Pesach 2022

The Machzor (Prayer Book) that we will be using for Pesach services can be downloaded by clicking MRJ Shalosh Regalim Machzor for Pesach_

First Night Seder – Friday 15 April 2022
Pesach – Saturday 16 April – Friday 22 April 2022

Resources for your Family Seder
Here are some resources to help to engage children at the Seder, and enjoy how special Passover with the family is.
• EHRS Young families have created our very own EHRS interactive short Seder, click here, which involves and is fun for all the family. Perfect for those with pre-school and primary aged children.
• Print our Seder table activity place mat to keep the kids entertained, click here
• Passover quiz (created by an EHRS Members sister!), click here
• PJ Library Seder table card came to print and cut out cards, click here
• Some great games for and stories, click here

Please see below the various services, seders and activities we have on offer this year.

Pesach Services & Activities

*Friday 8 April*
Getting Ready for Seder at Kuddle Up, 16:15 (more details and booking information below)

Friday 15 April
Please note there will be no Erev Pesach & Shabbat Service on this night

The EHRS team is delighted to enable anyone who wants to attend a family Seder on the first night to do so. Please contact June Lewis, our Rabbis’ PA at the Synagogue as soon as possible if you would like to find a host family to join for first night Seder. If you are prepared to do the mitzvah of hosting a guest, please let June know. Your Seder does not need to be perfect, people looking for a host family are simply hoping to be together with others.

*Saturday 16 April: First Day Pesach*
Pesach & Shabbat Morning Service, 10:30
Our service includes the special liturgy and choral music for this central festival of the Jewish year and our coming together to celebrate our freedom.
Chocolate Seder, 11:00 (more details and booking information below)
EHRS Communal Seder, 18:00 (more details and booking information below)

*Thursday 21 April: Erev Seventh Day Pesach*
Naming our Jewish journey – what stories do our names tell, 18:30
In our Erev Seventh Day Pesach service we will explore the journeys we have gone on since crossing the Red Sea. Our names are often clues to our history, or links to people who have come before us. Join us for prayer and discussion, in person at EHRS and on Zoom. Click here to book.

*Friday 22 April: Seventh Day Pesach*
Main Service & Yizkor, 10:30
Our service includes the special liturgy & choral music that ends Pesach, together with a Yizkor to remember those who are no longer with us.
Family Taskmaster Pesach Challenge, 10:30 (more details and booking information below)

Cornerstone Mock Seder

Tuesday 5 April, 19:00

Cornerstone Mock Seder & From Generation to Generation Seder Ideas

Join our Rabbis as we unpack and delve into the Pesach Seder – ideal for first timers and those wanting to understand a lifetime’s practice better. We will take a walk through the steps of the Seder together and have a chance to enjoy a variety of charoset recipes!

All are welcome as we explore and introduce the Seder. We will also be helping you to make your Seder especially engaging for children with great ideas, creative material, ways to lead the seder and magic tricks you can perform!

Please click here to book.

Are there still Jews in Ethiopia?

Sunday 10 April, 19:00 

As we approach Pesach, when we began our journey to the promised land, we are joined by Meketa, a British charity supporting Ethiopian Jews still waiting for their moment of freedom and a journey to Israel.

Founders of Meketa, Rabbi Sybil Sheridan and Hila Bram join EHRS’s Kevin Darvill to explore the challenges this fascinating and often forgotten community face, their work and why there are still Jews in Ethiopia, a country currently in the midst of a brutal civil war.

You’ll also have the chance to buy beautiful Judaica, and try some Ethiopian cuisine… and it’s kosher for Passover too!

Please click here to book.

Pesach Play Scheme 2022

Monday 11 – Thursday 14 April 2022
*Extra dates added – Wednesday 20 & Thursday 21 April*

Timings: 9:15-16:00 (early drop off from 8:30 & late pick up until 17:00 available upon booking)

Six days of fun for all 5 – 13 year olds. Groups will be split in ages 5-7, 8-10 & 11-13.

Join us for sports, drama, music, art, getting creative, cooking, games, friendship and fun!

EHRS Members: £112 full 4 days or £30 per day
Non EHRS Members: £132 full 4 days or £35 per day

Extra dates added – Wednesday 20 & Thursday 21 April
£34 per day for EHRS Members, £39 per day for Non EHRS Members
On these 2 dates all food will be provided by the synagogue to ensure it to be Kosher for Pesach.

Payment can be made via with a debit/credit card.


Getting Ready for Seder at Kuddle Up

Getting Ready for Seder at Kuddle Up
Friday 8 April, 16:15-16:45 (please note date change from 15 April)
In Person

Join our Rabbis and their Shabbat Dinosaurs for Shabbat stories and songs held in person at EHRS in our spacious Community Centre, this month with a Pesach Seder theme!

Early arrival (optional) from 15.45! Come straight from school pick up, or just arrive early to play before the service. Selection of toys for the kids and hot drinks available for the adults!

Please click here to book

Chocolate Seder

Saturday 16 April, 11:00 

Please join us this Pesach for a delicious Chocolate Seder that will tantalise your taste buds and satisfy your soul!

For all those aged 5 and above, younger siblings are welcome accompanied by an adult, and will take place in the Community Centre. Led by Rabbi Debbie.

For catering purposes we must know numbers in advance, so booking is essential.

Please click here to book.

EHRS Communal Seder

Saturday 16 April, 18:00

The EHRS Communal Seder will be held on Saturday 16 April at EHRS at 18:00 for a 18:15 start in the main synagogue hall, ending at approximately 22:00.

Please join us for a lovely and friendly evening of good food and a Seder service led by Rabbi Mark and Rabbi Mati. This Seder is suitable for all ages, and will include a session for children with our Rabbis, helping them to enjoy being part of the Seder experience. The Seder will be set up according to government guidelines and will be Covid compliant.

The 3 course catered Pesach meal will include either a chicken or vegetarian meal. Please note on your booking form your choice of starter and main course (Starter: Chicken Soup OR Butternut Squash Soup ~ Main Course: Chicken Thighs OR Stuffed Aubergine)

Should you have a specific dietary requirement, this must be noted on the booking form at the time of booking as we cannot cater for special requests on the day.

EHRS Members
Adult: £30 Children 10-18yrs: £15 (under 10yrs free)

Adult: £35 Children 10-18yrs: £15 (under 10yrs free)

*Bookings are now closed*

Family Taskmaster Pesach Challenge

Friday 22 April, 10:30-12:00

A fun and fabulous family morning, inspired by TV’s taskmaster, full of weird and wacky tasks and challenges. Points awarded for creativity, silliness and general mayhem.
All families welcome with children 5 years old and above.

Presented by Taskmasters Jack and Marian

Please click here to book