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Passover This Year

This year, Passover begins at sundown on Friday, April 19, 2019
and ends at sundown on Friday, April 26, 2019
(or at sundown on Saturday, April 27 for those who observe eight days).

Click here for a copy and recording of the Four Questions.



Celebrate the second night of Passover with Hakafa!

Our congregation will be hosting its annual Second-Night Passover Seder on Saturday, April 20 at 6:00 p.m. at the Winnetka Community House (620 Lincoln Ave, Winnetka). Members and their guests are cordially invited to attend this very festive and always memorable event. Expect delicious food, lively music, and wonderful companionship. Scholarships are available.

Click here to make your reservation online
Click here for a downloadable paper reservation form

Please note that reservations are
due by April 5, 2019.



Send a care package to your undergrad at Passover this year!  Volunteer Hakafa members perform the mitzvah of preparing Passover packages (which include items like matzah, candy, snacks, and a letter from Rabbi Elder) each year for our undergrads, reminding them that they are an important part of our Hakafa family and that we are thinking of them.

Just click here to place your order online OR click here for a downloadable paper order form, write a note to your undergrad if you'd like, and send both with $35.00 (checks should be made out to "Congregation Hakafa.") to Karen Berman (1231 Forest Avenue, Wilmette, IL 60091) no later than April 1. Scholarships are available.

If you have any questions, please contact Hakafa member, Karen Berman



Hakafa will again lead a Passover Seder for the residents of Robineau, a CJE SeniorLife Residence at 7550 N. Kostner Avenue in Skokie. The Robineau Seder will begin promptly at 3:30 PM on Saturday, April 20, and volunteers are needed to help lead it with other Hakafa members. We will end in time for anyone who wants to attend the Hakafa seder to do so. The seniors really appreciate our friendship. If you would like to participate and/or if you have any questions, contact Hakafa member, Don Pollak.




Hakafa’s volunteer participation in the mitzvah of Maot Chitim (providing meals to Jewish families in need) is scheduled for Sunday, April 7 from 11:45 AM to 12:45 PM at a warehouse located at 6137 Monroe Court in Morton Grove, in preparation for Passover. Join Hakafa members and others in the Chicago Jewish Community in packing boxes of food and other holiday necessities. Volunteers must be 12 or older and wear close-toed shoes. Please contact Carol Anne Been with questions and/or if you are interested in participating with Hakafa.
In addition, volunteers are invited to deliver packed boxes to area Jewish homes on Sunday morning, April 14. Box pick-up at the warehouse will be between 9:15 and 10:45 AM (sign up for a time slot at this link: Come with your car (especially large cars and vans) and families – and make sure to empty out your trunk! 



On the evening before Passover, it is customary to make a formal search of one's home for any remaining chametz (leavened bread) which is then to be burned in a special fire. This act of burning chametz is called Biyur Chametz. Again this year, we are holding a Hakafa Community Biyur Chametz. Anyone who would like to come and toss into our pit fire a symbolic crumb of bread or two - either one found in your home or extras we will have with us - should join us on Thursday, April 18 anytime between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. at Crow Island Woods Park (1140 Willow Road, Winnetka). Help us prepare for Passover, and bring your chametz to add to the fire!

Location and Parking: Crow Island Woods Park lies directly west of Crow Island School on Willow Road in Winnetka. Parking is available in the center of the park via a gravel road off of Willow Road. A picnic shelter with restrooms and stone fellowship circle/fire pit is located just south of the parking area.



Jewish tradition tells us that four times during the year, in addition to the anniversary of the death of a loved one, we are to recall the memories of those who have died. These four times, known as yizkor (remembrance), coincide with major holidays on the Jewish calendar. The last day of Pesach is a day on which yizkor is recited. Please join us on Friday, April 26 at 10:30 AM at Lakeside Congregation (1221 County Line Road, Highland Park). We will be joined by members of Lakeside Congregation, Congregation Solel, and Congregation Sukkat Shalom. Contact Rabbi Elder with questions.

Fri, December 6 2019 8 Kislev 5780