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Pesach Instructions Specific for COVID Isolation

  1. Seder on your own

    1. Here is a good link to a Passover Seder Cheat sheet for those running a seder on their own for the first time.

    2. Here is a link to a Printable Haggadah if you don’t have your own Haggadah.

    3. A Seder plate can be ordered from a local store Olive and WIld and can be shiped to your home in time for Pesach (They are members of the Shul as well).

    4. We will be hosting a pre-seder sing-in/ learn-in to allow for us to feel a sense of being together. This will take place at 6:30-7:30 pm on april the 8th.


  1. Pesach food.

    1. If you cannot access Kosher for passover food. Please be in contact with our office or either of the Rabbis who will assist in this regard.

    2. Eggs and Milk: The long accepted custom for Passover is to buy eggs and milk before Passover begins for use on Passover. It can be quite a challenge in the current grocery environment to amass enough eggs or milk. Therefore Rabbis across the world suggest that this, otherwise important practice, can be suspended in cases of need during the management of the contagion. (For this circumstance only).

  2. Pesach Cleaning


There is a difference between a house which is kosher for Passover and a Pesadika house. Differently said the Rabbis’ standard is actually less stringent than the Bubes’ standards. This guideline is meant to delineate the minimum standard and not to minimize the holy customs of our grandparents of old.


  1. In areas that will not come into contact with food on Pesach, these are the thing we are looking for:

    1. Any Chametz is an issue if it is the size of an olive or bigger (about the size of a small matchbox) .

    2. Chametz lesser size is only an issue if you may be tempted to eat it, e.g. a peanut m&m.

    3. Therefore crumbs are no issue at all, and you should not be looking for them when Pesach cleaning!

    4. Consequently, any area in the house where you don’t prepare or eat food on Pesach, you just need to do a quick check for significant Chametz.

    5. Furniture that is not normally moved and uncovered under normally daily activity, you do not need to move it to check under/behind it.

Therefore, the following do not need to be moved:

  1. Beds

  2. Fridges

  3. Freezers

  4. If unsure whether it is normally moved, spray any cleaning solution underneath it so that if there is anything there, it will now be inedible.

vi. Bedrooms

  1. Look over the floor, window sill and beds for big pieces of Chametz.

  2. Same for the cupboards

  3. if this only takes 5 minutes, that makes sense!


  1. Bathrooms: Same as above, they should not need to be cleaned of Hametz.


viii. Living room/Play areas, same as above again!

ix. Toys – select the toys that will be used on Pesach, ensure that they are clean and put the rest away to sell. Lego and other such toys, give them a bath with soap for a few minutes or put them through the dishwasher.


x. Coats and Bags, check pockets and cotents for Hametz lareger than a match book. You can also dispose of those old candies.

- Check kids school bags as above

xi. Laundry you’re absolutely fine.


B. Areas if high chametz traffic: Because the Dining room and the kitchen are areas in which food are prepared and eaten the Halachos change and we are looking even smaller than a K’Zayis of Chametz.

i.Dining room : Clean the table with the appropriate spray and cover.

Ensure all areas where Chometz are stored or trafficked,( e.g. liquor cabinet, utensil drawers) are either checked for Chametz or sealed and sold along with your other Chametz.

  1. Koshering Utensils

    1. The general rules of koshering your kitchen remain the same as previous years (link to Passover primer)

Points of note

  1. Hot water kettles, urns and other utensils used only for hot water , or regular coffee (excluding decaff) that are only used without any contact with Chametz, may be used without koshering them for passover. If there is the slightest worry about splash back from Chametz at some odd time or other, run hot water through tap and pour hot water over potentially affected surfaces
    1. Oven racks-should be cleaned with easy off or put through a self clean cycle (if your oven has that capability). In the absence of Easy-off one may clean the rack so that no dirt can be felt to the touch, heat the oven the highest temp (typically 550 F) , and cover them.
    2. Toveling New Dishes

In order to maintain the best containment of the virus we will be instructing those who have purchased new dishes to forgo immersing them in the Mikveh. One may use Jericho Beach or any other access point to the Burrard Inlet or False Creek subject to provincial allowance. Another option should oceanside access be restricted is to officially declare them ownerless in front of three people who are kosher Halachic witnesses. Should a lock down or other prohibition against accessing these spaces come about we will give opportunity for this at the end of the daily learning sessions (8am, 7:30pm). Please see the language of Rabbi Hershel Shechte for this procedure listed in the appendix. (Apendix II)


  1. Other challenges that arise from store closings, social isolation protocols etc Specific questions or areas where you are finding it challenging please call the rabbis

    1. Selling Chametz- Given the need for social distancing, there will be no in-person interaction between the Rabbi and the congregants for the sale of Chametz. A power of attorney document will be emailed and accessible on the website. This document appoints the Rabbi as your agent to sell your chametz to the gentile.

    2. Fast of the First Born: We will be holding a virtual siyum, or completion of a tractate of Talmud. You will need to bring your own food. I would suggest a kosher, bagel or other sort of bread that one can complete finish at the end of the meal. A shot of whiskey can be added for good measure. This will take place at 8:30 am on the morning of April 8th. Here is the link

  2. Seder Buddies Quarantine/Seder

    1. It may be possible for two individuals who are healthy, and otherwise facing a seder alone to form 2 person seder companion system under the following conditions

      1. Recognizing that this recommendation could be reversed at any moment based on medical advice. We will attempt to update the community on this matter.

