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post-pesach shopping information

The following establishments may be patronized after Pesach:

-All Vaad of Riverdale certified businesses

-Other: 7 Eleven, Aldi, Associated, BJ's, Costco, CVS, D'Agostino's, Duane Reade, Dunkin' Donuts Skyview, Fairway, Food Emporium, Fresh Direct*, Garden Gourmet, Gristedes, Key Food 235th St.*, Key Food Skyview, Peapod, Rite-Aid, Riverdale Farms, Target, Trader Joe's, Walgreen's, Walmart, Whole Foods

*There is a source of debate on these since these stores are Jewishly owned, sold their chametz, and remained open selling chametz on Pesach: while some poskim accepted this, others were strict to wait until stock rotation (one week for breads, two weeks for other chametz products).

**I do not feel one should be strict on this this year unless one has an equally viable way to get the hametz products one needs to purchase. (Rav Steven)**

Pesach 2020

Sale of Chametz

Sell your Chametz online: 

If it is easier you can print a paper form and mail it to the office or
scan it/email it to  (click here to download). 
If you send the form by mail please do so before April 1st.

Maot Chittim

Many of our fellow Jews need some extra food assistance for Passover. Visit to donate online via credit card or e-check. Checks can be mailed to the office, but with staff working remotely, electronic payments are helpful.

A Seder Supplement By Rav Avi

Click here for Rav Avi's Seder Supplement. 


pre-pesach classes 

Monday - Thursday • March 23-26
7:45pm - 8:45pm (all Classes)

Monday 3/23 • Rabba Sara
My Pesach Plans were Canceled. This Stinks. A Space to talk. 

Not Recorded

Tuesday 3/24 • Rav Steven
Which Foods can I buy for Pesach? 


Wednesday 3/25 • Rav Ezra
How do I kasher my Kitchen and Keilim for Pesach?

Thursday 3/26 • Richard Langer
Organizing & Preparing for Pesach - Lists, Logistics and Planning.

Recording, slide deck and list template at


All Pre-Pesach classes online at:

SUNDAY • March 29 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Rabbanit Bracha (Conversion Class)
FOJ: Bring All Your Pesach & Seder Questions!

Monday - Thursday • March 30 - April 2
7:45pm - 8:45pm

Monday 3/30 • Rav Avi
A Seder Supplement in the Age of Coronavirus

Tuesday 3/31 • Rabbi Jeff Fox
Hagalat Keilim Live Demonstration 

Wednesday 4/1 • Rabbi Dov Linzer
Yom Tov & Shabbat in Isolation & Distancing: Safety, Electricity & Halacha

Thursday 4/2 • Rabbanit Bracha Jaffe
A Seder Run-through: Running your first? Flying Solo? Looking for new ideas? 

All Pre-Pesach classes online at:

Saturday Night • March 28 • 8:45PM

Zooming To Pesach
Community-wide Melave Malka  • Including insights from Riverdale community leaders.

In formation: HIR, RJC, TRM, Kehillah, YIOZ, CSAIR, Temple, Chabad, Congregation Tehillah


Saturday Night • April 4 • 8:45PM

Motzaei Shabbat HaGadol Derasha  • Rav Steven

A Night of Guarding: Spiritual Preparation to Encounter this Extraordinary Pesach

In Riverdale, we are acutely aware that for many in our community this Pesach brings some unique challenges. We recognize that each household is being affected differently by the current crisis. Some of us remain financially secure, but need help with the logistics of holiday preparation and meals, while some of us are struggling to meet our day to day financial obligations and cannot afford the cost of holiday meals.

Thanks to generous sponsors across the Riverdale community we are able to offer pre-made Seder and Yom Tov meals for everyone in our community on a "pay what you can" basis. Participation by anyone in need, regardless of ability to pay is encouraged. Any support you do give, however modest, enables us offer this service to as many people as possible.  How much each person pays or does not pay will be kept strictly confidential. For reference, each meal costs us about $25 per person, per meal to purchase.


Pesach FAQ 

Click here for frequently asked questions.
We will update this document periodically.

First Pesach Pro-Tips

"Its my first Pesach Whatsapp Group" - Facilitated by Laura Shaw Frank

Click here for a quick-and-easy Kosher for Pesach meal prep guide with minimal additional ingredients

Bayit Pesach Rabbinic Q's 

pesach Halakhic Resources

Click here for the cRc Halachick Guide for Clearning and Kashering for Pesach • By Rav Ezra

Click here for Laws of Bedika, Biur, and Bitul Chametz.

Click here for OU Guide for Passover is online or visit

Click here for in depth sources on kitniyot, and lists of products that do and don't need Kosher for Passover certification  • By Rav Steven

Click here for a list of mouthwashes and toothpastes that are kosher for Passover.

coronavirus related updates

Free Pesach Seders: Due to the emergency measures to combat the Covid-19 crisis, the Bayit will not be able to host the Seders this year. We are working on alternate plans. Please check back soon.

Kosher For Passover Food Drive: currently suspending the food drive.

Book of remembrance

We are in the process of putting together our annual Book of Remembrance for 2020-2021/ Register online @

Mon, May 25 2020 2 Sivan 5780