Passover 2019

Passover at BU

Passover falls Friday, April 19–Saturday, April 27, and BU students and community members are invited to join BU Hillel in celebrating! Please see below for the full schedule of events surrounding Passover that will be occurring at BU Hillel and throughout campus. Though seders are free for BU students with BU IDs, we do ask that you please sign up through the links below so we know who is coming.

Please note: BU Hillel will be celebrating our ancestors’ exodus from Egpyt and in keeping with tradition, it is our custom to forgo bread and any leavened foods during the week. As you celebrate with us, please keep this in mind and please respect the no outside food policy in place. The dining hall on our 3rd floor will still be serving delicious meals. You are always welcome at BU Hillel!

For any and all Passover questions, email Rabbi Elie ( or Justin Held (

1st Night Passover

Friday, April 19, 7:15 pm – 5 Seder Options at BU Hillel

FREE to all BU students. Click here to sign-up.

We have 5 options to make Passover your own! Each Seder has a different theme to help us feel liberated, and will be co-led with BU Students and Hillel staff. Since there is no right way to Seder, go with whichever is meaningful and fun for you. Food will be great and it’s all FREE!

All Seders will be Kosher for Passover. Some will follow the traditional format and others will be radically innovative.

  • A Hardened Heart Seder: Is There Room for Hate in Judaism? (Reb Jevin Eagle and Connor Dedrick) – In every generation there is a Pharaoh who oppresses and hates. Join us as we look at the role of hatred in Judaism and the modern world.
  • Traditional Seder: All Four Cups (Rabbi Elie Lehman, Miriam Yifrach and Madeleine Rassaby) – Join for a full haggadah experience, bringing the tradition alive through song, games and conversation. Everyone welcome regardless of previous seder experience.
  • 45-Minute Seder: Just the Highlights (and the food) (Ben Hersch and Jessica Ayer) 
  • Israeli Seder: Kibbutz Style! (Orr Grosman) -Come here for the chill kibbutz vibes and learn how the secular Israelis celebrate community and agriculture.
  • Tikkun Olam Seder (Ethan Sobel, Ruthie Erickson, Levi Golden and Lauren Gruber) – This 1 hour 25 minute experience takes you through scenes and experiences from history through today exploring “freedom.” Join us in a comfy living room setting as we dive deep into issues of oppression and modern day related triumph and victories.

      Click here to signup for the free 1st night Seder that interests you

      Required signup deadline for 1st seder at Hillel: Wednesday, April 17th

      2nd Night Passover

      Saturday, April 20 – Student Hosted Seders Across Campus 

      Here’s your chance to celebrate Passover your way with your friends.

      Host a Seder with your friends! Your seder – your style. There’s no right way to seder. Go with whatever is meaningful and fun for you. Hillel will give you a loaded seder plate, matzah, candles, grape juice and hagadot booklets, as well as reimburse you $15 per student who comes to your seder.

      Sign up here to host a Campus Seder. No experience necessary. Anyone can do it.

      UPDATED Signup deadline to host: Tuesday, April 16th

      Sign up here to be a guest at a Campus Seder.  If you know someone who plans to host you can write in their name otherwise we will match you with a Seder.

      Signup deadline to be a guest: Wednesday, April 17th

      Passover Services

      Keep an eye on the website for details of Passover holiday services taking place at BU Hillel or email Rabbi Elie (

      Kosher for Passover Food in Fresh Fuel, BU Hillel Dining Hall

      Fresh Fuel, BU Kosher dining hall at BU Hillel, will be open and serving Kosher for Passover lunch and dinner meals throughout Passover.

      For information about seder meals, please look above.  To sign up for other yontif meals, please go to the regular online meals signup page here.

      Sale of Chometz

      If it is your custom to ritually dispose of any chometz (i.e., leaven products that are not to be eaten during Passover,) in your possession, please complete this Chometz Sale Authorization by Thursday, April 18th. Please contact Rabbi Elie Lehmann  if you have any questions about this process.

      Passover Resources

      Online Haggadah Suggestions

      Novel Spins of the Traditional Seder


      Guides for a Sustainable Passover


      Local Food Resources