PASSOVER BEGINS Friday, March 30th! There are three ways to celebrate with Hillel!
1. Passover Your Way: Sign up by March 2nd to host a seder in your home or dorm. UNC Hillel will provide everything you need to host your own seder with your friends!
Passover Your Way FAQs
2. RSVP Here by March 9th to Attend a Seder at UNC Hillel - Please RSVP in advance for one of our four Hillel Seders.
3. Sign up by March 2nd for UNC Hillel's Passover Meal Plan - Receive Kosher for Passover lunches and dinners.
Passover Your Way
What Hillel provides: We will provide everything for your Seder table from the Haggadot (prayer books for the Seder meal), to the food, wine, plates and utensils, and a training to lead your Seder.
What Seder leaders provide:
You are in charge of providing a space that has room for your guests, picking up the food the day of your Seder, and having an oven to heat the food up in (Hillel can help you find a space and lend you tables and chairs if needed). Leaders are also responsible for volunteering (or recruiting guests to volunteer) for three hours in the weeks leading up to or during Passover to help cook.
See Passover Your Way FAQs or email Lauren for more information about hosting your own Seder.
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Passover Meal Plan
Sign up here for UNC Hillel's Passover Meal Plan by Friday March 2nd at 5pm to be guaranteed food for non-Seder meals.
Kosher for Passover lunch and dinner will be available throughout the week.
On weekends and days classes are not in session (March 31st - April 1st and April 7th) all meals will be served at NC Hillel (210 W. Cameron Ave.). On days classes are in session (April 2nd - 6th) boxed lunches will be available in the FPG Union, Room 2423 (on the main floor, back behind the auditorium) and dinners will be available at Hillel.
Lunch will be available from 12:00pm -1:30pm.
Dinner will be available from 6:00pm - 7:30pm.
We encourage you to purchase a Passover meal plan. Meal plan revenue helps pay just a small fraction of our Passover costs; it is mostly designed to ensure that there is enough food for everyone who needs it. Signing up for the full week means you will get two delicious meals every day (for UNC staff, faculty and students) for $30. You can also sign up for all lunches or all dinners for $18 each. Sign up using the form below. The deadline for signing up for a meal plan is Friday, March 2nd.
Please note: On the evenings of April 10th and April 11th, seder meals will be held at Hillel. No other meals will be served those evenings.
RSVP here to attend Seders at Hillel.
Friday April 6th will be a regular Shabbat dinner (kosher for Passover) and will be free for UNC Students, Faculty and Staff. RSVP on our Shabbat page to join us.
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Passover Your Way FAQs
Q: I’ve never led a seder before. Can I do it?
A: You certainly can! There will be workshops to train all the leaders. All Seder leaders will be required to attend one of these sessions. Contact Rabbi Melissa for more information.
Q: Do I have to lead the seder by myself?
A: Absolutely not! We encourage students to lead in groups of two or three in order to make it a comfortable and collaborative process.
Q: I have plans to be with my family for seder on Friday, March 30th. Can I lead a seder at UNC another night?
A: Yes! Students are invited to lead a seder on any of the nights of Passover (Friday, March 30th - Friday April 6th).
Q: Do I have to lead a “traditional” seder?
A: No, because there is no such thing as a “traditional” seder! While there are traditional elements to the seder, the Passover seder is about mixing it up and making it your own by asking questions, telling stories, and exploring the themes of Passover in new and creative ways that are inspiring to you and your friends. Contact Rabbi Melissa for resources and ideas.
Q: What if I can’t read or speak Hebrew?
A: No problem. You can include as much or as little Hebrew in your seder as you would like, and Hillel will support you in learning what you need for your seder.
Q: By when do I have to commit to leading?
A: Please email Lauren requesting to host a Seder by March 2nd.
Q: How many guests can I have?
A: Each seder should have at least 8 participants, with no more than 25.
Q: Do all my guests have to be Jewish?
A: No. In fact, it’s common in many communities to invite non-Jewish guests to seders.
Q: If I want to make new Jewish friends, can Hillel direct students I don’t know to my seder?
A: Yes. Hillel expects to hear from students who want to attend a seder but haven’t been invited to one, and we hope to be able to place them in seders like yours. If you want to host only your friends, that’s great too.
Q: By when do I have to have my guest list?
A: Hillel needs a list of your guests’ names and email addresses by Friday, March 23rd.
Q: What about the food?
A: You have a choice between preparing the meal yourself and having Hillel provide it for you. Or Hillel can provide some of the food and you can cook some. It’s up to you!
Q: Will the food be kosher for Passover?
A: Not all hosts’ kitchens will be made kosher-for-Passover (a process that involves removing all bread and other leavened items, cleaning or replacing utensils, pots and plates). All food from Hillel’s kitchen will be kosher-for-Passover. If you would like to make your kitchen kosher-for-Passover, Hillel can help you.
Q: What if my guests or I are vegetarians or vegans?
A: Hillel can provide vegetarian food, but will need to know how many vegetarian guests you expect. If you are interested in vegan food or have other specific food requirements (no nuts, gluten free, etc.), please say so on the sign-up sheet (link at the top of the page) or contact Lauren as soon as possible.
Q: I live in a dorm that doesn’t have a great space to host. Can I still lead a seder?
A: Yes. We can look into reserving space in the Union or another student space, or you may be able to hold your seder at Hillel.
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