Wesleyan Passover 2019

Like the High Holidays, each year we offer a huge variety of Passover programming including a big seder to kick it all off. The exact Passover schedule will be posted below, in advance of the holiday. 

Passover this year begins on the evening of Friday, April 19th and ends on the evening of Saturday, April 27th (on the evening of Friday 4/26 in the Reform tradition). 

What You Need to Know about Pesach at Wesleyan:

1. A Deeper Look @Passover: Saturday April 13

2. Pre-Passover Seder Tradition Swap (with pizza): Monday April 15th 

3. Seder I: Friday April 19  (How to sign up and volunteer) 

4. Seder II: Saturday April 20: Seder To Go

5. Seder II: Saturday April 20

6. Meals During Passover (at Usdan)

7. Passover and Jewish Resistance, Wednesday April 24

8. Shabbat Dinner. Friday April 10th

9. Break Passover Carbs Fest Saturday April 27 time TBD, The Bayit with Havdalah  

10. Maimuna: Post Passover Picnic on Foss 

11. Help/Volunteers Needed

12. Passover at Weshop

13. So what is Passover anyway? Cool Passover Websites


1. A Deeper Look at Passover

Saturday April 13th at 3pm 

Have you ever wanted to take a deeper look at Passover? We will be hosting a study session and discussion about the laws of Passover and how Passover can be spiritual and personally meaningful. There will be snacks!

2. Passover Seder Tradition Swap 

Monday April 15 at 5pm

Does your family have a fun, unique, or special Passover tradition? Do you have a social justice issue that you’re going to be thinking about this Passover and want to share with the community? Do you want to learn about other WJC members’ favorite Passover traditions? Come to the ORSL on Monday, April 15th at 5 p.m! There will be pizza. 

3. Passover Seder I

Friday April 19 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 THURSDAY April 18th 9am.

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

**If you have any allergies or food concerns, please share them with Rabbi David at Dleipziger@wes by 4/15 at Noon.**

To RSVP, email Nell Buechler (ebuechler@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.

4. Passover Seder II: Seders-To-Go

For the second Seder, on Saturday April 20th we will once again offer “Seders-to-Go”.  You choose your friends and the location, we’ll supply the food for one, matza, grape juice, Seder plate for the group, and the Haggadot (Passover Manual), all available at Shalom Salaam/ “Kosher”.

If you would like to do this, RSVP to ebuechler@wesleyan.edu by April 15. 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 20th from 5-6 pm.  Each person has to pick up their own meal.

5. Passover Second Seder 4/20

There will be a progressive Seder hosted by students in the Bayit. More info TBA.

If you are also interested in hosting a Seder that is open to the community, contact Olivia Siegal (osiegal@wesleyan.edu)

6. Meals During Passover: Usdan

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. Dinner on Friday April 10, 2020 wil served at the Bayit, and not at Usdan. It will be open for lunch and dinner, starting with brunch on April 20th and ending with dinner on the April 27th.   

Passover Meals at Usdan  

In order to make sure that students eating Passover food have the foods that they need at all the times they need them, Bon Appetit will be charging a $1 surcharge per meal. If this represents a finanacial hardship to anyone, please be in touch with Rabbi David. The individual single ticket will be available for purchase from April 16th until April 27th. For more information please email John Kehoe at jkehoe@wesleyan.edu.

6. Passover and Jewish Resistance, Wednesday April 24 6pm, The Bayit

Students will be asked to bring their own stories about Jewish resistance from their families or from history, and current movements will also be discussed at this informal program. More info TBA.

8. Shabbat Dinner, Friday April 10, 2020 

On Friday, April 10th, join us for a special catered Shabbat dinner at the Bayit. Services 5:30pm followed by Shabbat Dinner at 6:30pm.  All are welcome! ( Usdan Kitchen will be closed this night)

9. Break Passover Carbs Fest with Havdalah, Saturday 4/27, time TBD, The Bayit

Come enjoy pizza and camp-style games with the WJC!

10. Maimuna: Post Passover Picnic on Foss, Sunday 4/28 Noon

Is Maimuna your favorite part of Passover? Don't know what Maimuna is and want to learn more? Come to Foss to enjoy this non-ashkenormative Passover tradition!

11. Help/Volunteers Needed

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

12. Passover at Weshop

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

13. Cool Passover Websites