זמן חרותינו | The Festival of Freedom

Pesach 5777 Calendar of Times and Services

Festival Times


Search for chametz, from 7:29 p.m. DST until midnight


Latest time for eating chametz, 10:45 a.m. DST

Latest time for burning chametz, 11:51 a.m. DST

Earliest time First Seder may begin, 7:30 p.m. DST


The Second Seder should not begin any earlier than 7:50 p.m. DST

After the Chag on Tuesday, April 18

Restoring the home to pre-Pesach condition must await the end of the chag at 8:24 p.m. DST. Chametz may not be used or eaten before 9:45 p.m. DST, and should not be used in any case until the kitchen has been converted back to non-Pesach use.

Bread and cakes baked by Jewish-owned bakeries on Pesach or baked by Jewish-owned bakeries that did not sell their chametz may not be eaten at all.

Morning Services


Monday, April 10, “Fast of the Firstborn” Siyum

Tuesday, April 11, First Day of Pesach

Shabbat, April 15, Shabbat Chol Hamoed Pesach

Monday, April 17, Seventh Day of Pesach

Tuesday, April 18,* Final Day of Pesach

* Yizkor will be recited, beginning sometime after 11 a.m.

Candle-lighting Times

April 10      7:05 p.m. DST

April 11     8:16 p.m. DST

April 14     7:17 p.m. DST

April 16     7:19 p.m. DST

April 17     8:23 p.m. DST

End Times

April 12     8:18 p.m. DST

April 15     8:21 p.m. DST

April 18     8:24 p.m. DST


Ridding our homes of all chametz before Pesach is a requirement, but it is not entirely possible to do so, which is why we should sell our chametz to a non-Jew. This is not optional for Conservative Jews. Please download the contract, fill it out, sign it, include a check for $18 made out to Congregation Beth Israel of the Palisades (mark the memo line “rabbi's discretionary fund”), and return them to CBIOTP no later than Friday, April 7. The address is CBIOTP, 207 Edgewater Road, Cliffside Park, NJ 07010-2201. To download the contract, click here.

Downloads that may interest you (just click on each):

Sephardi Pesach Cleaning Guide

Rabbi Engelmayer's Kitniyot ruling


We are in the process of planning the second-night seder, including pricing it out. It will be a fully catered meal, with wait staff. There also will be children's active participation. Right now, we estimate the cost to be around $75 per person, If you are interested (we are not asking for commitments just yet), please call the office at 201-945-7310.