Tikvat Israel Congregation Rockville MD

A Friendly, Participatory and Egalitarian Conservative Synagogue in Rockville, Maryland



Pesach 5779 begins at sundown on Friday, April 19, 2019

“B’khol dor va-dor [in every generation],” the Haggadah tells us, “chayyav adam lir’ot et atzmo k’illu hu yatza mi-mitzrayim [we are obligated to view ourselves as if we came out of Egypt].” Pesach is our opportunity—our challenge—to vicariously re-experience the bitterness of slavery and the triumph of liberation. At the seder and throughout the week of Pesach, we learn the lessons of freedom—the importance of the freedom that we achieved thousands of years ago, the importance of the freedom that many of us achieved years or generations ago, and the importance of the freedom for all people that we are obligated to strive for even today.

The Tikvat Israel Pesach Guide includes the following to help you with your observance and enjoyment of Pesach:

  • The Fast of the Firstborn is observed on the day before Pesach. It commemorates the salvation of the Israelite firstborns during the tenth of the ten plagues when “God struck every firstborn in the Land of Egypt.” It is a universal custom to break the fast at a siyyum, a celebration occasioned by the completion of study of a classical text. Our siyyum will take place after 6:45 am Shacharit services on Friday, April 19.
  • The Rabbinical Assembly’s Annual Passover Guide, which you can access and download HERE.
  • A Seder Home Hospitality Form to Match Seder Seekers With Seder Seats 
  • Information about Hametz, including an “An Authorization to Sell Hametz” form (due in the Tikvat Israel office by Wednesday, April 17 ). You may also access and download the form directly HERE. We welcome forms that are filled out and signed electronically and emailed back to Tikvat Israel. Please note that it is customary to give a monetary donation, which will be directed to a local charity that helps to feed the hungry.
  • A schedule of holiday preparation, candle lighting and service times throughout the eight-day holiday.
  • Ruling permitting the consumption of kitniyot on Pesach
  • All Pesach documents are accessible in downloadable, printable PDF form HERE.

Pesach Schedule 5779/2019

Thursday, April 18
Ma’ariv – 7:30 pm
Bedikat Chametz (Search for leaven) – after 8:20 pm

 Friday, April 19 – Erev Pesach
Shacharit, Siyyum Bechorim – 6:45 am
Finish Eating Chametz – before 10:29 am
Burn and/or Nullify Chametz – before 11:48 am
Shabbat/Yomtov Candlelighting – 7:31 pm
No Erev Shabbat Service in the Synagogue
1st Seder in homes in the evening

Saturday, April 20 – 1st Day of Pesach
Shabbat and Yomtov Morning Service – 9:30 am
Candlelighting after 8:32 pm
No PM service in the Synagogue
2nd Seder in homes in the evening

 Sunday, April 21 – 2nd Day of Pesach
Yomtov Morning Service – 9:30 am
Mincha – 7:00 pm

 Monday, April 22 – Hol Hamoed Pesach
Mincha / Ma’ariv – 7:30 pm

Tuesday, April 23 – Hol Hamoed Pesach
Mincha / Ma’ariv – 7:30 pm

 Wednesday, April 24 – Hol Hamoed Pesach
Mincha / Ma’ariv – 7:30 pm

 Thursday, April 25 – Hol Hamoed Pesach
Morning Minyan – 6:30 am
Mincha / Ma’ariv for Yom Tov – 6:30 pm
Yomtov Candlelighting – 7:37 pm

 Friday, April 26 – 7th Day of Pesach
Yomtov Morning Service – 9:30 am
Mincha / Erev Shabbat Yomtov Services – 6:30 pm
Shabbat and Yomtov Candlelighting 7:38 pm

 Saturday, April 27 – 8th Day of Pesach
Shabbat and Yomtov Morning Services – 9:30 am – Includes Yizkor and Shir HaShirim
No afternoon (Mincha) or evening (Ma’ariv) services at the synagogue.
Chametz may be eaten after the end of Yom Tov 8:40 pm

NOTE: There will be no afternoon / evening services on Friday and Saturday, April 19 and 20, the evenings of the sedarim. Minyan on Sunday, April 21, will be at 7:00 pm and will be Minchah only. Weekday morning minyanim during Chol Ha-mo’ed (Thursday, April 25, and Friday, April 26) will be at 6:30 am and 7:45 am, respectively (15 minutes earlier than usual).

The officers, Board, clergy, and staff of Tikvat Israel Congregation wish you a
chag kasher v’sameach — a happy and meaningful Pesach, for you and all of your loved ones.