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Pesach 5778 | Passover 2018

Please read below for our Pesach information including (click to jump):

A Message From Rabbi Chaitovsky

The story is told of a Jewish community living in isolation in Russia where the ruling authorities had prohibited any Jewish observance. But then one year, when spring came, a new ruler was appointed and he told the Jews that they could once again observe all of their rituals. One Jew joyously came home and told this to his wife. And her immediate response was: “Couldn’t the ruler wait until after Pesach?”

Pesach is almost here and all of us are scrambling to get ready. There is chametz to get rid of, kitchens to kasher, houses, cars, clothing, and offices to clean, and lots and lots of shopping to do. Moses’s famous words to Pharaoh, “Let my people go,” ring true for us in a way probably unintended. At this time of year, we are all frantically and frenetically “on the go.”

All the running around aside, Pesach has a definite hold on us. Families join together, often traveling great distances to do so. The ritual meal called the seder, where we retell the story of the liberation of the Hebrews from their bondage in Egypt, is one of the most widely observed Jewish practices. “Bechol dor vador, chayav adam lirot et atzmo ke’ilu hu yatza miMitzrayim - “In every generation, we must see ourselves as having personally walked out of Egypt.” That ancient story is our mater story, which, like a master key, can unlock the deeper meaning of authentic Jewish living and can help us better understand our Jewish identity, no only for the eight days of Pesach, but for every day of the year.

Chametz Sale

Chametz Sale

March 2, 2018

Dear Friends,

Purim is over and Pesach preparations are under way. As most of us know, the Torah prohibits us from not only eating, but also owning, chametz on Pesach. The sale of chametz is a time-honored tradition in Jewish Law enabling us to more easily observe this prohibition.  It is a complicated procedure and it is customary to have a Rabbi familiar with the requirements to handle the sale.

Some of you have sold your chametz through BMH-BJ in previous years, and I encourage everyone to do so.  I am ready – and would be honored - to act as your agent and assist you in this important tradition.

By filling out the form below, you appoint me as your agent to sell your chametz on your behalf.

The form can also be downloaded at, and you may mail the form to my office, email it to, or bring it in to me personally. I would love the opportunity to meet and speak with you and assure you that everything will be handled properly and according to Jewish Law.

Please note that there are many in our community who find it difficult to celebrate Pesach. It is a financial hardship for them. A contribution to my discretionary fund earmarked for Maot Chitim – Passover Food, will make it easier for those in need to have kosher food for Pesach. Your generosity is most appreciated.

Best wishes to you for a Chag Kasher v’Sameach, a joyful and kosher Pesach.


Rabbi Chaitovsky



Because the sale of chametz involves many technicalities, it is customary for the clergy of the congregation to act as the agent for all who wish to sell their chametz. If you own chametz in several places – your regular home, summer home and business, for example – fill in all addresses. Everyone who prepares a home for Pesach should arrange with the clergy to sell their chametz. By signing this convenient Statement of Authorization our clergy uses this power of attorney to sell your chametz. Use the form below to authorize the sale of your chametz. Don’t neglect this critical activity. Please submit your form online, in person to BMH-BJ, or email it to by Wednesday March 21.

Delegation of Power of Attorney – Passover 2018

I, the undersigned, fully empower and permit Rabbi Chaitovsky to act in my place and stead and in my behalf to sell all chametz possessed by me (knowingly or unknowingly) as defined by The Torah and Rabbinic Law (e.g. chametz, doubt of chametz and all kind of chametz mixtures, chametz that tends to harden and to adhere to the inside surface of pans, pots or cooking and usable utensils and all kinds of live animals that have been eating chametz or mixtures thereof,) and to lease all places wherein the chametz owned by me may be found, especially in the premises located at the address(es) below and elsewhere.


