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Schedule of Virtual Events

We will not be holding any in-person Passover programming, including seders at
Temple Sinai. Unless otherwise noted, all events will be held virtually via Zoom Media. 
Please use password 5645 for all Zoom events.

Learning About Faith and Hope
Tuesday, March 31, 10:00 am

Rabbi Brad Levenberg will lead a special Passover edition of this series. Virtual Link Here

Brotherhood Virtual Seder
Wednesday, April 1, 6:30 pm
Join the men for a virtual Passover seder led by Rabbi Ron Segal and Rabbi Brad Levenberg. Virtual Link Here

How to Lead a Virtual Seder
Thursday, April 2, 12:00 pm
Marisa Kaiser and Beth Schafer will teach you how to conduct a virtual seder. Virtual Link Here

Women of Sinai Cocktail Night
Thursday, April 2, 8:00
Make your favorite cocktail and connect with the Women of Sinai virtually! Virtual Link Here

Make Your Own Matzah Challenge
Sunday, April 5, 10:00 am
Marisa Kaiser will teach you how to make your own matzah. All you need is flour, water, kosher salt and olive oil! Virtual Link Here

Storytime with Miss Jamah
Monday, April 6, 6:30 
Miss Jamah will read another Passover story with a special mystery guest. Virtual Link Here

Young Adults Bake Dessert
Monday, April 6, 8:00 pm
Learn how to make Kosher for Passover Chocolate Halva Logs with Chef Zehavit Kaidar-Heafetz. Visit the calendar page for the ingredients. Virtual Link Here

Kid Chef: Make Your Own Charoset
Tuesday, April 7, 12:00 pm
Rachel Moldovan will teach kids in grades 2-6 how to make charoset! Visit the calendar page for the ingredients. Virtual Link Here

First Night Seder
Wednesday, April 8

Host your own virtual first night seder via Zoom. Click here for a Zoom "How To" guide.  You may also join The Temple's! Virtual Link Here

Passover Service
Thursday, April 9, 10:00 am
Virtual Link Here

Passover Lunch & Learn
Thursday, April 9, 11:15 am

Grab your lunch and learn with our clergy. Virtual Link Here

Second Night Passover Seder with Temple Sinai
Thursday, April 9, 6:00 pm
Celebrate Passover virtually with your Temple Sinai family. Click here for our Passover Haggadah and click here for the Seder Preparation Checklist. We recommend you review the checklist and print copies of the Haggadah in advance of the seder. Go here for our Family Resource Guide. Virtual Link Here 

Make Your Own Matzah Pizza
Grab some matzah, tomato sauce, and cheese (and if you want, some pizza toppings) for this easy to make snack cooking class with Rachel Moldovan. Virtual Link Here

Passover Yizkor Service
Wednesday, April 15, 10:00 am

Click here for the service liturgy. Virtual Link Here

How to Host a Virtual Seder

Looking to host your own virtual Passover Seder?  While we are practicing social distancing, we can still enjoy a Passover Seder with our loved ones virtually.  If you need some help navigating a Seder in this new normal, we have some tips and information for you here. 

Click here for more information from Beth Schafer and Marisa Kaiser on How to Lead a Virtual Seder. 

Click here for links and resources to lead a Passover Seder.

Click here for Passover resources specifically for families. 

New to Zoom?  Here are some tips and tricks to hosting a Zoom meeting. Need help? Contact Samara Katz

Enhancements to Your Seder

Need a refresher on the Four Questions? We have a few things to help. 

The Temple Sinai Spirituality Committee is continually seeking opportunities to elevate holiday observances and celebrations. This year we HOPE the following formula helps add additional meaning to your Passover Seder. During your Passover Seder, you will drink four glasses of wine, sing four questions, discuss the four children, and remember God’s four promises. To further enhance the meaning of Passover, Temple Sinai’s Spirituality Committee invites you to add FOUR messages of HOPE to your Passover Seder. Throughout history, when human beings have sought hope they have found it in the Jewish story. Judaism is the religion of HOPE and Israel the home of HOPE. With Passover, we celebrate our freedom and continue to keep the light of HOPE burning bright.

ONE.....Starting Your Seder with HOPE
After gathering around your Seder table and lighting your holiday candles, read a poem or message of HOPE to welcome Passover. You can create your own message, share the poem from a family member, use the poem on the next page chosen by our clergy, or dig through some old cards or books for a passage that speaks to you. Let the light of the candles and the words of hope warm your table and all who surround it.

