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

AT  FINANCIAL DISTRICT, TRIBECA  AND SOHO

 

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.

            The eleventh annual pre-Passover ritual takes place outdoors in front of the synagogue building at47 Beekman St., near William St., and is open to the public. Children are invited to  join  the ceremony, a colorful and educational rite that engages a child’s interest. Also at the synagogue, the Siyum service for the first-born will take place at 7:45 A.M.

            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.