Wesleyan Passover 2016


From Slavery to Freedom - Otto Geismar, 1927

Passover this year begins on the evening of Friday, April 22nd and ends on the evening of Saturday, April 30th. 

What You Need to Know about Pesach at Wesleyan:

1. How to Have a Transformative Passover/Seder (Workshop) Monday April 18th

2. Seder I: Friday April 22nd  (How to sign up and volunteer)

3. Seder II: Saturday April 23rd

4. Seder II:  Saturday April 23rd: Seder To Go

5. Meals During Passover (and special rates at Usdan)

6. Special Community Lunch, Tuesday April 26th

7. Shabbat Dinner April 29th

8. Help/Volunteers Needed

9. Passover at Weshop

10. So what is Passover Anyway? Cool Passover Websites


1. How to Have a Transformative Seder/Passover (Workshop) Monday April 18th

How to make this year's Seder different from last year's. Join Rabbi David at 4pm at ORSL Lounge 169 High St. 

2. Passover Seder I

Friday April 22nd, 2016 at 5:30 PM (Please arrive a few minutes early as we are hoping to start on time.)

Location DFC

The Seder is a community celebration that celebrates the Jewish People’s liberation from Egypt. Join us for singing, great discussions and a whole lot of fun.

Please RSVP by April 20th  (by Noon).

The cost is: $16.95 in points/Middletown Cash or
1 meal and $6.95 in points/Middletown Cash

To RSVP, email Anna Denton (adenton@wesleyan.edu)
The email must include: your name, WES ID #, and whether you’re paying with points or with cash.

Help needed!

Interested in making this Seder your Seder?

Want to help contribute to Seder? Or consider bringing to the Wesleyan Seder a short reading, an activity, or an object meaningful to you?  To sign up, click here.

Help with pre-Passover planning!

If you’re interested in planning or participating in the Seder or for more information, please email          
Rabbi David (dleipziger@wesleyan.edu).
*No background or Hebrew skills required.


3. Passover Seder II: Seders-To-Go

For the second Seder, on Saturday April 23rd , we will once again offer “Seders-to-Go”.  You choose your friends and the location, we’ll supply the food, matza, grape juice, Seder plate, and the Haggadot (Passover Manual), all available at Shalom Salaam/ “Kosher”.

If you would like to do this, RSVP to adenton@wesleyan.edu by April 20th. Please provide your name, Wes ID #, and indicate whether or not you are a vegetarian.  You will be charged for a meal or equivalent in points. We will have a veggie and a meat option. Seder-to-Go meals must be picked up at Shalom Salaam/ “Kosher” on Saturday April 23rd from 5-6 pm.  Each person has to pick up their own meal.


4. Passover Second Seder 

In the past, students have organized a second seder and opened it up to members of out community. If this ends up happening, please email Rabbi David at dleipziger@wesleyan.edu.

There is an alternative Wesleyan haggadah produced by the students of the Contemporary Jewish Thought student forum from two years ago that we can use, but the second night Seder can really take any form that the we want it to take. Please email Rabbi David if you are at all interested in being involved in this planning in any capacity, or if you have any ideas/suggestions about how you think the Seder should go.


5. Meals During Passover:

Shalom Salaam, located in the Usdan Marketplace, will be open for Passover and will be serving “Kosher for Passover” food for the length of the holiday.  It will be open for lunch and dinner, starting with lunch on the 22nd and ending with dinner on the 30th.   

Passover Meals at Usdan  

For every Kosher for Passover meal you will eat at Usdan, there will be a $1 surcharge.   The individual single ticket will be available for purchase from April 22nd until April 30th. For more information or to ask questions, please email John at jkehoe@wesleyan.edu.

Also, the Bayit, located at 157 Church Street, will have a kosher kitchen that will be kashered for Passover.  Feel free to use it!

For more info contact: Lindsey Halpern


6. Special Community Lunch, Tuesday April 26th

Please bring your own food or get food from Usdan kosher and join us in Usdan 110 from 11:30-1:15pm so we can eat together.

7. Shabbat Dinner, Friday April 29th 

On Friday, April 29th, join us for a special Shabbat dinner at the Bayit. Services 5:15pm followed by Shabbat Dinner at 6:30pm.  All are welcome!


8. Help/Volunteers Needed

We need help with leading the Passover Seder. If you’re interested in planning or participating in the Seder, please email Rabbi David at dleipziger@wesleyan.edu.


9. Passover at Weshop

Weshop will carry a limited number of Kosher for Passover products.  Feel free to check them out.


10. Cool Passover Websites