TWO.....Adding a symbol of HOPE to your Passover Table
One of the customs of the Seder involves the three pieces of Matzah often placed next to the Seder Plate. Many people will break the middle matzah as they begin to tell the story of Passover. This year, we invite you to add a fourth piece of matzah, the Matzah of HOPE. In the course of
introducing the ritual of the breaking of the middle piece, you can draw attention to this fourth piece, set aside for people in need of HOPE all over the world. With the inclusion of this simple act, and by drawing attention to the plight of others, we give other stories a voice as we tell our own. The Matzah of HOPE becomes the symbol of our HOPE that all peoples will get to experience the same freedom we celebrate with our Seder.

THREE.....Adding HOPE to the Order
After you and your guests have recited the 10 plagues, take a moment and look at your Seder table and ask your attendees this simple, yet powerful, question: “What objects of hope are present on the Seder table?” Often it is the objects with which we surround ourselves that
reflect the hopes of a previous generation. Perhaps one person will mention the candlesticks given by someone beloved, or the tablecloth handed down from a grandparent. Some may highlight the recipes, preserved by a generation that had hope that their decedents would one day gather around a table like the one before you and dine from the recipes created by great-grandparents. Some of us may choose to wear a kippah
that has the stamp of a wedding, most certainly a ceremony filled with HOPE. These are just a few ways that we can explore the hopes of yesterday to better appreciate how they are being realized at our table now.

FOUR.....Ending Your Seder with HOPE
We traditionally end the Seder by saying “We hope to be in the land of Israel next year!” We invite you to conclude your Seder with the singing of Hatikvah, the Israeli National Anthem, which means HOPE. You can find a video, words and translation on our Judaism at Home page on
the Temple Sinai website.





May your Seder in 5780 be a Story of Freedom with a message of HOPE!

Passover Resources for Families

Passover is the one Jewish holiday that is fun for every age! Below are some resources and ideas to
make sure your Seder is engaging and meaningful for every person in your family, from the youngest toddler to the most seasoned member of your family!
1. Passover Family Activities (URJ, Union for Reform Judaism)
2. Passover for Kids (PJ Library)
3. 5 Ideas for a Child-Friendly Seder (PJ Library)
4. Printable Passover Question Catcher (PJ Library)
5. Printable Passover Scene (PJ Library)
6. Engaging Young Children at the Passover Seder (Jewish Education Center of Cleveland)
7. Guide to Passover for Interfaith Families (18 Doors, formerly Interfaith Family)

Below are additional activities you can add that will help children and your entire family think about the message of HOPE at your Seder:
1. Create a Family HOPE Acrostic
Print out the HOPE Acrostic here and pass it around your table. Ask each person to add one hope for the future! Read aloud the entire Acrostic once everyone has participated!
2. Create a Garden of Hope
Print out the sunflower template here and ask everyone as they arrive to your Seder to create a
garden with messages of hope. Write a word of hope on each petal or in the center. Be
creative: add construction paper, markers, scissors, crayons, etc. Build your garden as an
additional source of inspiration for all of your guests (centerpiece on buffet table, on the
fireplace, on the wall, etc.).
3. Inspirational Message of Hope, Freedom & Leadership
Print out this page here and cut out each quote, place them around your table as inspiration (or even make them into name cards). Throughout your Seder, ask someone read a quote that speaks to him/her and why.
4. Books to Inspire HOPE:
Beautiful Hands by Kathryn Otoshi & Bret Baumgarten
Discuss: Our beautiful hands can do lots of things and we are going to put them to work.
This Passover, we hope to use them for…
SAY Something! by Peter H. Reynolds
Discuss: God asked Moses to stand up to Pharaoh and say, “Let My People Go!” When
we stand up and say something, we hope to make the world a better place. How can we
be like Moses to use our voices?

Click here for a printable version of our Family Resource Guide!

Passover in a Box

We are excited to offer three different catering options to help you fulfill your seder needs this year, without having to step foot in a store!
Please click the links below for menu and order details. Please read each flyer carefully as they all have different items included in their packages, and different modalities for delivery and pickup. We are so pleased to support these three fabulous local restaurants. 

Memphis Smokehouse

Need financial help with a Passover meal or need help getting the meal to your house?  Contact Jaimee Boettcher, Director of Member Engagement here

Want to help someone else who cannot afford a meal?  Give here.

Wed, December 1 2021 27 Kislev 5782