Passover Seder Boulder

Passover PlateYour guide to all things Passover in Boulder County.

Passover 2016: 1st Night Friday, April 22; 2nd Night Saturday, April 23. Passover Ends April 30.
So many fabulous offerings for Passover in Boulder County – community seders, learning, children and teen programming and more. All events are listed by date.

March 31, 2016

10:00 am – noon Passover Cooking with Women of the J
Come, eat, celebrate! In a very Boulder way, Women of the J is holding a Passover Cooking Class. Talk about DIY…we’ll make horseradish, quick pickles, gefilte fish (take that look off your face – it’s going to be so delicious), lemon roast chicken, zucchini roll ups with roasted red peppers, and chocolate ginger macaroons. Yum! Come ready to eat and learn. Location provided upon registration. $50 + canned good to donate to EFFA. Space limited to 12 participants. Register NOW!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

6:00-9:00 pm A Taste of Passover with Women of Har HaSHem
Please check website for location information and to RSVP. Share your favorite Passover recipe and collect some new ones. You will also get a pdf of recipes from all of the participants. Bring your dish to the evening for everyone to try.
7:00-9:00 pm Passover Retold – Special Teaching with Dr. Naomi SS Jacobs at Bonai Shalom
What was the name of the Egyptian who found Moses? Where is there evidence that the Israelites had dogs? How was a Satan-like figure part of the Exodus story? Learn all this and more in a special Passover class in which we read from the Book of Jubilees (more than 2000 years old) in which a special Angel tells Moses the story of his life and what happened in Egypt. Suggested Donation $10-$15.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

7:00-8:30 pm Pre-Passover Workshop with Judaism Your Way at the Boulder JCC
Delve into Passover and the intersections between Jewish and Buddhist tradition with Boulder Judaism Your Way Educator Amy Atkins.

Prince of Egypt Movie Day

Calling all K-2nd graders! Join our Youth Group for a fun movie day in Rabbi Marc’s basement to celebrate Passover. The Prince of Egypt is a 1998 US animated epic musical biblical film and the first traditionally animated film produced and released by DreamWorks Pictures. The film is an adaptation of the Book of Exodus and follows the life of Moses from being a prince of Egypt to his ultimate destiny to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt. We will have nacks and coloring activities available as well. The event is free, RSVP is required. Email to sign up.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

4:00 pm Passover Celebration with Golden West Senior Living Community
Contact Ingrid Swords Volunteer Coordinator with Jewish Family Service 303.415.1025, if you would like to volunteer to set up, clean up, or be a guest volunteer.

10:00 am Making A Seder You Want to Be At with Bonai Shalom
We will revisit some of what makes this night totally predictable, and how we can make it deliciously different. Explore possibilities for enhancing the meaning and engagement at your seder with Rabbinic Intern Hannah Kapnik Ashar. Bring your favorite haggadah. In the Bonai Shalom library or outside by the creek, weather dependent. If you are able, please plan to stay afterward to help kasher Bonai’s kitchen.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

4:30-6:00 pm Passover Cooking at the Boulder JCC
Celebrate the holidays through cooking! Come join us as we create delicious Passover recipes to share with your family and friends! Each child will leave with recipes and special treats. Ages 5-10 years. $18 Guests/$15 BJCC Members. Registration deadline: Thursday, April 14.
4:30 pm Pesach Shelanu at Bonai Shalom
Join us for a special Passover Shelanu for ages 5 and below! Rachel Cole will engage families with an evening of music, stories, crafts, movement and snacks at Bonai Shalom.

Friday, April 22, 2016

11:30 am Community Burning of Chametz behind Bonai Shalom
5:00 pm Har HaShem will be hosting an abbreviated Friday evening Shabbat service, to allow people to attend seder and to say Kaddish.
6:00 pm Longmont Shabbat Group Community Seder
We’d love for you to attend, and you must let us know no later than April 15 so we have enough tables and chairs. Please send an email to or call 303-651-6822. You can find more information about our group at Longmont Shabbat Group.
8:00 pm Boulder County Center for Judaism Seder
$36/adult and $18 child No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

