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Passover at WRT

Passover Services
  • Tuesday, April 15 at 10:00 am: Passover Morning Service
  • Monday, April 21 at 10:00 am: Yizkor Service

 PRAYER FOR PESACH 5774 / 2014

Rabbi Jonathan E. Blake

“This is the bread of affliction that our ancestors ate in the land of Egypt. 
Let all who are hungry come and eat….”

As we sit this night at Seder tables,
Tables of family, tables of plenty,

We lift up this curious bread,
Bread of affliction, bread of poverty,
and declare:  “Let all who are hungry come and eat.”

Tonight in America and Israel, millions of men, women, and children go hungry:
Unable to make it all come together: food, housing, education, medicine;
Sacrificing one for the other. Not just tonight. Every night.
This is the bread of affliction. The poor person’s bread.  The bread of poverty.

When we say, this year, “Let all who are hungry come and eat,”
What will it mean?
Will we open more than a door for an invisible Elijah?
Will we open our eyes, our hands, our hearts?

We too are hungry, this Seder night
(And not just the children):

Hungry to lead lives of purpose,
Hungry to experience the light of God
That shines through us
Whenever we shine our light into dark corners.

We too are hungry:
Hungry for spiritual nourishment,
Hungry for the work that makes the world a better place,
Hungry for the learning that makes our religious heritage come alive.

We too are hungry:
Hungry for leaders who care more about principle than politics.
Hungry for lawmakers who seek mutual benefit above self-preservation.
Hungry for peacemakers who will sacrifice for the sake of shalom.

From America to Israel and everywhere in between,
Wherever a People destined to be a light unto the nations now gathers at Seder tables of plenty,

Let us say,
and let us mean,
“Let all who are hungry come and eat.”


Please consider asking a Fifth Question at this year’s Seder.  After the youngest person reads the four questions from the Haggadah, ask, “Why are millions still going hungry in this country tonight?”  Reflect as a group upon the crisis of hunger, why it persists and what you individually and collectively could do to end it. 

Further resources on this subject, and opportunities to support Mazon:  A Jewish Response to Hunger, are found here:  http://mazon.org/fifthquestion/

Chag Sameach!


Chavurah: Passover at WRT and Beyond

The Men’s Club continues the tradition of
Sunday, March 16 - Sunday, March 23
Thirty-eight years ago, a Passover tradition was born at Westchester Reform Temple when more than 125 families purchased Passover foods to fill baskets for needy Jews in the area. For many years, our appeal was coordinated by Judy and Len Corlin. Last year, we combined this community-wide Passover food drive with a tradition created just a few years ago, delivering meals directly to the doors of those in need.
Donations collected throughout the week will be used for...
• “door-to-door” deliveries to members of the community provided to us by Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS), and
• to fill the food pantry of Jewish families in need and distributed by the Bronx Jewish Community Council.
The process is the same; only the drop-off location has changed!
1. Shop from the following list and drop off items at WRT between Sunday, March 16 and Sunday, March 23 at 11:00 am
2. Join with the Men’s Club on Sunday, March 23 at 11:00 am to sort our donations
3. Join with the Men’s Club on Sunday, April 13 to pack (starting at 9:00 am) and deliver the food (starting at 10:00 am). 
RSVP for April 13 to wrtmensclub@gmail.com
The familiar words from our Seder must be an imperative one for us. For without the Passover foods, a record number of Jews will have no Passover table. Make this moment a moment to live the words of the Seder, “Welcome the stranger...For you shall love him as yourself, for you were once strangers in the land of Egypt.”
Thank you,
Scott E. Silberfein, Men’s Club President
Please use this as your shopping list. All of the items should be Kosher for Passover.
• Matzah and Egg Matzah • Tea
• Matzah Meal & Farfel • Honey
• Gefilte Fish (cans) • Canned Vegetables, Tuna
• Matzoh Ball Soup (cans only) • Jams and Jellies, Canned Applesauce & Fruit
• Macaroons • Walnuts, Dried Fruits / Raisins