra seats at your seder? Please email the office or call 703-860-4515x101 with info on how many people you can host or need to be hosted.

Children's Programs 

Religious School Passover Programs: 
Religious School Passover Experience — Sunday, March 26, Wednesday, April 5 and Thursday, April 6, 4:30-6:30 PM:
K/1 Seder crafts, Grades 2/3 Seder crafts and Sephardic charoset making, Grades 4/5 Pesach cooking adventure, Grades 6/7 escape room, Pesach and Seder food sampling.

BEECC Preschool Seders:
Gimel and Dalet classes — Wednesday, April 5, 12:30 PM
Bet class —  Thursday, April 6, 12:30 PM

Sell Your Hametz

Download the Hametz sale form and send/bring it to CBE with a check for a donation to the Rabbi's Discretionary Fund. There is an ancient custom to collect funds before Passover to help those in need. In the past, our Ma'ot Chitim Fund has been distributed to groups such as Mazon and the American Jewish World Service. This year we shall also distribute money to local food banks.

All About Pesach

Rabbinical Assembly's Passover Guide — Explains the holiday, Conservative observance, "Kosher for Passover" and much more. 

MANY more resources for seders, children's activities, recipes and more are on our Passover Resources page.

Need Passover Items?

Stop by the Marilyn Rosenberg Sisterhood Giftshop in the CBE lobby for all your Passover table and ritual needs. The Judaica Shop will be featuring all regular-priced Passover merchandise at 15% off during the month of March. New merchandise continues to arrive. Stop in when at CBE to purchase these wonderful products! We accept cash, checks and credit cards. Don’t see it? We will order it especially for you!

Open Sundays 9:00 AM to 12 Noon & Wednesday 4:30-7:00PM (when Religious School is in session). See the Gift Shop page for more info and regular hours. For special requests and appointments at other times, please contact: [email protected].

Shop “The Shop” not the NET -- Support your Shul!

Passover Recipe Exchange

Let's add to our collection!

CBE Passover Recipe Exchange! Have a great Passover recipe or 2 to share with fellow CBEers? Send them to [email protected]. Include source, brief comments, link if from an online site, photo if available.

Want to try a new dish (that's recommended by a friend?) Check out  And keep coming back as we post more! A Happy and Tasty Passover to all!