United Hebrew Congregation, 13788 Conway Road, St. Louis, MO 63141 | 314-469-0700

Passover

The week-long holiday of Passover, in which we celebrate our Exodus from Egypt, gives us several opportunities to come together as a community.

Passover Schedule 2022

Wednesday, March 30

6:30 p.m. – Subversive Seder: A Rebellious Exploration of the Haggadah
Join our Liturgist-in-Residence Alden Solovy in an exploration of the subversive elements of the Haggadah and our annual ritual Passover meal. What happens when we tell the same story year after year for generations? It becomes our ethos and mythology. The Haggadah is our tool for telling the foundational story of the Jewish people. The liturgical centerpiece of the Passover Seder, it presents potent testimony to the quest for freedom, in part because of the powerful subversive undertones in the text and the rituals. This class will be held both in person in the Millstone Library and via Zoom.
Register here.

Friday, April 15

9:00 a.m. – Fast of the Firstborn Study and Siyum
It is an ancient and widespread custom for the firstborn to fast on the day before Passover. This commemorates the miracle which spared the firstborn Jewish sons from the plague which struck down the firstborn sons of the Egyptians. After the text study, we will enjoy a treat to break the fast, a siyum celebration, which, according to prevailing custom, creates an atmosphere of rejoicing that overrides the requirement to continue the fast. Register here.

6:00 p.m. – First Night Passover Seder at United Hebrew
Join the UH clergy for our annual Passover Seder. This year we will return to hosting the UH family Seder in our building.  A delicious traditional Seder meal will be served. It will include matzah ball soup, gefilte fish, baked chicken, roasted broccoli, candied carrots, mashed potatoes, farfel muffins, green salad and dessert. The vegan/vegetarian option is a vegetable lasagna with zucchini noodles.

This UH Seder is like being with a large family. Please let us know if you would like to participate in reading, helping to serve or even set-up and clean-up just like we do in our own homes.

Cost:

Adults—$20 (UH member)/$30 (non-member)
Child 3-12—$16 (UH member)/$21 (non-member)
Children under 3 – free of charge

Registration is closed. We will not be able to accommodate walk-ins at the door.

Saturday, April 16

10:30 a.m. – Passover Shabbat Service
In person or Livestream on our website.

Tuesday, April 19

6:30 p.m. – Women’s Passover Experience – An evening of wine, sweet treats, and storytelling With Rabbi Rosenberg
Passover celebrates a new season, new beginnings and journeys. We tell the story of our people and reflect on how the past can help us navigate our journey. Utilizing parts of the Passover Seder, we’ll reflect on the past two years, begin to tell our story, and think about how we will move from “Mitzrayim,” the narrow space we’ve lived in because of COVID, into the “Wilderness” of a post-COVID world. This program is in person only, in the Spielberg Chapel.
RSVP to Esther Olson.

Friday, April 22

9:00 a.m. – Passover Yizkor Morning Service
In person or Livestream on our website.

United Hebrew’s Video Haggadah

For families who would like to lead their own Seder – we’ve put together a Haggadah with the music for your use.

You can start, pause, stop at your convenience to go at your own pace, have discussions, or add your own readings.

Download a copy of the UH Haggadah to follow along or print for your own use.

Passover Resources

Jewish Telegraphic Agency – From Seinfeld to WWII Morocco, these new Haggadah options will spice up your Passover Seder

Mazon: Reflections for Passover

10 Recipes for Leftover Manischewitz

Haggadah Coloring Book 

ReformJudaism.com is a resource for everything Passover including the history, traditions, blessings, recipes and Seder information.

Resources to add Ukraine to Your Seder

 

Haggadah Companion by Alden Solovy

Our former Liturgist-in-Residence, Alden Solovy, has created a downloadable PDF version of his Haggadah Companion, offering 18 lovely readings to enliven your Seder. The print volume sells for $12.99. The PDF is available for $5.99, but for an additional $1.00 off, use the coupon code “freedom” (without the quotes) at checkout. Click here to purchase.

NCJW’s Passover Seder Insert on Human Trafficking.

 

For more on the history and traditions of Passover, click here.