FROM THE WALL ST. SYNAGOGUE
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT
Rabbi Meyer Hager at (212) 227-7800 Ext. 11, 227-7543
PRE-PASSOVER SYMBOLIC BURNING OF BREADSTUFFS
An outdoor ceremony launching Passover holiday observances will take place Monday, April 18, 2011, at the Wall Street Synagogue as working persons from the Wall Street area join residents of Tribeca and Battery Park City at eve-of-Passover burning of “Chamets” ceremony---or destruction of leavened-grain products---on the street from 8:10 A.M. to 9 A.M.
annual pre-Passover ritual takes place outdoors in front of the synagogue
The symbolic burning of foods, which are banned from use or from being kept on the premises during the Passover holiday, is held each year during a time convenient for the working public. “It represents,” said Rabbi Meyer Hager, “eliminating destructive urges and tendencies.”
Rabbi Hager, leader of the synagogue, will preside at the event and will answer questions about Passover eve preparations, seder arrangements as well as those dealing with the laws and customs of the holiday itself. Information about the “chamets” burning may be obtained by calling 227-7800 Ext. 11. For information about synagogue programs taking place each day of the Passover festival, please call 227-7800 Ext. 10.
The synagogue holds seven services daily, classes and workshops on working days. It conducts services on Sabbaths and Sundays, a Hebrew school for children and a bar-mitzvah school. It is the only Downtown congregation functioning seven days a week.