It’s almost time to break out the matzo. Passover arrives on March 25 this year, when Jews across the world will come together to retell the Exodus story over four cups of wine (or grape juice for those who can't indulge), and of course, a large, festive feast.
The diet changes depend on family tradition. Supermarkets everywhere have special sections at least this time of year. As a general rule, just look for the “Kosher for Passover” label, which thankfully spreads to more products year after year.
The middle of the holiday, from March 28 to 31, is an intermediate period, or Chol HaMoed, when there are fewer restrictions. The final two days of Passover fall on April 1 and 2, and are considered holy days.
Here are some local resources for all your Passover needs:
- The Jewish Community Center of Harrison invites "family" to sign up for the second-night seder. It also has a Judaica shop, open by appointment, if you need a last-minute seder plate.
- Young Israel of Harrison offers a calendar with useful dates and times—for example, when to burn chametz, light candles and start either seder—and a great list of kosher restaurants, butchers, bakeries and caterers. In Harrison, check out O'Delices—Desserts by Eva Botbol; otherwise the closest are in White Plains, New Rochelle and Scarsdale.
- If you would like to find a seder, please contact UJA-Federation’s J•1•1 Information and Referral Center Monday before 1 p.m. at 1.877.852.6951or J11@ujafedny.org. J•1•1 is a free information and referral service that connects the New York Jewish community with available programs and resources. Space for Passover seders may be limited. Fees vary by venue, and not all venues offer a seder on both nights. Please note that J•1•1 will be closed Monday March 25, 2013 after 1:00 pm, and on Tuesday and Wednesday March 26-27, 2013.
- On the lighter side: Last year the Huffington Post compiled a list of some of the best (only) TV episodes with Passover in the plot. Then there's The Ten Commandments or the Prince of Egypt—catch them on Netflix or Amazon. And for some educational fun with the kids, check out the Rugrats Passover special here.