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Although we are experiencing another year of Passover mostly virtually and without the company of our friends and families, Temple Beth Shalom is working hard to ensure meaningful experiences for our congregation. Do you need assistance in learning how to set up and use tech tools? We're here to help! Please contact us or by phone at 512-735-8900. Important note: please allow us plenty of time to assist you and others by contacting us well before our office hours close (which is sometimes early for holidays--see our calendar below). 

On This Page:

Calendar of Temple Beth Shalom Events

Planning Your Seder

Clergy Videos of the Seder



Other Learning Opportunities


Page updated 3/16/2021

This page will be updated often with information about opportunities and events!

Sunday, March 21

Chocolate Seder 
10:00 a.m.
Register here 
Note: For members enrolled in Sunday School, you will receive information for joining the Chocolate Seder in your Religious School e-newsletters. Everyone else, please register. 

Join us for a fun (and yummy!) Chocolate Passover Seder. Not only will you engage in Passover rituals, but your taste buds will have fun doing it.


Recipes & Reminiscing: Passover Breakfast Ideas
2:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Register here
We hope you can join Kelly Finkel to schmooze while learning about fun and delicious ideas to liven up your Passover breakfast plates. 




Saturday, March 27

Erev Passover: First-Night Seder
See information below for how to plan your own Seder.

Sunday, March 28

Second-Night Seder
Online via Zoom, 5:00 p.m.-5:45 p.m. 

Join the Temple Beth Shalom clergy team and Club Musika as they lead us together in the ritual elements of the Passover Seder. Open to the community.

Download the Haggadah for the Second-Night Seder


Registration Information:
Temple Beth Shalom Members 
No registration required to attend (access the Zoom link to the event on the day of the Seder by logging in to your account). 
Want a participatory role in the Seder or would you child like to sing the Four Questions? Register here.

We welcome you to join us for this event! Please register. 

Saturday, April 3

Last Day of Passover 
Yizkor Service
Online via Zoom, 10:00 a.m., Open to the community

Join our clergy for a Yizkor service in which we remember our loved ones.

Temple Beth Shalom Members 
No registration required to attend (access the event on the Zoom Links for Members webpage by logging in to your account). 

Non-members: Register here


Passover! Havdalah! Omer Counting! Celebrating Together in Person
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. in person at the Temple Beth Shalom parking lot*
Members only- advance RSVP required.

This event is now full

Join us as we celebrate the conclusion of Passover with relaxed, mostly unstructured time to visit (safely) with other congregants, enjoy a bit of educational programming if you choose, and partake in a community havdalah. We will gather outdoors and stay socially distanced.  And you’ll leave with a bag of chametz to break Passover (and nibble on the car ride home.)

*Masks required for everyone age 2 and older. Due to social distance considerations, attendance at this event is limited. This event will be held if Austin is in Stage 3 or lower; if the city is in Stage 4 or 5, the event will be canceled.


Participate in Our "Pesocks & Personal Care Items" Drive!

Socks for Pesach! Bring new socks or new personal care items such as toothbrushes and deodorant to temple, either when you attend the in-person celebration above, or by calling the temple office to set a time to drop them off during business hours, by Wednesday, April 7. We'll make sure they get to Mobile Loaves & Fishes to help people in need. Thank you!


Planning Your Seder

Planning Your Online Group Seder

Will your seder include extended family or friends virtually this year? Read tips for making a virtual seder engaging for everyone.

Planning a Solo Seder

We know many of you are planning to go solo this year. Gather ideas on making your solo seder meaningful and unique.

Tot/Young Families Resources

If you’ve got little ones toddling around at home for Passover, PJ Library has resources for you, including their featured Have I Got a Story for You podcast, focused on kid-friendly ways to learn about Jewish holidays. And if you’re learning the Four Questions, here’s a great practice guide.

Haggadah Options

Download our Temple Beth Shalom Haggadah, created together with clergy and congregants in 2019, for use in your personal Seders.

Temple Beth Shalom Haggadah for the Second-Night Seder has a variety of online Haggadah to match your seder’s focus and demographics.

HIAS Haggadah, developed by the Jewish American nonprofit organization that provides humanitarian aid and assistance to refugees. 

Watch the Clergy Lead Seder Segments

Unsure about the order of the seder or how to do the prayers? No worries! Rabbi Freedman, Rabbi Cohen, and Cantor Gostein have recorded the seder into manageable segments for you to watch.

Start by creating your seder plate: watch Rabbi Freedman's guidance below:

Seder Songs:



See Cantor Abby Gostein's musical resources for Passover, including videos, recordings, song lyrics, and sheet music.





Austin Catering (the folks that brought you the amazing nosh board for the Shalomathon back in December!) offers Passover meals for pickup or delivery. Order by Monday, March 22, at 2:00 p.m.

Passover Recipe Share: See what your fellow members are cooking up for Passover on our Passover Recipe Share webpage. To contribute a recipe of your own, contact Kelly Finkel.


Other Learning Opportunities

Four Cups of Cabernet: Wine Appreciation and Jewish History
18 Doors and In partnership with OneTable Boston and The Vilna Shul
March 14, 5:00 p.m. Central, $10 registration fee
You bring the wine, we’ll bring the rest! We will delve into the art and science of wine appreciation and wine and food pairing, and learn how wine is a window to Jewish history and culture. We’ll journey to Ancient Israel, Sephardic Europe and North Africa, the American West and New Zealand. This event is timed to inspire you to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with an alternative to Guinness, and, most important, to enrich your experience of the Passover seder, where wine plays a central role. 
Learn more and RSVP here.

Mimouna Story Time for LGBTQ Families
Sunday, April 4
1:00 p.m.

Mimouna is a traditional festival celebrated by Moroccan Jews the day after Passover, marking the return to eating chametz (leavened foods). Mimouna is the beginning of the Spring season and a time to celebrate friendship and community, and good fortune. We hope you will celebrate with Keshet this year! After registration you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Register here.

About Passover

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 fifteenth day of Nisan in the Hebrew calendar, Jews gather with family and friends in the evening to read from a book called the hagaddah, meaning "telling," which contains the order of prayers, rituals, readings and songs for the Passover seder. Today, the holiday is a celebration of freedom and family.

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