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Passover begins this year the evening of April 22, and continues through April 29 (the Reconstructionist calendar follows the Israeli calendar, celebrating Passover for 7 days; some choose to observe for 8 days, through April 30). As we remember our ancestors' journey from Mitzrayim/the Narrow Place of oppression during zman cheruteynu, the "season of our freedom," read on for opportunities for learning, spiritual enrichment, seder matchmaking, and more!

Access the Reconstructionist Haggadah here.

Shabbat Chol Ha'mo'ed Pesach

Saturday, April 27, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
CDT Sanctuary and Zoom

All are invited to join CDT member-leaders for this special Shabbat of the Passover week, featuring the singing of Hallel! A Pesach-dik Kiddush follows services.

Seventh Day of Pesach Service 

Monday, April 29, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
CDT Sanctuary

Traditionally, the 7th day of the Passover week celebrates the Israelites' crossing of the Reed Sea. We will celebrate the final day of Pesach with a service that includes Hallel and Yizkor, an opportunity to remember loved ones who are no longer with us. For those remembering a loved one, yizkor candles are lit Sunday evening, April 28 (or Monday evening, if you are observing 8 days of Passover). This service is in-person only.

Pesach Seder Matchmaking

It's a mitzvah to attend a Passover seder, and a mitzvah to invite others to your table — so do a mitzvah! Our VPs of Engagement will be helping to match CDT households so that everyone who would like to attend a first or second night seder is able to do so. Please click on the "Passover" button on the CDT home page to find the form where you can both offer a space or request a space. Please know we will do our best to make matches, and we very much appreciate those who open up their homes and their seder tables!

Submit your request through our Seder Matchmaking Form as soon as possible or by Monday, April 15 at the latest. We will do our best to match people, but it all depends on your participation! Early requests will be accommodated first.

Thank you to our prospective hosts for welcoming guests, and thanks to our prospective guests for helping building community!

For questions about the matchmaking, contact Melanie Adler (, Rebecca Byard (, or Jennifer Nichols (

Preparing for Passover Workshop with Rabbi Toba

Sunday, April 7, 10:15-11:15 am
CDT Religious School (Cabot Elementary, 229 Cabot St, Newton)

Looking for some great ideas to make your seder engaging for people of all ages? Wondering how to get kids excited about Passover rituals? All are invited to join Rabbi Toba for this pre-Pesach workshop, focused on creating engaging seders for multi-generational gatherings.

Tue, April 23 2024 15 Nisan 5784