Passover This Year

This year, Passover begins at sundown on Friday, March 30, 2018
and ends at sundown on Friday, April 6, 2018
(or at sundown on Saturday, April 7 for those who observe eight days).

Click here for a copy and recording of the Four Questions.

CELEBRATE PASSOVER WITH HAKAFA BY PARTICIPATING
IN ANY / ALL OF THE FOLLOWING:

 


CONGREGATIONAL SECOND-NIGHT SEDER
Celebrate the second night of Passover with Hakafa!

Our congregation will be hosting its annual Second-Night Passover Seder on Saturday, March 31 at 6:00 p.m. at the Winnetka Community House (620 Lincoln Ave, Winnetka). Members and their guests are cordially invited to attend this very festive and always memorable event. Expect delicious food, lively music, and wonderful companionship.

Click here to make your reservation online
OR
Click here for a downloadable paper reservation form

Please note that reservations are
due by March 16, 2018.

  

SEDER FOR THE ROBINEAU RESIDENTS

Hakafa will again lead a Passover seder for the residents of Robineau, a CJE SeniorLife Residence at 7550 N. Kostner Avenue in Skokie. The Robineau seder will begin promptly at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 31. The seniors really appreciate our friendship. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early, and be prepared to have a fun time!  If you would like to participate and/or if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Don Pollak.
   


PASSOVER BOXES FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS

Send a care package to your undergrad at Passover this year!  Volunteer Hakafa members perform the mitzvah of preparing Passover packages (which include items like matzah, candy, snacks, and a letter from Rabbi Elder) each year for our undergrads, reminding them that they are an important part of our Hakafa family and that we are thinking of them.

Just click here to place your order online OR click here for a downloadable paper order form, write a note to your undergrad if you'd like, and send both with $35.00 (checks should be made out to "Congregation Hakafa.") to Karen Berman (1231 Forest Avenue, Wilmette, IL 60091) no later than March 9.

If you have any questions or would like to help with this project, please contact Hakafa member, Karen Berman
   

 

MAOT CHITIM

Please join Hakafa members and others in the Chicagoland Jewish community in delivering boxes of Passover food and other necessities to Jewish families in need on Sunday morning, March 25. Box pick-up at the warehouse (7100 N. McCormick Blvd, Lincolnwood) will begin at 9:00 AM. Come with your car (especially large cars and vans) and families! No pre-registration is required to deliver Passover food boxes. Just leave plenty of room in your vehicle and empty your trunk. If you have any questions, please contact Hakafa member, Carol Anne Been.  

SPECIAL NOTE: Maot Chitim generously donated Passover meals to our refugees who live in Skokie, Evanston, and the north side of the city. If you would like to help deliver meals to Hakafa's refugee families on Sunday, March 25, please contact Allison Stein. This is a great opportunity to meet our families! 

   

YIZKOR SERVICE - LAST DAY OF PASSOVER

Jewish tradition tells us that four times during the year, in addition to the anniversary of the death of a loved one, we are to recall the memories of those who have died. These four times, known as yizkor (remembrance), coincide with major holidays on the Jewish calendar. The last day of Pesach is a day on which yizkor is recited. Please join us on Friday, April 6 at 10:30 a.m. at Lakeside Congregation (1221 County Line Road, Highland Park). We will be joined by members of Congregation Har-Shalom, Lakeside Congregation, Congregation Solel, and Congregation Sukkat Shalom. Contact Rabbi Elder with questions.
   

HAKAFA COMMUNITY BIYUR CHAMETZ

On the evening before Passover, it is customary to make a formal search of one's home for any remaining chametz (leavened bread) which is then to be burned in a special fire. This act of burning chametz is called Biyur Chametz. Again this year, we are holding a Hakafa Community Biyur Chametz. Anyone who would like to come and toss into our pit fire a symbolic crumb of bread or two - either one found in your home or extras we will have with us - should join us on Thursday, March 29 anytime between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. at Crow Island Woods Park (1140 Willow Road, Winnetka). Help us prepare for Passover, and bring your chametz to add to the fire!

Location and Parking: Crow Island Woods Park lies directly west of Crow Island School on Willow Road in Winnetka. Parking is available in the center of the park via a gravel road off of Willow Road. A picnic shelter with restrooms and stone fellowship circle/fire pit is located just south of the parking area.