9:30 am Shabbat Services with Hallel at Bonai Shalom
10:00 am Shabbat and Passover services at Har HaShem
5:30 pm Communal Seder at Congregation Nevei Kodesh
All are invited to join Rav Bracha Gershuny and the Nevei Kodesh community for a warm, lively, participatory seder on the second night of Passover. $18 for Nevei Kodesh members; $30 for non-members. Please bring a vegetarian, kosher-for-Passover (no flour, yeast, grain alcohol or vinegar) potluck dish to share. Children are welcome! Contact ASAP to reserve your space. This will sell out!
8:00 pm Second Night Seder at Boulder County Center for Judaism
$36/adult and $18 child No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

10:00 am Second Day Pesach Services at Bonai Shalom
4:00 pm Beth Ami Community Passover Seder at the Boulder JCC, 3800 Kalmia, Boulder
Meaningful Passover seder and delicious food. Beautiful piano music with Lia Davis. Guest presentation by Shelly Boucher about Fair Trade foods and who is affected by our food choices. Activities available for young children. This is a potluck, and we will be asking for setup and cleanup assistance. Suggested donations: $10/member, $25/non-member, under 18 free. Food donations to the pantry at Emergency family Assistance Association will be collected. For more information and to RSVP contact:
4:00 pm Family Seder at Bonai Shalom
This program is geared toward families with children 7 and under who are eager to share a Passover seder experience. Seder will start at 4 pm followed by dinner. Space is limited, so RSVP today by calling the Bonai Shalom office at 303-442-6605.

Monday, April 25, 2016

10:00 am Passover Celebration with Sunrise Assisted Living Community
Contact Ingrid Swords Volunteer Coordinator with Jewish Family Service 303.415.1025, if you would like to volunteer to set up, clean up, or be a guest volunteer.
2:30 pm Passover Celebration with Morning Star Senior Living Community
Contact Ingrid Swords Volunteer Coordinator with Jewish Family Service 303.415.1025, if you would like to volunteer to set up, clean up, or be a guest volunteer.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

7:00 am Thursday Morning Minyan at Bonai Shalom
10:00 am Passover Celebration with The Carillon Senior Living Community
Contact Ingrid Swords Volunteer Coordinator with Jewish Family Service 303.415.1025, if you would like to volunteer to set up, clean up, or be a guest volunteer.
5:30-9:00 pm Queer Seder 2016 at Temple Emanuel in Denver sponsored by JEWISHcolorado
$36 adults/$25 students & teens/$15 ages 4-12/Free children 3 and under. Includes full seder meal, dessert, wine and beverages. Jewish dietary laws observed. Vegetarian and gluten-free options available. Financial assistance available. Reservations and More Information.
7:00 pm Matzah & Movie Night with Moishe House Boulder
Come on over for a DIY Matzah Pizza and movie (tbd). This event is open to young adults 22-30ish. For more information please check out our facebook page or email

Thursday, April 28, 2016

10:00 am Passover Celebration with Frasier Meadows Senior Living Community
Contact Ingrid Swords Volunteer Coordinator with Jewish Family Service 303.415.1025, if you would like to volunteer to set up, clean up, or be a guest volunteer.
3:30 pm Passover Celebration with Boulder Meridian Senior Living Community
Contact Ingrid Swords Volunteer Coordinator with Jewish Family Service 303.415.1025, if you would like to volunteer to set up, clean up, or be a guest volunteer.

Friday, April 29, 2016

9:30 am Seventh Day Pesach Services at Bonai Shalom
6:00 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Services
7:00 pm 8th Night Kirtan at Congregation Nevei Kodesh
The eighth night of Passover is wonderful time for song, joy, prayer, and celebration. As we reach the peak of the festival of freedom, we celebrate with a special Kirtan-style service, weaving together the Friday night Kabbalat Service, the Song of the Sea, Hallel psalms of thanksgiving, and the Song of Songs, some of the greatest love-poetry ever written. This will be a night to remember – and it’s free and open to the public. All texts will be provided in translation and transliteration (English font) in an easy-to-follow handout. Please join us.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

9:30 am Shabbat Services with Yizkor at Bonai Shalom
10:15 am Shabbat and Passover services including Yizkor at Har HaShem
10:30 am Services, Yizkor, and Torah Study at Nevei Kodesh
Shacharit services including a Yizkor memorial service followed by a Kosher-for-Passover style potluck and Torah Study with Rav Bracha.

