Passover 2020

A Complimentary Meal for Passover

Westchester Jewish Council has generously offered to provide individually-packed frozen meals that are Kosher for Passover. If receiving one of these meals would be helpful to you in your planning for and celebration of Passover, please email Rabbi Isenberg who will help facilitate the delivery.

TIC “Live” Events

While, as a congregation, TIC will continue to refrain from Zoom services on Shabbat and holidays, we look forward to celebrating Pesach together at the following gatherings:

Siyyum Bekhorim (Siyyum for First Borns)
Wednesday, April 8 at 7:30 am
Join us for minyan at 7:30 am followed by a siyyum (completion of learning ceremony) led by members of our community who have recently finished studying major pieces of Jewish text. In the spirit of celebration which is shared by a whole community, first borns who attend are released from the traditional pre-Passover fast:

Early Yizkor Service
Tuesday, April 14 at 8:00 am and 5:00 pm
Since we can’t be together on the eighth day of Pesach, we will hold early Yizkor services during which we’ll share words of reflection and memory, recite the traditional liturgy, and come together in memory of our loved ones now departed: (am), (pm).

TIC Pesach Guide

Click here to access the TIC Pesach Guide.

Resources & Ideas for Hosting a Passover Seder

Click here to read Rabbi Annie Tucker’s guide to hosting a seder.

Click here to read Rabbi Annie Tucker’s thoughts on David Wander’s artwork “The Four Children as Four Books”.

Ma’ot Hittim

Before Passover, it is customary to give Ma’ot Hittim, charity for the Passover needs of the poor. Especially given the significant financial hardships that may now exist in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we urge anyone who is able to be especially generous this year. Some of us might think about the money we will be saving by having smaller seders and donating those funds to this effort. Donations will eventually be made to the New York Board of Rabbis’ Ma’ot Hittim Fund, which serves the entire New York metropolitan area but may be channeled through my Discretionary Fund:

  • Online donations can be made at Please choose “Rabbi Tucker’s Discretionary Fund” under “Select Giving Opportunity.” The Ma’ot Hittim check box will appear under the fund once you choose Rabbi Tucker’s Fund; please check the box.


  • Mail checks payable to “Rabbi Tucker’s Discretionary Fund” to Temple Israel Center, 280 Old Mamaroneck Road, White Plains, NY 10605. Please write “Ma’ot Hittim” in the memo line.

Yom Tov Times for White Plains

The following are the candle-lighting and other times for Passover this year:

Wednesday, April 8 (Erev Passover)
10:20 am – Latest time to eat hametz
11:35 am – Latest time to burn hametz
7:10 pm – First night candle-lighting

Thursday, April 9 (Passover Day 1)
8:11 pm – Second night candle-lighting (transferring from a pre-existing flame)

Friday, April 10 (Passover Day 2)
7:12 pm – Shabbat candle-lighting (transferring from a pre-existing flame)

Tuesday, April 14 (Passover Day 6)
7:14 pm – Candle-lighting

Wednesday, April 15 (Passover Day 7)
8:18 pm – Candle-lighting and lighting of Yizkor candle (transferring from a pre-existing flame)

Thursday, April 16 (Passover Day 8)
8:19 pm – Holiday ends!
9:19 pm – Hametz sold through the Rabbinical Assembly is now returned to you and may be eaten

Passover Music

Click here for a video of Cantors Shoshi and Ethan Levin Goldberg sharing some new music for Passover!

As Passover quickly approaches, one of Hazzan Levin Goldberg’s favorite melodies from the Hallel service can be found here. We hope you enjoy singing along!