Pesach, known as Passover in English, is a major Jewish spring festival, commemorating the Exodus from Egypt over 3,000 years ago.The ritual observance of this holiday centers around a special home service called the seder (meaning "order") and a festive meal; the prohibition of chametz (leaven); and the eating of matzah (an unleavened bread). On the eve of the fifteenth day of Nisan in the Hebrew calendar, we read from a book called the hagaddah, meaning "telling," which contains the order of prayers, rituals, readings and songs for the Pesach seder. The Pesach seder is the only ritual meal in the Jewish calendar year for which such an order is prescribed, hence its name.
Passover at Mt Sinai
We hold our congregational seder on the second night of Passover. The dinner starts around 6 pm with the Exodus story told through the rituals, readings, and songs of the Hagadah. This is followed by a catered dinner (reservations are required), and we finish the evening with the welcoming of Elijah as we look towards a time when the world is filled with peace and we live in a heavenly Jerusalem.
The congregational Seder this year is on April 15, 2014, the second night of Passover.
More about Passover can be found at the URJ's Website: reformjudaism.org