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Are We Ready to Exit Egypt? Bet Alef Community Seder

With Rabbi Olivier BenHaim
Sunday, March 28th, 6 PM

Dr. Bayo Akomolafe writes: “The times are urgent, we must slow down.”

A year into a global plague, many of us are itching for life to return to normal, ready to rush headlong away from this prolonged Egypt. But are we truly ready to exit? We’ve learned over the years that the plagues of our Passover Haggadah were not directed at the Egyptians, they were for us. We suffered from kotzer ruach, shortness of spirit, as our text says. There was a short, a disconnect in us. The plagues were meant to open us up again to the sense of awe we had lost, to in-spirit (inspire) us, to transform us, re-connect us. Have they?

In these urgent times, come slow down for a night around Rabbi Olivier’s table to explore these questions at our virtual Community Seder via Zoom and online live-streaming. We will be offering ways to connect with other participants via Facebook Live “watch parties” and our Zoom account.

We are looking to make this accessible, free of charge, to anyone who wants to join us, so your RSVP is very helpful in our planning!

If you’d like to host a watch party for friends or family, we would love to have you join us! Send Katie an email at to volunteer to host! 
We are asking people to register online and offer a free-will donation in lieu of charging for this unique Passover experience. We recognize that many are in difficult financial situations. Please register in advance so that we can communicate any necessary details via email before the Seder.

Hosting/Looking for a First Night Seder?

Saturday, March 27th

For those of you hosting a first night Seder at your home, do you have room at your Zoom table for a few online guests? Conversely, are you alone that first night and would like to join someone else’s Seder table?

Let us know either way by contacting us at and we will be happy to match you up.

Passover Seder Dinner To-Go

Orders due by Tuesday, March 23rd at 1 PM

Mangia Bene Catering is once again providing a Passover meal and Seder Plate for purchase and pick-up. Curbside pick-up is available, or you can pop into the kitchen to grab your meal.

Click here to be directed to Mangia Bene’s website for more details and to place your order.

Catered Menu for Pesach Dinner 2021

Each Seder dinner includes:

Matzo ball soup

Choice of entree:

  • Chicken Tagine (GF, DF)
    Organic boneless skinless chicken, caramelized onion,spices, saffron, apricots, plum, raisin, almonds, served with organic basmati rice
  • Nana Gert’s Braised Brisket (GF, DF)
    Caramelized onions, carrots served with roasted new potatoes, horseradish
  • Organic Lentil de Puy Cutlet (Vegetarian)
    Cashew, mushroom, egg, matzoh, served with roasted new potatoes

Choice of side dish:

  • Timbale De Corgettes (GF)
    Organic zucchini, caramelized onion, Sardinian smoked ricotta salata sheep’s milk cheese, egg, milk
  • Organic Carrot/Sweet Potato Tsimmes (GF, DF)
    Honey, onion, cinnamon, dried plum

Organic Mixed Green Salad
Garbanzo, parsley, lemon/tahini dressing (side)

Pesach apple cake with salted caramel sauce (GF)

(Additional Passover or take away items available)