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Newsletter 04/04/2012

Congregation Beth Shalom

Happy Pesach!

Weekly News and Updates, April 4, 2012


Passover Community Seder at Beth Shalom, April 6, 7:00 p.m. (14 Nissan)

Michael Sternfeld will be our leader this year. Israel’s favorite son, Shai Perelson will read for us in the Mother Tongue. The angelic Jane Pitt will provide musical accompaniment. And special guests will add inspirational commentary to enrich the experience as we reenact and celebrate our liberation from bondage into freedom.

Juice will be provided with the catered Seder meal. Please feel free to bring a bottle of juice or wine to share with your table.

deadline is past.  For any questions regarding reservations, please
contact Susan Berkowitz at or call 472-9509

Beth Shalom Seder starts at 7:00 p.m. SHARP!

Why is our Seder Different than Other Seders?

Submitted by Robert Rabinoff

In regard to the above article’s final sentence, “Beth Shalom Seder starts at 7:00 p.m. SHARP!,” Bob Rabinoff offered the following insight:

Q: What’s the difference between Fairfield and northern Iowa?

A: In northern Iowa they have Cedar Rapids, in Fairfield we have Rapid Seders!

Chag kosher v’same’ach to all!



Shabbat Candle Lighting Times for Fairfield

Shabbat (candle lighting) begins at 7:21 p.m. on Friday, April 6. Shabbat ends (Havdalah begins) Saturday, 8:22 p.m. in Fairfield.  Remember to light Passover candles BEFORE lighting Shabbat lights.

Passover Tips from Rabbi Blesofsky

Rabbi Avremel Blesofsky and Chabad of Iowa City have a very thorough online array of practical and spiritual knowledge about Pesach.  The main page is:
Below are two of the most used practical instructions for the Passover holiday:

Getting-Rid-of-Chametz Wizard

Chabad of Iowa City has an on-line Wizard to help you prepare your house for Passover.  It’s a 9-step method:

Sell Your Chametz Online