Kahal Joseph Congregation

310.474.0559 / webmaster@kahaljoseph.org
10505 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025

Pesah Guide 5784 (2024)


Table of Contents:

  • Message from the President
  • Message from the Rabbi
  • Learn with Rabbi
  • Pesah Melodies with Hazzan Jalali
  • Mitzvot of Passover
  • Passover Haggadah and Seder Guide
  • Passover Recipe for Charoset
  • Passover Video & Kids Activities
  • Passover Food Guide


A Message from the President

During Pesach, the enduring story of Bondage to Freedom, we are taught to use our blessings to be good, to do good, and to bring Light on to darkness.
I’m constantly in awe and proud of our special community at Kahal Joseph that embraces these values.

May this Pesach bring you, health, happiness, and freedom now and enshalla always.  Amen 


A Message from Rabbi Halevy

Chag Sameach!

We celebrate the holiday of our liberation.

Pesach is called “Zman Cheruteinu”-”The time of our freedom”.

A time when the energy and potential for growth are annually renewed.

Our tradition enables us to connect to this energy in an ever-increasing manner, no matter where and when we find ourselves. 

We became a full fledged nation in Egypt. Thus we were completely dependent on and subjugated to the Egyptians in a physical and spiritual sense.

This is why Hashem taking us out was such a special occurrence. It is likened to someone taking gold out of the furnace without any tongs.

We are given powers of spiritual liberation on Pesach and the Seder nights, especially by performing the mitzvot connected to the holiday. Our deeds and intentions constitute a true reenactment of the Spiritual liberation which happened so many years ago. We relive it in an increasingly more powerful way every year.

The order of the Seder and the recitation of the Haggadah are part of the process of integrating this energy into our lives.

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Learn with Rabbi Halevy


Beginning of Pesah

End of Pesah

Learn more with these videos:

Pesach Insights I  & Pesach Insights II


Pesah Melodies with Hazzan Jalali

Pesah Seder – Bread of Oppression

Enjoy more melodies from Hazzan Jalali, click HERE!


Mitzvot of Passover

Selling Hametz

Sunday, April 21st with KJ

If there is hametz one wishes to keep after Pesah, it should be sold before the holiday.


Search for Hametz

Sunday, April 21st after dark

The night before Pesach we do ‘Bedikat Chametz,’ the search for Chametz. We recite the Bracha: Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheynu Melech Haolam asher kideshanu bemitzvotav vetzivanu al biur chametz. We search in all the rooms of the house with a candle or flashlight. 

Last Time to Eat Hametz

Monday, April 22nd by 10:38 AM

The last halakhic time to eat hametz before Pesah is 10:38 AM on Monday, April 22nd. Hametz is defined as food containing one for the five grains (wheat, barley, oats, rye, or spelt) that may have come into contact with water or other leavening agents.

Disposing of the Hametz

Monday, April 22nd by 11:45 AM

We dispose of most of our hametz at by 11:45 AM on Monday, April 22nd.

We can either burn the hametz or take what is left to the trash.

Siyum for Fast of Firstborns

Monday, April 22nd, 7:30 AM

Siyum for Fast of Firstborns begins at 4:54 AM. Firstborn males have the custom of listening to the finishing of a Talmud tractate or partaking in another mitzvah so as not to fast from dawn to dusk. This year, you may attend a Siyuum at Kahal at 7:30 am (following morning prayers at 6:30 am).

Passover Seder Nights

First Seder after dark: Monday, April 22nd, Light Candles by 7:13 pm (if necessary  may be lit after)

Second Seder after dark: Tuesday, April 23rd, Light Candles after 8:11 pm

It is a mitzvah to recite the Haggadah during the Seder with great joy.  We eat matzah and drink four cups of wine (or grape juice for kids) while reclining to the left to show that we have our freedom.  We arrange the Seder Plate with various symbolic foods.  Women recite Shehechiyanu blessing when lighting and saying the blessing over Yom Tov candles on the first nights of Pesach.  It is a great mitzvah to speak of Hashem’s wonders on this night!

First days of Holiday ends Wednesday, April 24th 8:12 pm

Last days of Pesach

Sunday, April 28th light candles 7:18( may be lit afterwards if necessary)

Monday, April 29th,  light candles after 8:16pm

Holiday ends Tuesday, April 30th 8:17pm

Click HERE for an Iraqi Haggadah

Passover Haggadah and Seder Guide

Click HERE for an Iraqi Haggadah

Click HERE for the Library of Congress Haggadah Collection

Click HERE for Pesach Guide by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, z”l

Click HERE to for a Haggadah Companion from aish.

Passover Recipe for Charoset

Iraqi Charoset


3/4 cup Date syrup (Silan) or date molasses

3/4 cup Finely chopped walnuts


  1. Finely chop the walnuts.
  2. In a bowl, combine the date syrup and chopped walnuts.
  3. Mix together the ingredients.
  4. Served at room temperature.

Click HERE for other Charoset Recipes.

Haroset is one of the special foods served as part the Passover Seder. A sweet, sticky spread, often with
a brownish hue, it reminds us of mud used by the Jewish people to make bricks during their
enslavement in Egypt millennia ago. It also tastes pretty amazing. We partake of sweet Haroset and
recite blessings as we remember the forced, harsh labor we endured as we built the pyramids and cities
of Pitom and Ramses. During the Seder, Haroset is eaten shortly before the main meal, heralding its
arrival, which sweetens haroset’s taste even further.

Passover Video & Activities

Coloring Page

Coloring Page 1

Coloring Page 2

Coloring Page 3

Coloring Page 4

Passover Food Guide

2024 Freedom of a Nation Guide from Rabbi Gavriel Cohen

Kahal Joseph Congregation

10505 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025
310.474.0559 / webmaster@kahaljoseph.org