Friday, March 20, 2020
Passover 5780 Update
ערב ש׳׳ק ״החודש הזה לכם״ תש׳׳פ
Dear Anshe Sholom,

The very first mitzvah that was given to the Jewish people (Exodus 12) was the obligation to sanctify the new moon. Even as slaves in Egypt, we were given the gift of being able to mark our own calendar and to partner with God to endow days with special sanctity. Two weeks later, on the first Passover eve, we gathered in our homes, sheltered from destruction outside, and demonstrated our faith in the coming redemption.

From that Passover until this one, we have gathered in both good times and in hard times to celebrate Passover. Come what may, the 15th of Nissan is a day that is set apart. If Passover is a night that is different from all other nights, this Passover is going to be different from all other Passovers.

Many of us have memories of celebrating Passover with large extended and multi-generational families. Many of us have memories of favorite Passover foods and recipes passed down from our grandparents. All of us at ASBI can take pride as well in our community’s long tradition of extending hospitality to one another to ensure that there is a seat at the seder table for all. None of these cherished traditions can be implemented this year as we have done in the past.

It is absolutely crucial that each of us follow the guidance of public-health officials and thereby demonstrate that our mitzvah observance and Jewish identity is rooted in a religious humanism that understands the sanctity of each human life created in God’s image and the grave responsibility to protect and promote human health. 

To be as clear as possible: If, as we have every reason to expect, the current social-distancing guidelines remain in place or if they are strengthened, it will be an halakhic imperative not to share holiday meals with people outside of your household.

ASBI is committed to helping each one of you celebrate Passover under circumstances that none of us could have imagined just weeks ago. Please scroll down to view the available resources to help you prepare, including Seders-To-Go from Zelda’s Catering; guidance about how to have a minimalist Passover at your own home; our updated Laws and Customs of Passover Document, newly edited for 5780; and more. All of this information can also be found at asbi.org/Pesach .

Rabbi Yehuda Aryeh Leib Alter, author of the collection of Hassidic teachings known as Sefat Emet, writes that the obligation on Passover night, that each one of us should see ourselves as though we personally were redeemed from Egypt, reveals to us the potential for freedom and redemption itself. 
.וכפי אמונת האדם כאילו יצא, נתגלה בחינה זו ומרגיש ביציאת מצרים של עתה. ויכול לצאת כל אחד ממיצר שלו

By believing that God took us out of Egypt, he writes, we see the possibility of being freed from the constraints in which we find ourselves today.

With my best wishes for a joyous Pesach,
Rabbi David Wolkenfeld
Place Your Seder-To-Go Order by THIS MONDAY!
We are pleased to be able to offer Seders-To-Go for families and individuals. Seders-To-Go are available for order at asbi.org/form/seder-order. Due to the last-minute nature of this project, order forms must be filled out by this Thursday, March 26, at 12:00 PM (NOON). Late orders cannot be accepted.

If you would like to help cover the cost of Seders-To-Go for our community, sponsorship opportunities are available. Visit asbi.org/donate and select "Seder-To-Go Sponsorship" to participate.
Complete Guide to Passover 5780
Please view our 5780 Passover Laws and Customs document, updated this year to reflect our inability to gather in shul, and including detailed instructions for how to kasher pots and utensils at home in lieu of the Boilathons typically held at shul.
The Minimalist's Guide to Passover & the Seder
We have prepared the following document: “The Minimalist’s Guide to Passover and the Seder”, geared towards individuals who may not have made Passover or the Seder in their homes in the past and are looking to keep it simple.

Individuals participating in our Seder-to-Go order will still find this document useful for thinking about other Yom Tov, Shabbat, and Chol HaMoed meals. 
Sell Your Hametz
Fill out a Sale of Hametz form to authorize Rabbi Wolkenfeld as your agent to sell hametz in your possession.

To complete a Sale of Hametz form online, visit asbi.org/hametz or download a PDF here. Forms must be submitted by 4:00 PM on Tuesday, April 7.

PLEASE NOTE : We encourage you to fill out the online form or send a completed PDF or photo of your completed form to shul@asbi.org - the shul office will be open on a very limited basis and we cannot guarantee we will receive mailed or faxed forms by the deadline.
Virtual Seder Summit
Tuesday, March 24, 8:00 PM
Join Rabbi Wolkenfeld to prepare to run your own Seder.​​

Join via Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/9248979279.
Pesach Q&A with Rabbi Wolkenfeld
Thursday, March 26, 8:00 PM
Need help preparing for Pesach?

Join Rabbi Wolkenfeld via Zoom for a Pesach Q&A at https://zoom.us/j/9248979279.