Chabad plans community seder, “Seders in a Box,” Shmurah matzah available

Passover seder

Chabad Center will hold a Passover seder open to the general community on the first night of the holiday, Monday, April 22. Festivities will begin with services at 7:30 pm, followed by the seder; the services and the seder will be held at the Chabad Center, 420 Murray Hill Rd., Vestal. For more information and seder reservations, contact Chabad at or 607-797-0015.

The seder will include all of the traditional observances, a full-course dinner, handmade shmurah matzah and mystical insights. The haggadah will be read with participation from all present in both Hebrew and English, and the many customs and traditions of the seder will be explained. “Our seder is open to anyone who wants to attend a traditional seder; no previous knowledge or level of observance is required,” explained Rabbi Aaron Slonim, executive director of Chabad. “Be prepared to be welcomed – just as you are – as part of the family.” There is no charge for the seders, but donations to help defray the cost would be appreciated and can be sent to Chabad before or after the holiday. 

“We will be serving a full course, traditional holiday dinner, but I do urge participants to have a bite to eat earlier in the evening to tide them over the ceremonial, opening portion of the seder, which precedes dinner,” added Rivky Slonim.

“Seder in a Box”

For those who are unable to attend and would like to celebrate the holiday with all of the traditions, Chabad will make available a “Seder in a Box.” Interested parties are asked to contact Chabad at or at 607-797-0015 to reserve their box or a box for a friend or relative as soon as possible. The “Seder in a Box” contains matzah, grape juice, a holiday dinner (for one or two) and all of the ceremonial items necessary for a seder. A haggadah will be included as well.

The subsidized cost of the “Seder in a Box” is $54, which includes one dinner; there is a $25 cost for each additional meal. Reservations for attending the Seder in person or for a “Seder in a Box” will be taken until Friday, April 19. 
Community members who wish to assist in this effort can help with delivery, underwrite the cost of a box or two, and/ or help with the cooking of the food and packaging of the boxes. To offer assistance, contact Chabad at 607-797-0015. Checks earmarked for this purpose may be sent to Chabad, 420 Murray Hill Rd., Vestal, NY 13850.

Shmurah matzah

Handmade shmurah matzah will be available for purchase through the Chabad Center for $19 a pound. Three matzahs can be purchased for $10 as long as the supply lasts; interested parties are urged to place their orders as soon as possible. To order shmurah matzah, call the Chabad Center at 607-797-0015.