Resources and Websites to Make Your Home Seder Magical
Har HaShem Gift Shop – for all of your Passover needs
Seder plates, matzah covers, bags of plagues and more. Contact the Har HaShem office to schedule an appointment.
Chametz Sale Form 5776-2016
Check out Hazon’s extensive Passover resources. Discover charoset recipes from around the world, ideas for incorporating social justice values into your seder, activities and rituals to make your Passover more relevant, sustainability tips, a link to the archive of Passover0reated articles published in the Jew and the Carrot, and much more.
DIY Resources from My Jewish Learning
Creating a Memorable Seder by Ron Wolfson
Passover Seder Cheat Sheet prepared by Jewish Treats
Hosting tip: Serve an appetizer during the first part of the seder to keep people from getting cranky before the meal is served. Try this easy appetizer:
1 medium jicama
Juice of one lime
Dash salt
Dash cayenne or adobe chili

Cut jicama into large matchsticks. Arrange on platter. Squeeze lime over jicama then sprinkle salt and chili powder to taste.

If you would like to open your home to seder guests, please contact Michael Rosenzweig, Community Concierge at the Boulder JCC.
Never been to a Passover Seder? Here are a few articles on what to expect:
Blog on what to expect at a seder
Everything you need to know about Passover from Interfaith Family
A Basic Outline of the 14 Steps
For Preschoolers and Toddlers
Tips for Seders with Little Ones from the Founder of G-dcast
What is Chametz? Chometz? Hametz?
It most directly translates to leaven, or food mixed with leaven, which are those foods prohibited on Passover. More specifically, it is any food made from one of the 5 grains prohibited on Passover: wheat, barley, rye, oats, or spelt which has risen (matzah, while made from these, has technically not risen). More esoterically (and according to A Guide for Spiritual Readiness, we can apply the concept fo chametz to ourselves on a more direct level puffiness of self, an inflated personality, an egocentricity that threatens to eclipse the essential personality of the individual.
For more on chametz, check out Rabbi Marc Soloway’s Blog
Part 1 = Story of the Plagues

Part 2 = Conclusion of the Plagues

Floaters or Sinkers?
Do you prefer your matzo balls buoyant and bouncy or dense and delicious? Would you prefer to cut your matzo ball with a spoon or knife and fork? Whichever way you slice it, matzo balls are good food. Check out these tips to get the perfect matzo ball every time, then go to our recipe section for a great matzo ball recipe.
Tips to get a floater:

  • Use carbonated “seltzer” water instead of tap water
  • When rolling the matzo ball, handle as little as possible, just until a ball forms. Or use an ice cream scoop and drop them into soup directly.
  • Mix your ingredients until combined, but don’t overmix
  • Separate your eggs. Whip whites separately and then fold into batter in the end.
  • Add baking powder to your mix.
  • Note: Bring your soup up to a low boil and not a rolling boil, or your floaters will break apart

Tips to get a sinker:

  • Leave the mixture in the fridge longer than the allotted time (a few hours or even overnight)
  • When mixing, “overmix” the ingredients
  • When rolling the matzo ball, roll it in your hands until you have very compact matzo balls
  • Don’t follow any of the floater tips above!
Build Your Own Charoset
Sephardic Style
Nut Free Charoset
2 red apples
2 bananas
2 oranges
1/2 c pitted dates
1/2 c white grape juice
Cinnamon to taste
Chop everything and stir. (prepared by Serene Victor, National Consultant for Synagogue Education)
Matzo Balls
Fun tip for floaters or sinkers: When you are forming matzo balls, put a raisin in the center of one (or two) matzo balls. The person who gets the matzo ball with the raisin will have good luck. (I always do two in case I get the one with the raisin).
Recipe from Real Simple Magazine
3 eggs
1 cup matzoh meal
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 quarts plus 2 tablespoons chicken broth
½ cup cold water
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon white pepper
½ teaspoon garlic powder
Separate 2 eggs and put the egg whites in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Set the yolks aside because you will add them later. Whisk the egg whites until they are light and fluffy.
Crack the last egg and combine with the yolks you set aside. Using a fork, beat together. Gently fold the yolks into your fluffy egg whites.
Add matzoh meal, vegetable oil, 2 tablespoons of chicken broth, water, salt, white pepper, and garlic powder, again folding it carefully into your mixture.
Place bowl in refrigerator for 1 hour, until the mixture is chilled and firm to the touch.
Place 2 quarts chicken broth in a large pot. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
Remove matzoh mixture from the refrigerator. Using your hands, scoop out a small bit of mixture and gently roll it in your hands to form a ball, about 1 inch (2.5 cm) in diameter. (Rinse your hands with cold water if the dough is sticking to your fingers.)
Using a slotted spoon, place matzoh balls into the chicken stock 1 at a time. Reduce heat so mixture is at a low simmer. Cover pot and allow matzoh balls to cook gently for about 45 minutes until they are cooked enough.
Serve your matzoh balls in the broth they were cooked in, or as a substitute for the noodles in chicken noodle soup.
Main Dishes
Poached Salmon Salad with Beets

