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Pesach 2024 at Kesher Israel

Thank you for visiting Kesher Israel's Pesach Portal for 2024/5784.
Please click the below quick links to access all of the information and resources available for the chag!

Chag Kasher V'Sameach!

Quick Links:

2024 Pesach Halachot and Information Sell Chametz with Rabbi Shafner
Donate Maot Chittim Kosher for Pesach Food in DC
Information on Bi'ur Chametz (Burning) Full Pesach Schedule
Pesach Programming  


Pre-Pesach Food Drive with Capital Kosher Pantry
Sunday, April 7 - Sunday, April 14, 2024

Kesher will be running a Pre-Pesach Food Drive for Capital Kosher Pantry, the area's only Kosher food pantry. As you clean out your chametz and shop for Pesach, consider donating either Kosher for Pesach or chametz items. A box will be available for donations in the shul lobby from Sunday, April 7th through Sunday, April 14th. Please email Miriam Cleeman at with any questions.

Kesher Pre-Pesach Shabbat Dinner
Friday, April 19, 2024 • 8:45 PM - 11:00 PM

Join Kesher for a pre-Pesach Shabbat dinner! Why go through the hassle of cooking before chag when Kesher has you covered? Come enjoy food, wine and friends before the Chag:) Early bird ends April 2nd ($15 for members, $25 for non-members), and registration closes April 15 (regular pricing through this time is $25 for members, $35 for non-members).

Shabbat HaGadol Drasha: "Pour Out Your Wrath Upon the Nations?: Shifoch Chamatcha in Jewish History and Thought"
Shabbat, April 20, 2024 • 6:00 PM

Please join Rabbi Shafner for his Shabbat HaGadol Drasha, "Pour Out Your Wrath Upon the Nations?: Shifoch Chamatcha in Jewish History and Thought" on Shabbat afternoon at 6:00 PM.

Mechirat Chametz (Sale of Chametz)

Rabbi Shafner will be coordinating the sale of chametz for Kesher Israel this year.

All Kesher Israel chametz sales will be conducted online.

Though in other years it may be preferable to appoint Rabbi Shafner in person, your online agency is fully acceptable halachically. Please click here to fill out the online form. That is all that is required.

The online form must be completed by 10:30 AM Monday, April 22nd!  

Please wait an hour after the end of the holiday to use your chametz.  If you have questions, please do not hesitate to be in touch with Rabbi Shafner.  

Maot Chittim

If one is concerned about their ability to afford Pesach foods, please contact Rabbi Shafner for assistance.

Maot Chittim donations can be contributed online or called into the office.

To ensure that funds are available for distribution in time for Chag, please complete by Friday, April 19th.


Bi'ur Chametz (burning of Chametz)

There will be an outdoor burning of chametz at 11:00 AM on Monday, April 22nd in the backyard of the Shafner/Winkelman residence.

Kosher for Passover in DC

Char Bar Passover Catering 
Char Bar is offering Passover Seder and meal catering (delivery in DC is $5). Orders must be placed by Sunday, April 14 at 11:00 am. Click here for info and menu.

Soupergirl will be offering a Passover meal delivery program! 
The Soupergirl menu includes some classics (charoset, tsimmes, and more), along with a full list of delicious soups and desserts. Everything is 100% plant-based (pareve). The site is now live Questions or comments? Email

Buying Wine from Give Back to Kesher

Did you know that will donate 2% of your order to Kesher? Use this link to place your order, or go to after ordering to enter your order number and Kesher's code (526386) under "Earn Cash For Your Charity."

Full Pesach Schedule and Times


Sunday, April 21                                                               8:00 AM Shacharit
  7:35 PM Mincha/Maariv
  After 8:34 PM            Bedikat Chametz
Monday, April 22 7:05 AM Shacharit
Erev Pesach 7:45 AM Siyum (in person and on Zoom at
Ta'anit Bechorot 11:00 AM  Communal Bi'ur Chametz (Rabbinic Residence) 
  10:52 AM Last Time to Eat Chametz
  11:59 PM Last Time to Burn Chametz 
  7:34 PM Candle Lighting 
  7:35 PM Mincha/Maariv
  1:10 AM Chatzot HaLailah
Tuesday, April 23    
1st day of Pesach 10:00 AM Shacharit
  7:35 PM Mincha, followed by Maariv
  8:36 PM Candle Lighting & earliest time to prepare and start 2nd Seder
    Remember to count the Omer!
Wednesday,  April 24    
2nd day of Pesach 10:00 AM Shacharit
  7:35 PM Mincha/Maariv
  8:38 PM  Havdalah
Thursday, April 25 7:00 AM Shacharit 
Chol HaMoed 7:35 PM Mincha/Maariv
Friday, April 26 7:00 AM Shacharit
Chol HaMoed 7:35PM Mincha/Maariv/Kabbalat Shabbat
  7:38 PM Candle Lighting
Shabbat, April 27 7:30 AM Shacharit (with Shir Hashirim)
Chol HaMoed 9:00 AM Shacharit (with Shir Hashirim)
  7:30 PM Mincha
  8:41 PM Havdalah
Sunday, April 28 8:00 AM Shacharit
Erev Chag 7:40 PM Mincha/Maariv
  7:40PM Candle Lighting
Monday, April 29 7:30 AM Shacharit
7th day Pesach 9:00 AM Shacharit
  7:40 PM Mincha
  8:43PM Candle Lighting
Tuesday, April 30 7:30 AM Shacharit (Yizkor)
8th day Pesach 9:00 AM Shacharit 
  7:40 PM Mincha
  8:44 PM Maariv/Havdalah

Pesach Halachot, Reference & Reading Material, and Kashrut Information

Wed, April 17 2024 9 Nisan 5784