      2. The same two individuals should buddy up on both nights.

      3. The two need to be healthy, free of contact with anyone else suspected to have the virus.

    2. Lets hope the situation is more under control when a second Passover like opportunity comes around. On the often forgotten holiday of Pesach Sheni/ Second Passover. Thursday May 7th, we can hold such a Seder at Schara Tzedeck and we can even serve bagels!! --May Hashem grant us this novel opportunity.

  3. Yizkor. Please print the attached PDF of Yizkor (Appendix III) , which we have taken from our prayer books for your use in this year of trouble. A separate prayer (pp 472-473) is recited for every relative (e.g. one for parent, one for grandmother etc) and one may also add the Kel Maleh Rachamim on 474 as per the instructions on the page itself. One may also include a prayer for the Martyrs of IDF and the Shoah (pp 474,5 and 476,7 respectively). We will ask Cantor Orzech to recite the special Memorial prayers for the members of Schara Tzedeck and Chevra Kaddishah as per our custom.

  4. Kaddish

    1. In observance of the yahrtzeit, light a candle, recite a Kel Maleh Rachamim, say Tehillim 16 (Michtam L’David) and learn Mishna.

    2. There is also a text which was developed centuries ago called Kaddish D’Yachid-- Kaddish for those who must remain in isolation. This does not replace Kaddish in ordinary circumstances, and is not even a replacement for the study of Torah that we have been recommending. It is, however, an opportunity to preserve the recitation of Kaddish. The central mechanism that it employs is to use the words of kaddish as found in other rabbinic texts. Thus it is much longer than kaddish but does include all of the words of Kaddish (See text in the Appendix IV section.


  1. Electronic contact with a person of highly compromised emotional or mental health status: If you know of an individual that is suffereing from extreme loneliness and there is fear of health deterioration including, but not limited to, suicide, or loss of immune capabilities, there are leniencies afforded for using electronic means of communication. One may even be obligated to call depending on the health scenario. Please do not engage in such activities without speaking to one of the Rabbis.

  2. Tefillah/ prayer during Pesach: One of the challenges about davening at home without a minyan is that besides for missing kaddish, kedusha, and the Chazaras Hashatz, we also sometimes forget what to say and what not to say. The following are some important pointers:

    1. Approximate times for the entire Pesach: Sunrise: between 6:15-6:30 am, latest Shema: 9:45 am, latest time for Shacharit: 11:00 am, Mincha anytime between 1:40 and 7:40

    2. Wednesday and Thursday night, April 8th and 9th:

      1. Maariv after 8 pm- Maariv for Shabbat and Yom Tov with Shmoneh Esreh for Yom Tov (insertions for Pesach)

      2. Some have the practice of reciting Hallel following Maariv before the Seder. Some are of the opinion that this applies even when one is not with a minyan, while others are of the opinion that it does not apply when one is not with a minyan.

    3. Thursday and Friday day, April 9th and 10th:

      1. Shacharit for shabbat and Yom Tov with Shmoneh Esreh for Yom Tov followed by full Hallel

      2. While there is no obligation to hear the Torah reading when one is alone, it is recommended to read it alone

      3. There is no Av Harachamim or Yekum Perkan. Musaf for Yom Tov is recited

        1. Mashiv Haruach is no longer recited from Musaf of the first day of Pesach

      4. Mincha with Yom Tov Shmoneh Esreh following into Shabbat Maariv. We do not recite the beginning of Kabbalat Shabbat as we are entering into Shabbat from Yom Tov. We start from Mizmor shir liyom Hashabat and continue with Mariv for Shabbat. Shemoneh Esreh is the Shabbat Shmoneh Esreh with the insertion of Ya’aleh V’yavo for Pesach

    4. Shabbat, first day of chol hamoed, April 11th:

      1. Shacharit for Shabbat with the insertion of Ya’aleh V’yavo, half Hallel, Torah reading special for Shabbat on Pesach

      2. There is a custom to read Shir Hashirim on this Shabbat

      3. Musaf for Pesach with insertions for Shabbat

    5. Chol Hamoed, April 12th-14th:

      1. Shacharit for the weekday with Ya’aleh V’yavo followed by half Hallel

        1. Veten Tal Umatar is no longer said in Shmoneh Esreh

      2. Torah reading and Musaf for Pesach

    6. Tuesday and Wednesday night, April 14th and 15th:

      1. Maariv for Shabbat and Yom Tov with Shmoneh Esreh for Yom Tov (insertions for Pesach)

    7. Wednesday and Thursday, April 15th and 16th:

      1. Shacharit for shabbat and Yom Tov with Shmoneh Esreh for Yom Tov followed by half Hallel

      2. While there is no obligation to hear the Torah reading when one is alone, it is recommended to read it alone

      3. There is no Av Harachamim or Yekum Perkan. Musaf for Yom Tov is recited

      4. Mincha with Yom Tov Shmoneh Esreh following into weekday Ma’ariv and Havdallah


  1. Perhaps recommended Torah articles/reading over the holiday. Also- perhaps mention the various classes on zoom that are focused on Pesach- the mock seder, the kids seder ect.


Wed, 27 May 2020 4 Sivan 5780