Passover Programs 2023 – when
Passover 2023 (Pesach) starts at sundown on Wednesday, April 5, 2023, and ends at nightfall of the next week, April 13, 2023. Mostly Passover Hotel programs correspond exactly with these dates, which makes sense.
Passover Programs – where would you like to go?
Check out the many options of hotels and resorts offering Passover/ Pesach programs in 2023 throughout our website. We have selected a large variety of event options to suit all requirements of this special year, all budgets, and all levels of Kashrut.
Some of our personal favorite hotels offering Passover programs (granted, this is very subjective, so please check out the full listings page yourself) are listed here:
United States and Canada
The Hilton LA Jolla Torrey Pines Resort in La Jolla (close to San Diego). For those among you who like to play golf, it features an ocean-view golf course.
The Altair Hotel in Miami is another favorite of ours
Nestled beneath the palms in the heart of the flourishing Bay Harbor Islands, The Altair offers a boutique suite of accommodations, hotel services & luxury amenities including a rooftop pool & exquisite kosher dining experience. The Altair promises the very best of what you might expect from a Miami kosher Passover program.
But there are many more hotels offering Passover programs in the US and Canada. In places such as
- Welsey Chapel, Fla
- Callicoon, NY
- Orlando, Fla
- and more
You’re looking for a hotel or resort with a Passover program in Europe?
- United Kingdom
- and more European countries
For those of you wanting to spend Pesach in the Caribbean or in Central America… we have some great hotels and resorts with Passover programs for you. Even in Cuba!
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Passover Program 2023 in style
Passover programs are back stronger than ever. But programs fill up quite fast, as there is a high demand for Passover programs in the United States, Israel, Mexico, Dubai and Europe.
It is nice to have more options for the Passover holiday, isn’t it?
What actually are Passover programs?
Yes, many – if not most – of our readers know the answer to this question. But over the past years, we have been asked this question many times.
For those who have asked and are thinking of leaving their kitchens and chametz to have their first Passover celebration, here is a quick response.
For many people, it’s mainly about food! Many of our Passover programs offer full menus, a 24-hour tearoom, poolside bar and lunch for your day trips. Often, kosher for Passover resorts will use celebrity chefs or caterers to ensure the best food possible.
We have a range of 2023 Passover programs based on your preferences and budget. The cost of most Passover programs reflects the hotels and its amenities.
Choose a Pesach Program to suit your budget, from 5-star resorts and spas to affordable 3-star hotels for those on a budget. Our Pesach programs are for couples, young families, singles, and groups. Passover isn’t a cheap vacation even if you decide to stay at home, so take this into account when looking at Pesach programs.
Passover 2023 ends on the evening of Thursday April 13, and some programs will offer the option to stay after Passover through Shabbat and out on Sunday April 16.
What is Passover?
Pesach commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. Pesach is observed by avoiding chametz (food with leavening agents) and often identified by the Seder that features the retelling of the story of the Exodus as well as drinking four cups of wine, eating matzah and bitter herbs, and lots of other traditions.
As it is quite complex to know and apply all the rules and laws involved in a kosher Pesach, many Jews choose Passover programs in hotel and resorts to celebrate Pesach.
Passover also involves:
- Holiday shopping
- Too much food
- Great family times
Avoid the traditional stress associated with the Passover holiday and make it an unforgettable one in 2023.
On our website you’ll find many different Passover programs to choose from. Leave your kitchen and your chametz at home*, avoid the crowded last-minute shopping and the many hours in the kitchen. Treat yourself to the unforgettable Pesach you deserve.
Enjoy Passover programs that involve sightseeing, pampering yourself at a spa, napping on a beautiful beach, or relaxing by the pool.
Not enough for you? There are Pesach programs that offer skiing, water sports, golf, tennis, a great gym and more. All of our Passover programs offer lots of amenities. It’s up to you to go through them, choose the type of vacation you want and where you want to go. We have the perfect Passover programs for you.
The actual location of the owner of chametz food determines when the prohibition to possess it during Pesach begins and ends.
When traveling, the sale of chametz contract should include chametz back at your home as well as any chametz you might take with you on your way to one of our Passover programs.
If you’re traveling doesn’t take you outside of your home time zone — and you’re not going too far east or west within that zone — selling your chametz presents no particular issue. Feel free to arrange the sale with your local rabbi, with a rabbi at your destination, or even on-line.
If, however, your holiday takes you out of your local time zone, there’s an issue if you sell your chametz through your local rabbi. The prohibition to own chametz begins with the onset of the fifth “seasonal hour“, this is on the day before Passover. It lasts until nightfall of the last day of Passover.
And the physical location of the chametz is actually irrelevant, it is your location, the owner of the chametz, that determines when the prohibition begins and ends.
Therefore, when traveling (far) outside of your local time zone, your local rabbi probably sells your chametz either too late (if you are traveling eastward), or has you buy it back too early (if you are going westward).
If you pick one of our Passover programs that take you far away from home (time-zone wise), sell your chametz through a rabbi located where you will be during Passover. In principle, you can do it on-line, if you arrange for a rabbi in a location in the same time zone as your destination to sell your chametz for you.
Picking one of our Passover programs will make keeping all the halachot (Jewish laws) much easier for you and your family; it’s just important to think of that specific detail in certain cases.
If you know very little about Pesach itself, read on below the last image. Otherwise, enough about mitsvot, halachot and chametz.... time to explore our Passover programs in detail and enjoy a great Pesach.
What do Jews celebrate during Pesach or Passover?
Jewish Easter (Passover) tells the story of the liberation of the Jewish people. It falls in the spring.
After 400 years of slavery, the Jews were delivered from Egypt. Because Pharaoh refused to let the people go, God punished the country with ten plagues. You can read all about it in the Bible book of Exodus.
The tenth plague was God's final judgment. The firstborn of humans and animals were to be killed. Unless there was blood of a lamb smeared on the doorposts. This is commemorated during Jewish Passover.
All Passover programs also include the first and second seder (in Israel only the first seder is celebrated), on the first evening(s) of Passover.
For many Jewish families, this is the largest and most festive dinner of the year. Attendees of the seder meal dress as they would for a formal dinner or special occasion.
At a festively set table, the Haggadah is read. The literal meaning of Haggadah is narrative. It narrates the story of the Jewish people being enslaved by the Egyptian Pharaoh and, more importantly, their liberation from slavery by the hand of God.
The table is full of symbolic foods. To begin with, there are three unleavened loaves of bread. We also know these as matzes. These are there as a reminder that the Israelites left Egypt in such a hurry that they did not have time to let their bread rise.
There are also bitter herbs on the table, often in the form of horseradish. These symbolize the bitter time the slaves had to endure under the Egyptians.
During the meal, the children's attention is held by involving them in the story while narrating. The youngest child asks 4 questions about the special meaning of the meal. This has to do with the oral tradition spoken of in the Torah.
The 4 questions:
- Why do we eat matzes differently on this night than on all other nights?
- Why, unlike all other evenings, are we not sitting upright but leaning on the table?
- Why is this evening different from all other evenings?
- Why tonight, unlike all other nights, do we eat bitter herbs?
The above questions cause the stories of the exodus from Egypt to be told.
In addition, the roasted lamb, unleavened breads, and bitter herbs are taken in turn from the table and the story accompanying the ingredients is explained. Next, the Hallel (praise psalms) are read.
The evening does not end here but is followed by joyful songs and a reward for the children who stayed awake for so long.