Pesach

Pesach 2021

The Machzor (Prayer Book) that we will be using for Pesach First and Seventh Day morning Classic and Pesach BaBayit services can be downloaded by clicking MRJ Shalosh Regalim Machzor for Pesach_

First Night Seder – Saturday 27 March
Pesach – Sunday 28 March – Saturday 3 April

This Pesach we had hoped we would all be able to join together again, but we have found so many wonderful ways of being together this year and will continue to gather and care for one another as a community online, while protecting one another’s physical health. Pesach is our festival of freedom, and is an opportunity for us to remember the role freedom plays in Judaism. While our freedoms have been curtailed this year, we hope this coming year we will, together, be walking out of the ‘narrow place’ (in Hebrew Egypt is Mitzrayim – a narrow or constricted place). We will need to continue to support one another in the aftermath of Covid 19, so that our freedoms are truly shared and enjoyed.

Below you will see highlights of activities that we have on offer this year, some starting before Pesach, and please scroll down to the bottom of the page for the full list of services.

Please click here to see the full programme in our ‘Finding Freedom at Home’ special Pesach Booklet for 2021 which tell you everything about Seder at EHRS

Please click here to download the EHRS Hagaddah L’Dor VaDor which is a complete Reform Jewish Haggadah created by Rabbi Emily Reitsma-Jurman, Rabbi Neil Kraft z”l and Rabbi Danny Smith.

Please click here for the EHRS Young Families Zoom Seder
Please click here for a beautiful Vehi Sheamdah for us, recorded by our Chazan Robert Davis, written by Yonatan Razel. You could challenge yourself to learn a new tune for seder, or enjoy playing Robert’s recording around the seder table!

Please click here to read a Pesach message from the Marie van der Zyl, President of Board of Deputies of British Jews
Please click here to read a Pesach message from CST

Young Adults Beer & Shiur

Wednesday 10 March, 20:00
Young Adults Beer and Shiur

The Seder Plate

Come and use up your chametz beer and enjoy some learning too! Do you think you know the story of the Orange on the seder plate? Chances are you have received a slightly mythic retelling of it! We will be exploring ways to add modern twists to your seder meal, as well as deepening our knowledge of the traditional symbols.

Please email rabbi.debbie@ehrs.uk for Zoom details

Cornerstone at Pesach

Tuesday 16 March, 20:00
Cornerstone Class

Join Rabbis Debbie and Roberta and our Cornerstone class. There will be 2 class options to help prepare for Pesach. You can join our Back to Basics introduction to Pesach exploring what is the structure of the seder? What are all the symbols about? How do we observe the laws of Pesach as Reform Jews? OR you can join our Going Deeper session, taking a look at how we might take our knowledge and observance of Pesach further.

Tuesday 23 March, 20:00
Cornerstone Mock Seder

Whether you are an absolute beginner or looking to add new ideas and depth to your seder, all are welcome.

Please email rabbi.debbie@ehrs.uk for Zoom details for the class and seder.

How to do a Zoom Seder - Helping the child that does not know how to unmute!

Wednesday 17 March, 20:00
How to do a Zoom Seder

Helping the child that does not know how to unmute! Rabbi Mark will help you with hints and tips gained over this extraordinary year to make your family’s virtual Seder work as well as possible.

Please email admin@ehrs.uk for Zoom details

National Reform Judaism Family Chocolate Seder

National Reform Judaism Family Chocolate Seder
Sunday 21 March, 10:00-11:00

Have Pesach fun with people from all over the country! Represent EHRS and be part of something HUGE! An amazing excuse to eat LOADS of yummy chocolate! For families and kids of all ages to join in!

For the seder, you will need…

Z’roa – An ice cream “drumstick”
Beytzah – A chocolate egg
Charoset – Chocolate mixture
Maror – Sour candies
Karpas – Chocolate-dipped strawberry
4 cups of chocolate milk
Matzah with chocolate spread

For more information and to get involved please contact education@ehrs.uk

Pesach Cook-a-Long

Wednesday 24 March, 20:00
Pesach Cook-a-Long

Pesach Delights!

We had so many members wanting to join our Young Adult Cook-a-longs that they are now open to ALL ADULTS!

We will be making a Mina D’Pesach: a Pesach Pie that can be meaty or veggie, and the easiest Florentines ever!

Please email rabbi.debbie@ehrs.uk for the ingredients list or see page 21 of the Pesach Booklet!

Freedom in the 21st Century - Will we hear the oppression of the Uyghurs?

Wednesday 31 March, 20:00
Freedom in the 21st Century – Will we hear the oppression of the Uyghurs?

As we celebrate our freedom at Pesach, how can we ensure others have the same freedom granted to them in the modern world. Rahima Mahmut, will be speaking with us on Zoom, hosted by Rabbi Mark. Rahima is an Uyghur singer, human rights activist, and award-winning translator. Her latest work includes working as a consultant and translator for the ITV documentary ‘Undercover: Inside China’s Digital Gulag.’  Currently, she is the UK representative for the World Uyghur Congress. We will hear her testimony, challengingly reminiscent of 1930’s Germany but concerning 21st century China, and she is very willing to answer your questions.

Please email admin@ehrs.uk for Zoom details

EHRS Communal Seder - Interactive!

EHRS Communal Seder – Interactive!
Sunday 28 March, 19:00-22:00

We regret that due to the government guidelines on holding gatherings we are again unable to hold the EHRS Communal Seder in the Synagogue building this year.

