Congregation Ohav Shalom, Albany NY     (518) 489-4706


March 30-April 7, 2018

Chametz Sale

While the ideal is to consume or destroy your chametz, tradition provides us with a process called mekhirat chametz – the selling of chametz.


According to one official Haggadah registry, over 3,500 editions of the Haggadah exist in the world. Each has its own unique features, such as modified text, commentary, artwork, or translation. Often specific ideological predilections or agendas are woven into the text.

Our advice to you is to try to find the Haggadah version(s) which

  1. make the seder most meaningful to you, your family, and your guests,
  2. retain as much of the traditional text as possible, while utilizing modern translations and commentaries.

Below are three suggested versions:


March 29, 2018
After nightfall
Search for Chametz – Bedikat Chametz
March 30, 2018
6:45 AM

Morning Service, Siyyum and Fast of the Firstborn.

WHAT IS A SIYYUM? There is a tradition that firstborn males fast on the day of Passover eve in gratitude for having been spared during the plague of the firstborn while our ancestors were in Egypt. Some rabbinic authorities require that first born females fast as well. The fast begins at sunrise. The widespread custom is to formally complete the study of a portion of Torah as a way of annulling the fast, since completion of formal Torah study is normally followed by a formal meal. On Friday morning, March 30th, we will hold a siyyum bekhorot, or completion of Torah study in honor of the firstborn. Rabbi Ornstein will complete the study of a portion of traditional Jewish literature. We will begin with morning services at 6:45 a.m., followed by brief Torah study, and a chametz feast prior to beginning the holiday. If you are a firstborn, or if you would like to come with your firstborn son or daughter, we look forward to seeing you at the service that morning.
10:00 AM
Chametz Sale forms deadline. Please make sure to get your forms in on time.
7:11 PM

First Seder Night Candle Lighting
March 31, 2018
9:30 AM

Pesach Morning Services Shabbat and Yom Tov
8:10 PM

Second Seder Candle Lighting from a preexisting flame
Counting of the Omer – Sefirat Ha Omer – begins. At the second Seder, we begin to count the omer, commemorating the counting of a measure of the wheat harvest in the days of the Temple. We continue to count seven weeks, bringing us from Passover to the holiday of Shavuot.












April 1, 2018
9:30 AM

Pesach Morning Services

8:11 PM

End of Yom Tov
April 2-April 5

The Intermediate Days of Passover – days that lie between the first and last days of Pesach – are semiholidays or Chol Ha-Moed. On the Shabbat that falls during the intermediate days, many congregations recite the Song of Songs, Shir ha-Shirim. This lyrical book is seen as a metaphor for the love between God and the people of Israel as well as a celebration of spring and nature.

6:45 AM
Weekday morning services for Chol HaMoed, (intermediate days of Pesach).
April 6, 2018
9:30 AM
Morning Services

No Yom Tov afternoon or evening services





7:09 PM
Candle Lighting from a pre-existing flame

THE 7th and 8th days of Passover are full festival days which have the same sanctity and regulations as the first days. The seventh day, according to tradition, marks the crossing of the Red Sea by the Israelites.












April 7, 2018

The 7th and 8th days of Passover are full festival days which have the same sanctity and regulations as the first days. Yizkor, the memorial prayer for loved ones who have died, is recited on the 8th day. This year, Yizkor will be recited on Saturday, April 7th at approximately 10:30 AM.

9:30 AM

Morning Services
10:30 AM

Yizkor Service (time is approximate)
No Yom Tov afternoon or evening services.

8:18 PM

End of Pesach
Please remember to wait at least one hour after the holiday ends before eating chametz products in your home so that Rabbi Ornstein can buy back all chametz sold on behalf of the community before Passover.












Office Information

The office will close at 2 PM on March 30 and will be closed all day on April 6th.

Please note: To be safe, please refrain from bringing food to the synagogue  or offices during Passover, unless it is a closed pre-packaged, “Kosher for Passover” product.

Office closed
In emergencies only, please contact Rabbi Ornstein, Rabbi Kieval or Nancy Pandolfo, Synagogue Administrator, at home.












For the duration of Passover, please refrain from bringing food to the synagogue unless it is a closed, prepackaged, Kosher for Passover product.

Each year, Congregation Ohav Shalom publishes a Passover Guide, in which Rabbi Ornstein adapts and expands on Michael Strassfeld’s “The Jewish Holidays: A Guide and Commentary,” Harper & Row, 1985.

Our Passover 5778/2018 Guide is available for download here.Passover Guide 5778 -2018

The Seder

The structure of this reliving and retelling is the Seder. The Hebrew word Seder means “order,” and the meal ritual has a very carefully constructed order to it. The Seder includes many rituals, such as eating matzah and maror (the bitter herbs) ,drinking four cups of...

Jewish History: Living in the Past and Present

Passover marks the beginning of the relationship between God and the Jews as a people. Because it is the crucial event that marks the beginning of our sacred history, the Exodus is referred to repeatedly in Jewish liturgy and thought. At Passover, we are commanded to...

Passover: Names and Themes

The name Passover is taken from the Exodus story: During the tenth and ultimate plague inflicted on Pharaoh to break his will, God passed over the Israelites and struck down only the Egyptian firstborn. That night Pharaoh finally agreed to let the Israelites go; and...

Daily Minyanim

Mondays at 6:45 AM
Tuesdays at 7:00 AM
Wednesdays at 7:00 AM
Thursdays at 6:45 AM
Fridays at 7:00 AM
Sundays at 8:30 AM
*Federal Holidays at 8:00 AM

Shabbat Zmanim

Ohav Inclusion Info