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Spertus Closed for Passover

Spertus Closed for Passover

Sunday, April 20, 2014 3:00 pm to Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Happy Passover!
Passover this year begins at sundown on Monday, April 14.

Please note: Spertus Institute will be closed for first days of Passover beginning at 3 pm on Monday, April 14, then closed all day Tuesday and Wednesday, April 15 and 16. We will be closed for the final days of Passover beginning at 3 pm on Sunday, April 20, then closed all day Monday and Tuesday, April 21 and 22.

What is Passover?
Here’s a quick explanation, as told by our Distinguished Service Professor and Director of Doctoral Studies Rabbi Dr. Byron L. Sherwin.

Pesah or Passover is celebrated in the spring (usually in April). It a festival of freedom that commemorates the liberation of the people of Israel from Egyptian bondage. On Passover, Jews hold a festive ritual meal at home called the Seder (or “order”). A major purpose of the Seder is pedagogical, to convey traditions about the historical experiences of the Jewish people from one generation to the next.

A special liturgy called the Hagaddah is recited. It tells the story of the Exodus from Egypt and offers praises to God for the miracles that enabled the liberation from slavery. Matzah and other foods are eaten on Passover as symbols of the transition from slavery to freedom. Outside of Israel, Passover is celebrated for eight days; however, in Israel and among Reform Jews outside of Israel, it is celebrated for seven days.

Some Suggestions for Celebrating Passover


First, food.
Spertus Executive Chef Laura Frankel always has new takes on holiday traditions. Here’s a recipe that's a particular favorite of ours, from a cooking class she did a couple of years back, for Olive Oil Chiffon Cake.

Chef Laura Frankel
Spertus Executive Chef Laura Frankel

This year she picked up some ideas at the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Thus inspired, here's her latest dish on delicious recipes for Passover. MORE>

You can also pick up her book Jewish Cooking for all Seasons for recipes for anytime. 

And then some food for thought. 
Here are a few recent essays and articles we enjoyed.

You Are Not a Grown Up Until You 
Host Your First Passover Seder 

By  for Kveller (A Jewish Twist on Parenting)

The Difference Between 
a Sprint and Marathon

Lessons in leadership from the Moses story by Jonathan Saks for t
he Algemeiner

What Passover Means to Young Adults
By Joelle Assaro Berman and Marci Soifer for eJewishPhilanthropy.com

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