Tikvat Israel Congregation

A Conservative Synagogue in Rockville, MD



Pesach 5778 begins at sundown on Monday, March 30, 2018

“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:

  • 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 Monday, April 10. Services that morning begin at 6:45 am.
  • 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, March 28 ). 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.
  • Rabbi Shull’s ruling permitting the consumption of kitniyot on Pesach

Pesach Schedule 5778/2018

Thursday, March 29
Maariv – 7:30 pm
Bedikat Chametz (Search for leaven) – after 8:20 pm

Friday, March 30 – Erev Pesach
Shacharit, Siyyum B’khorim – 6:45 am
Finish Eating Chametz – before 10:47 am
Burn and/or Nullify Chametz – before 11:53 am
Shabbat/Yomtov Candlelighting – 7:12 pm
No Erev Shabbat Service in the Synagogue
1st Seder in homes in the evening

Saturday, March 31 – 1st Day of Pesach
Shabbat and Yomtov Morning Service – 9:30 am
Candlelighting after 8:13 pm
No PM service in the Synagogue
2nd Seder in homes in the evening

Sunday, April 1 – 2nd Day of Pesach
Yomtov Morning Service – 9:30 am
Mincha / Study / Maariv – 7:30 pm

Monday, April 2 – Hol Hamoed Pesach
Maariv – 7:30 pm

Tuesday, April 3 – Hol Hamoed Pesach
Maariv – 7:30 pm

Wednesday, April 4 – Hol Hamoed Pesach
Maariv – 7:30 pm

Thursday, April 5 – Hol Hamoed Pesach
Morning Minyan – 6:30 am
Mincha / Maariv for Yom Tov – 6:30 pm
Yomtov Candlelighting – 7:18 pm

Friday, April 6 – 7th Day of Pesach
Yomtov Morning Service – 9:30 am
Erev Shabbat Yomtov Services – 6:30 pm
Shabbat and Yomtov Candlelighting 7:19 pm

Saturday, April 7 – 8th Day of Pesach
Shabbat and Yomtov Morning Services – 9:30 am – Includes Yizkor and Shir HaShirim
No afternoon or evening services at the synagogue.
Chametz may be eaten after 8:20 pm

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.