One of the most important holidays on the Jewish calendar, the festival of Passover, begins this evening and continues until the evening of Saturday, April 14.
Passover commemorates the freeing of the ancient Israelites from slavery in Egypt, as told in the story of the Exodus.
However, according to Rabbi Stephen Listfield, who leads of Massapequa, Passover in the contemporary sense is also a special chance for families to re-connect with one another.
"Families come together, and they really anticipate it," he said. "From my rabbinical perch, I see people really looking forward to the chance to be together with immediate family, extended family, and relatives that they don't often get the chance to see during the year."
"It is very much a time of family renewal, nostalgic memories, and people reaffirming the bonds of friends and family," Listfield added.
To help make your Passover a smooth one, Patch has gathered a listing of the services being offered by local Synagogues this weekend in honor of the Passover holiday.
- Siyyum Bechorim: 7:30 a.m.
- Erev Pesach services: 6:00 p.m.
- Candle lighting: 7:07 p.m.
- Pesach services: 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
- Havdalah: 8:08 p.m.
No Services Friday or Saturday
- Erev Shabbat SVC.-1st Night of Pesach: 5:30 p.m.
- Torah Study: 9:00 a.m.
- First Day Pesach Morning SVC: 10:30 a.m.
- Passover Second Seder: 5:00 p.m.