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While we won’t be celebrating Passover in-person this year, we’d like for you to participate in the Temple Beth Shalom spirit.

A Note About Technology

We are so fortunate to live during a time when we can gather "virtually"--that is, online on our computers or smart phones. Do you need assistance in learning how to set up and use these tech tools? We're here to help! Please contact us by email at 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). 


Tuesday, April 7:
Bedikat Chametz – The Hunt for Chametz. See description and how to access.

Wednesday, April 8
Erev Passover (first-night seder)
Temple office closes at 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 9:
Chocolate Seder at 11:00 a.m.
Temple office closed all day

Friday, April 10:
Matzah Brei Breakfast with Rabbi & Lori Freedman at 9:00 a.m.

Tuesday, April 14
Temple office closes at 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 15
Yizkor service (online) at 8:00 a.m.
Temple office closed














Planning Your Seder

Seder Matching

If you’re looking for an online (virtual) seder to attend, or you’d like to open your seder up to a fellow member to attend (virtually), let us know. We will try to match congregants with a seder to ensure that you can celebrate with community.

Complete this online form with your seder interests and preferences by 3:00 p.m., Monday, April 6. 

Planning Your Online 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. has a variety of online Haggadah to match your seder’s focus and demographics.

Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) has a variety of beautiful virtual haggadot to choose from, including Sharing the Journey, and The New Union Haggadah.

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.

  1. Order of the Seder Service: Kadeish Urchatz
  2. Yom Tov candle lighting
  3. Blessing for the First Cup of Wine (including Shehecheyanu)
  4. Karpas--Blessing Over the Greens
  5. The Four Questions--Mah Nishtana
  6. One Small Step
  7. Dayeinu (It Would Have Been Enough!)
  8. Blessing for the Second Cup of Wine 
  9. Motzi Matza--Blessing Over the Matza
  10. Maror--Blessing for the Bitter Herbs
  11. Afikoman (Parody)
  12. Birkat Hamazon (ending)
  13. Blessing for the Third Cup of Wine 
  14. Oseh Shalom
  15. Hall'luya
  16. Blessing for the Fourth Cup of Wine 
  17. Eliyahu Hanavi
  18. Adir Hu (God of Might)
  19. Echad Mi Yodea--Who Knows One?
  20. Chad Gadya--An Only Kid
  21. L'shana Haba-ah--Next Year in Jeruselem


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


* Crave Curbside offers a kosher-style dinner for four, which includes a choice of protein, sides, matzah ball soup, Cupcake Bar cupcakes and a Flora Fetish arrangement. Visit or call 512-893-8563. Order by April 3.

* Gail's Catering offers a certified-kosher dinner to go for $40 per person. Order by April 2.

* Austin Catering offers Passover meals for pickup or delivery. Order by April 7 at 2:00 p.m.

* Pascal's Catering offers a Passover meal for pickup or delivery. Please allow at least 24 hours' notice before pickup.

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, email Kelly Finkel.

Let us know if there are other businesses making and distributing kosher Passover meals and we’ll be sure to add that information. Contact


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.

Sat, April 4 2020 10 Nisan 5780