Tikvat Israel Congregation

A Conservative Synagogue in Rockville, MD



Pesach 5776 begins at sundown on Friday, April 22, 2016

“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:

  • A cover letter with information about
    • Fast of the Firstborn and our siyyum, a celebration occasioned by the completion of study of a classical text, which will take place after Shacharit services on Friday, April 22. Services that morning begin at 6:45 am.
    • Special instructions for preparation of food for the 8th Day of Pesach, which begins on Shabbat evening, following the 7th Day, also a yom tov.
    • 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 (due by Monday, April 18).
  • Information about Hametz, including an “An Authorization to Sell Hametz” form (due in the Tikvat Israel office by Wednesday, April 20). 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.
  • Mah HaAvodah HaZot Lachem? What Do All These Rituals Mean to You? Questions Our Children Ask 

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.