Wesleyan Passover 2017


From Slavery to Freedom - Otto Geismar, 1927

Passover this year begins on the evening of Monday, April 10th and ends on the evening of Tuesday, April 18th (Monday 4/17 in the Reform tradition). 

What You Need to Know about Pesach at Wesleyan:

1.  Passover as Resistance Workshop Monday April 3rd

2. Seder I: Monday April 10  (How to sign up and volunteer) 

3. Seder II: Tuesday April 11

4. Seder II: Tuesday April 11: Seder To Go

5. Meals During Passover (and special rates at Usdan)

6. Schmooze with the Jews: April 13

7. All Campus BBQ Lunch: April 14 

8. Shabbat Dinner April 14 th

9. Help/Volunteers Needed

10. Passover at Weshop

11. So what is Passover Anyway? Cool Passover Websites


1.  Passover as Resistance Workshop Monday 4/3

"Thinking about #JewishResistance? Reflecting on what you can do in this political climate? Wondering how to act in a meaningful way during Passover?


 All religions, religious affilaiations, experiences, and narratives welcome. Basically anyone is invited, how fun!

 Hosted and facilitatied by members of the Wesleyan Jewish Community. And yes, Mondo pizza will be served, so you know it's going to be fun."

5pm at ORSL Lounge 169 High St. Enjoy extra leavened Pizza from Mondo's .

2. Passover Seder I

Monday April 10,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 April 7th  (by Noon).

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

To RSVP, email Anna Denton (adenton@wesleyan.edu)
The email must include: your name, WES ID #, and whether you’re paying with points or with cash.

If you are in need of gluten-free Passover food for this meal, please be in touch with Rabbi David by March 27th.

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.

3. Passover Seder II: Seders-To-Go

For the second Seder, on Tuesdday, April 11 we will once again offer “Seders-to-Go”.  You choose your friends and the location, we’ll supply the food, matza, grape juice, Seder plate, and the Haggadot (Passover Manual), all available at Shalom Salaam/ “Kosher”.

If you would like to do this, RSVP to adenton@wesleyan.edu by April 7th. 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 Tuesday April 11th from 5-6 pm.  Each person has to pick up their own meal.

4. Passover Second Seder 4/11

Join the Wes Habonim Squad for a fun, hip seconf night seder! There will be free food (thanks bon app!), meaningful conversations, and the usual seder shenanigans. We'll be doing a mostly classic seder with some extra reflection and conversations to help us process the world that is happening around us. It's gonna be fun, it's gonna be funky, it's gonna be a night of learning and eating and liberation and no chametz whatsoever!!! 

All food is kosher l'pesach, and there will be veggie options! Please RSVP to the Facebook event so we can get an accurate head count.


Bayit, 6pm

5. Meals During Passover:

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.  It will be open for lunch and dinner, starting with lunch on the 11th and ending with dinner on the 18th.   

Passover Meals at Usdan  

For every Kosher for Passover meal you will eat at Usdan, there will be a $1 surcharge. The individual single ticket will be available for purchase from April 10th until April 18th. For more information or to ask questions, please email John at jkehoe@wesleyan.edu.

Also, the Bayit, located at 157 Church Street, will have a kosher kitchen that will be kashered for Passover.  Feel free to use it!

For more info contact: Rabbi David at dleipziger@wesleyan.edu

6. Schmooze with the Jews: April 13

Attn Class of 2021 admitted students: Come hang out at the Bayit and meet members of the Jewish community. 157 Church St 9pm

7. All Campus BBQ Lunch: April 14 

Enjoy yummy Kosher for Passover food on Foss Hill at this annual event.

7.Shabbat Dinner, Friday April 14th 

On Friday, April 14th, join us for a special Shabbat dinner at the Bayit. Services 5:00pm followed by Shabbat Dinner at 6:30pm.  All are welcome!


8. Help/Volunteers Needed

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


9. Passover at Weshop

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


10. Cool Passover Websites