Rabbi Chaitovsky has the full right to sell and to lease by transactions, as he deems fit and proper and for such time which he believes necessary in accordance with all detailed terms and detailed forms as explained in the general authorization contracts which have been give this year to Rabbi Chaitovsky to sell the chametz. This general authorization is made a part of this agreement. Also, I hereby give Rabbi Chaitovsky full power and authority to appoint a substitute in his stead with full power to sell and to lease as provided herein. The above given power is in conformity with all Torah, Rabbinical regulations and laws and also in accordance with the laws of the State of Colorado and of the United States.

This box must be checked in order to execute this contract.

By entering my printed name I acknowledge that Electronic signatures have the same legal effect as ink signatures.

Enable everyone in our community to celebrate Passover irrespective of financial circumstances. Your generosity will help us provide at least some of that assistance. Please make your contribution to the BMH-BJ Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund for serving as your agent. Your generosity is appreciated.


Pesach Schedule

Pesach Schedule

Pre-Pesach Programs

Chametz Sale
Sell your Chametz with BMH-BJ by Wednesday, March 21
Fill out the form online at
Download, print, and send in a paper form. Download the form here.

Pesach Kashering
Tuesday, March 27 5:00-7:00pm in Fisher Hall
Kasher your utensils for Pesach at BMH-BJ on Tuesday evening, March 27 in Fisher Hall.

4th Friday Dinner & Speaker
Friday, March 23 @ 7:00pm in Fisher Hall
This month’s Shabbat meal will feature Egyptian cuisine and guest speaker Dr. Seth Ward discussing the Cairo Geniza and Jews in Egypt. Registration will close on Tuesday, March 20 and the dinner will sell out, so please register in advance.

Register online at

Shabbat HaGadol Seminar
Saturday, March 24 @11:30 in the Sanctuary

Enjoy an enhanced Shabbat the week before Pesach as Rabbi Chaitovsky leads a class at the end of services. This interactive opportunity and the kiddush to follow wonderfully lead into the holiday as we celebrate Shabbat HaGadol.
Shabbat HaGadol seminar: “Sticks, Snakes and Dogs, the Keys to Redemption”

Erev Pesach

Thursday, March 29
Bedikat Chametz - Search for Chametz - after Nightfall

Friday, March 30
Fast of the Firstborn/Shacharit - 6:45am (Chapel)
Latest time to EAT chametz - 10:58am
Latest time to BURN/NULIFY chametz - 12:01pm
Mincha/Maariv - 7:00pm (Chapel)
Candle Lighting - 7:02pm
First Seder - after 8:05pm


Shabbat, March 31
First Day Services - 9:00am (Sanctuary) & 9:15am (Chapel)
Mincha/Maariv - 7:00pm
Candle Lighting and Second Seder - 8:05pm

Sunday, April 1
Second Day Services - 9:15am (Chapel)
Mincha/Maariv - 7:15pm (Chapel)
Havdalah - 8:05pm

Chol Hamoed

Monday, April 2 - Wednesday, April 4
Shacharit - 6:20am (Chapel)
Mincha/Maariv - 6:30pm (Chapel)

Thursday, April 5
Shacharit - 6:20am (Chapel)
Mincha/Maariv - 6:30pm (Chapel)
Candle Lighting - 7:08pm


Friday, April 6
Seventh Day Services - 9:15am (Chapel)
Mincha/Maariv - 7:05pm
Candle Lighting - 7:09pm 

Shabbat, April 7
Eighth Day Services - 9:00am (Sanctuary) & 9:15am (Chapel)
Yizkor Service 10:30am (Sanctuary & Chapel)
Mincha/Maariv - 7:05pm
Havdalah - 8:12pm

* Daf Yomi each morning 1 hour prior to Shacharit

BMH-BJ Pesach Guide

Online Resources

Online Resources

For a comprehensive guide on Passover, home preparation, rituals, and food, please refer to:

CRC Passover Guide

OU Guide to Passover

Scroll K Pesach Guide

Star-K Passover Directory

Fri, March 23 2018 7 Nisan 5778