Passover Granola – a great, easy breakfast

Passover Mac N Cheese

(tons of dairy, loved by children and adults alike) – adapted from
2 c milk
1 1/2 c sour cream
1 (8 oz) package shredded cheddar cheese
3 eggs
3 T butter
1 t salt
1/2 t black pepper
3 c matzo farfel
Optional Add ins for extra flavor and nutrients – any of these individually work, or you can add them all
1 t fresh or dried basil
1 t fresh or dried oregano
1/2 t cayene or a few dashes of hot sauce
1/2 cup chopped fresh tomatoes
1 cup shredded kale
1/2 cup choped mushrooms

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 2 quart casserole dish. Mix all ingredients but the farfel in a large bowl until combined. Add farfel last and pour into dish. Bake until top is lightly browned – 30-40 minutes.

John Stewart and Interfaith Family – Ice Cream Pyramid

Flourless Chocolate Espresso Truffle Cake

Perfect for Gluten-Free Holidays and Passover Adapted from Pie in the Sky Successful Baking at High Altitudes by Susan G. Purdy
Tip: Put a baking pan of just boiled water in the oven to keep it very hot while you prepare the batter. By the time the batter is made, this water will be hot enough to transmit sufficient heat.
Tip: Preheat the oven 25 degrees higher than the baking temperature to get the water bath hot enough. Reduce the heat by 25 degrees as soon as you set the cake pan in the water bath in the oven.
Tip: Oven rack position, temperature and baking time – rack in the lower 1/3 of oven, preheat to 375, bake at 350 for 25-28 minutes
8 oz semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
½ c water
1 c sugar
2 tsp instant espresso powder
½ lb (2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature, cut into pieces
4 large eggs at room temperature
Preheat oven. Put the chocolate in the bowl of a food processor and process for about 1 minute until reduced to a fine powder (leave in food processor). In a small saucepan, stir water, sugar and espresso powder over medium heat until sugar and coffee dissolve. Then bring the mixture to the point where you see little bubbles around the edges and before it reaches a full boil. Remove from heat. With the processor running, slowly pour the hot mixture through the feed tube into the powdered chocolate. Process for about 10 seconds to melt all the chocolate. Scrape down sides and pulse for a few seconds more. With machine running, add the bits of soft butter through the feed tube 2 at a time, letting them melt completely each time (about 20 seconds). When all butter has been added, pulse several times and scrape down. Be sure mixture is completely smooth. Scrape into prepared pan. Carefully place the cake pan in the middle of the roasting pan of preheated water. Turn down the temperature. Bake until the batter no longer sticks to your fingertip when you touch the top of the cake which will have lost its wet look and feel firm or slightly rubbery to the touch. Remove both pans before lifting out the cake pan and setting on a wire rack to cool for 20-30 minutes. When the cake has cooled and begins to pull away from the pans sides. Top the cake with a generous sheet of plastic wrap so that it overhangs the pan by several inches. Top the plastic with a cake disk or flat plate and invert the pan. Cake will slide out. Center a second plate over the cake and invert again to remove plastic wrap. Serve immediately or refrigerate until about 30 minutes before serving.