Last year nearly 250 members of the Synagogue joined us for a warm and lovely online Seder and we look forward to repeating and enhancing the experience this year, led by Rabbi Mark and Rabbi Debbie from their respective homes.

We invite the whole community to join us from the safety of your homes from 19:00-22:00 on Sunday 28 March. 

On the evening you will find our EHRS Haggadah on the front page of our EHRS website so that can you follow the Seder easily. If you have Seder supplies at home then do make up a Seder plate but please do not put yourself in danger to obtain them.

Please see the Pesach Booklet for full details on how to join us online.

Please click here to download the EHRS Hagaddah L’Dor VaDor which is a complete Reform Jewish Haggadah created by Rabbi Emily Reitsma-Jurman, Rabbi Neil Kraft z”l and Rabbi Danny Smith which we will use for the entirety of the Communal Seder.

Pesach Play Scheme and Pesach Pro Scheme 2021

Pesach Play Scheme and Pesach Pro Scheme

Tuesday 6 – Thursday 8 April 2021, 9:15-16:00

We in the EHRS Youth Centre are hoping to be able to run our in person Pesach Play Scheme for ages 5-9, and our in person Pesach Pro Scheme for ages 10-13.

To book for Pesach Play Scheme please go to www.ehrs.uk/event/playscheme2021/
To book for our NEW Pesach Pro Scheme please go to www.ehrs.uk/event/proscheme2021/

Our schemes offer a wide variety of fun activities (from time travel to perfomances, crafts and cooking, to sporty games) in a proudly Jewish space, all in a Covid safe way.

The comments from our parents after our previous scheme were awesome:

He asked if they were coming tomorrow and when I said yes he literally jumped for joy and exclaimed ‘yay!’
“Just wanted to say thank you for putting on a tremendous play scheme, not easy in these circumstances.”
“She had an awesome time. She looks forward to the next one!”
“Thank you so much for providing such an excellent scheme. I know he really enjoyed it as did his friends.”

Pesach Services 2021

Zoom details can be obtained from admin@ehrs.uk

The Machzor (Prayer Book) that we will be using for Pesach First and Seventh Day morning Classic services can be downloaded by clicking MRJ Shalosh Regalim Machzor for Pesach_


FRIDAY 26 MARCH

Kuddle Up Seder, 16:15
All the fun of our weekly Kuddle up, singing, dancing and cuddling! With a bit of seder spice! Join us on Zoom or on the LeDor VeDor channel.


FIRST DAY PESACH – SUNDAY 28 MARCH

Main Service, 10:30
On the first morning of Pesach our service can be enjoyed on the EHRS Classic Channel. It includes the Psalms of the Hallel and the Torah portion where the Israelites come out of slavery in Egypt. Led by Rabbis Mark Goldsmith and Rabbi Roberta Harris-Eckstein.

Pesach B’Bayit, 10:30-11:15
Clearing out the Chametz from our lives Join Rabbi Debbie on Zoom (this will not be livestreamed to allow people to share) to reflect on what clearing out the chametz means for our spiritual and personal growth, having thrown our sins away in the form of bread at Tashlich over Rosh Hashanah, this week we burned bread. We are invited to reflect on what else needs burning out of our lives, and are offered a check in space between one Rosh Hashanah and another.

Pesach for Kids, 11:30-12:15
Join Rabbi Debbie LIVE on Zoom or on the Learning and Soul Channel for Pesach for Kids, a Pesach morning family service to make our festival come alive with a true charoset of song, prayer,  Torah tales and interaction.


EREV SEVENTH DAY PESACH – FRIDAY 2 APRIL

Kuddle Up Pesach, 16:15
All the fun of our weekly Kuddle up, singing, dancing and cuddling! With extra Pesadich fun, taking us into the last day of Pesach as we prepare to cross the Red Sea together! Join us on zoom or on the LeDor VeDor channel.

Erev Shabbat and 7th night Pesach Service, 18:30
A special study service accompanied by the story of Serach Bat Asher – one of the only women mentioned as going down to Egypt with Jacob, and also counted among those who left Egypt. Serach’s role as a teller of our story will emerge through the service, and we will hear what she saw on crossing the Red Sea as we mark that journey on the last day of Pesach. Join Rabbi Debbie on Zoom or watch on the Classic Channel livestream.


SEVENTH DAY PESACH – SATURDAY 3 APRIL

First Shabbat Shiur, 9:15 – 10:00
Demons on the Last Day of Pesach – What is the difference between superstition and religion? Pesachim, the tractate of the Talmud dealing with the Passover festival, blurs those boundaries. Join Student Rabbi Lev Taylor to read this fascinating text about demons and how to avoid them.

Main Service, 10:30
Our seventh and final morning of Pesach service can be enjoyed on the EHRS Classic Channel. It includes the Psalms of the Hallel and the Torah portion where the Israelites walk on dry land through the Red Sea.  Led by Rabbi Debbie Young-Somers and Rabbi Roberta Harris-Eckstein.

Pesach B’Bayit, 10:30-11:15
Join Rabbi Mark LIVE on the EHRS Facebook page for a Pesach B’Bayit, a Pesach morning service with songs, stories, and reflections to give you un-leavened Passover flavour without the formality.

Pesach for Kids, 11:30-12:15
Join Rabbi Mark LIVE on Zoom or on the Learning and Soul Channel for Pesach for Kids, a Pesach morning family service to make our festival come alive as we set out on the Exodus journey with song, prayer, Torah tales and interaction.