Passover 5785 will begin at sunset on Saturday, April 12, 2025; we will announce our programming here as we finalize it.  You may find details of our past programs below.

Passover 5784

Pre-Passover 5784

Pre Women’s Seder Art Event
Tapestry of Our History

We gathered for a pre-Seder art project, led by Lolly Jamerson, where we will reflected on the story of Passover and come up with ideas around which part(s) of the story most resonated with each of us.  Then using oil pastels on 9″ x 12″ pieces of drawing paper, we explored these ideas while learning some techniques for blending the pastels and composing the drawing.  The completed drawings will be attached together to create one beautiful piece that compliments our theme this year:  “Tapestry of Our History”.  

Annual Women’s Seder
Wednesday, April 3, 6:00 PM
In-Person ONLY
Goodman Hall

Registration full; email for waitlist

As we prepare for the upcoming Passover holiday, we welcome all members (and their guests) who identify as female for our exciting and creative Women’s Seder, which will take place at Congregation Beth Israel on Wednesday, April 3 from 6:00 PM until the four cups are gone!

Scholarships available; please email to inquire.

As part of CBI and the WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood’s ongoing advocacy for refugees in the Portland community and beyond, we ask that attendees bring diapers and wipes to donate to local organizations and partners in this work

Passover Fair 
with author Eric Kimmel
Sunday, April 14
9:30 AM – 12:15 PM for Pre-K through 7th Grades
12:30 PM -2:30 PM for 8th through 12th Grades
In-Person ONLY
CBI Campus


Beloved children’s author Kimmel (who you may already know from his classic Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins) will be our special guest for our Passover Mishpacha Minyan and Fair during Religious School on Sunday, April 14. He will read from and sign copies of his new graphic novel, Matzah Man to the Rescue!

 Who do you call on Passover Eve when the cat steals the shank bone and everyone forgets the charoset? Matzah Man, of course. He’ll save Passover… all YOU have to do is save the date! 


Copies of Matzah Man are available in the Sisterhood Gift Shop.


Jewish Family and Child Service (JFCS) Seder
Presented by WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood
Tuesday, April 16, 12:00 PM
In-Person ONLY
Goodman Hall

Seder for invited clientele of JFCS; email to volunteer

Sephardic/Ashkenazic:  What’s the Difference?
Thursday, April 18, 1:00 PM
In-Person ONLY
Goodman Kitchen 
$5; register in advance 

Save the date—and come hungry!—for our Adult Education Committee’s and CBI 65+’s tasty upcoming Passover event. Congregant Joanne Treuhaft and Renee Ferrera from Congregation Ahavah Achim, Portland’s Sephardic Synagogue will present a program on Sephardic Judaism. Explore Sephardic history, culture, and Passover foods as we learn and prepare recipes together. Bring a sharp knife, a cutting board, and an apron.  $5 per person. Space is limited so reserve your spot today.

Musical Haggadah
Sunday, April 21, 9:30 AM
In-Person ONLY
Main Sanctuary

Join us for a Musical Haggadah: the telling of the Passover story through song, written and directed by our Artist-in-Residence, Kim Schneiderman. Students in fifth grade and our Oneg! Choir come together to lead us in a modern version of our Exodus story.

Enjoy the show? Check out the full list of songs! 

Burning emotional chametz at the CBI's 2023 Women's Seder

Passover Observances 5784

Erev Passover
CBI Office Closes at 3:00 PM
Monday, April 22

CBI Main Office Closed for Passover (First Day)
Tuesday, April 23

Shabbat Evening Services and Passover Experience
Friday, April 26, 6:00 PM
In-Person and Online (click for link)
Pollin Chapel and Goodman Hall

 Following a brief Shabbat Evening Service, Rabbi Michael Cahana and Cantor Rayna Green lead a conversation about how the continuing conflict in Israel impacts our experience of the Passover Holiday.  In addition to this exploration, the experience will feature music, wine, matzah, and Passover-friendly desserts.

Young Adult Seder
Saturday, April 27, 6:00 PM
In-Person ONLY
Goodman Hall
$18; click to register

Raise a glass (or four) at
Portland’s Young Adult Seder. This musical, interactive Seder experience, led by Congregation Beth Israel’s Cantor Rayna Green, is a great way to connect with Jews in their 20s and 30s across the Portland area while enjoying a light Passover meal. $18/person, age 21 and over. This is a child-free gathering (but we hope to have family friendly events in the future!). 

With deep appreciation to our cosponsors: Jewish Federation of Portland,
Congregation Neveh Shalom, Portland Jewish Connection, Moishe House Pod, and
PDX Hillel

CBI Main Office Closed for Passover (Last Day)
Monday, April 29

Healing Yizkor Service
Monday, April 29, 10:30 AM
In-Person and Online