The guide below has been put together as a resource for the Orthodox Minyan at Harvard Hillel and the broader Cambridge/Somerville Jewish community. For additional FAQs and resources, please see this link.
Please don't hesitate to reach out to Rabbi Passow with any questions or concerns.
Dates and Times
Davening times are listed in italics and are subject to change.
Thursday, April 14 (13 Nisan)
Bedikat Chametz*, followed by the first nullification (kol chamira), not before 8:07pm
Friday, April 15 (14 Nisan, Erev Pesach)
Shacharit followed by siyum for first borns: 7:15am (please sign up here)
Biur Chametz (burning of chametz) at Hillel: 8:00-9:00am in the courtyard (please arrive by 8:45am)
Latest time to eat chametz: 10:01am
Latest time to burn chametz and recite the second nullification (kol chamira): 11:23am
Candle Lighting: 7:08pm
Earliest time to begin the seder: 8:09pm
Eat afikoman before 12:44am
Shabbat, April 16 (15 Nisan, Pesach I)
Shabbat ends, candle lighting, and preparations for the seder can begin at 8:10pm
Eat afikoman before 12:44am
Sunday, April 17 (16 Nisan, Pesach II)
Yom Tov ends/Havdalah: 8:11pm
Monday, April 18 through Wednesday, April 20 (17-19 Nisan): Chol Ha'Moed
Thursday, April 21 (20 Nisan, Erev Yom Tov)
DON'T FORGET TO MAKE AN ERUV TAVSHILIN!
Candle lighting (Yom Tov): 7:15pm
Friday, April 22 (21 Nisan, Pesach VII)
Candle lighting for second day, Shabbat begins: 7:16pm
Shabbat, April 23 (22 Nisan, Pesach VIII)
Shabbat and Pesach end/Havdalah, 8:18pm
*See the link for guidelines if you will be leaving home before nightfall on 4/14.
Sale of Chametz
It is recommended that everybody engage in a halachic sale of chametz (even those who strive not to keep any chametz in their homes). Rabbi Passow is planning to sell chametz on behalf of members of our community. Please see the recent email to our mailing list or contact us for more information.
The KVH's guide to KFP chalav stam dairy products can be found here.
The KVH's guide to the purchase of chametz after Pesach can be found here.
Kashrut.com has a wealth of information available, including links to guides from many major kashrut organizations.
Kosher for Passover Groceries
The Butcherie (428 Harvard Street, Brookline) has the largest selection of Pesach products in the area, including prepared foods. Delivery is available throughout Cambridge and Somerville ($100 minimum). Make sure to click "Passover Store" at the top of the page.
Costco's Waltham and Dedham locations typically have matza (shmurah and regular) and KFP cheeses, snacks, and desserts, though some items may sell out early
The following supermarkets typically have large Pesach selections:
Stop and Shop Allston
Star Market Allston
Stop and Shop Brookline
Star Market Chestnut Hill
If you have information about the Pesach selection at local supermarkets, please email Evan to have this list updated.
Kosher for Passover Prepared Foods
*Many non-Jewish-owned Kosher establishments stay open during Passover - these stores/restaurants are NOT KFP*
Kosher for Passover prepared foods are available at The Butcherie (KVH). Most caterers had very early deadlines this year due to supply chain issues. Zayde's Catering is available until 4/8.
Tevilat Keilim and Communal Kashering
Information regarding tevilat keilim can be found in the Passover FAQs.
The KVH will be offering communal kashering at Young Israel of Brookline on Sunday, April 10. More information is available here.
Oral Hygiene Products
The following products have been confirmed as chametz-free by the Star K:
Toothpaste: Aim, Colgate, Close Up, Pepsodent, Ultrabrite
Mouthwash: Scope (all), Colgate (all), Listerine (Cool Mint, Total Care Zero, Ultra Clean, Zero Alcohol)