Brooklyn’s matzoh bakeries are working overtime in preparation for Passover, producing only the finest shmura matzoh, which celebrates the liberation of the Jewish people from bondage under the Egyptian pharaoh.
What makes this Passover different from all the others for the last 800 years? The Conservative movement has decided to lift its ban on kitniyot, the legumes, rice, and corn have that had been banned by Ashkenazi tradition since the Middle Ages.
Nearly one quarter of Brooklyn is Jewish and nearly every denomination and non-denomination can be found here. That breadth means that community Seders of all kinds have been known to rise up around the borough, so here’s our roundup:
- Park Slope: The Reform Congregation Beth Elohim’s second night Seder promises to be family friendly and full of kosher-style fare. $100 for adults members, $180 for adult non-members. Congregation Beth Elohim, 274 Garfield Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11215
- Ditmas Park: The Community Second Night Seder at Temple Beth Emeth on Saturday, April 23rd at 6:30 p.m. will be led by Rabbi Heidi Hoover and Cantor Nonie Schuster. $60 for adults. Temple Beth Emeth v’Ohr Progressive Shaari Zedek, 83 Marlborough Road, Brooklyn, New York 11226
- Bensonhurst: the Chabad of Bensonhurst is holding Seders for the first and second nights of Passover. $30 for adults, $18 for children. Chabad of Bensonhurst, 8224 23rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11214
- The Edith and Carl Marks Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst will be holding a Seder for the first night of Passover. Marks JCH of Bensonhurst, 7802 Bay Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11214
- Sheepshead Bay: The 1st night it will be at Romanoff Restaurant and the 2nd night will be at Chabad of Sheepshead Bay. Chabad of Sheepshead Bay, 1315 Avenue Y, Brooklyn, NY 11235
- Manhattan Beach: the second Seder will be celebrated at the Conservative Temple Beth El. $50 for adults, $35 for children. 111 West End Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11235
- Boerum Hill: Noah Bermanoff’s trend-setting Mile End will be having a delicious Montreal-style Seder. Mile End Deli, 97 Hoyt St, Brooklyn, NY 11217
The Bensonhurst Bean wishes a good Pesach to you and yours!