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PASSOVER BEGINS
Friday, April 19th! There are three ways to celebrate with Hillel! 

1. Passover Your Way: Sign up by March 30th to host a seder in your home or dorm. UNC Hillel will provide basic seder supplies and a gift card so you can purchase food for dinner.
Passover Your Way FAQs


2. RSVP Here to 
Attend a Seder at UNC Hillel - Please RSVP in advance for one of our Hillel Seders.
- Seders begin at 6:30pm Friday April 19th and Saturday April 20th. 

3. Sign up by March 30th 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 a gift card for 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). 

See Passover Your Way FAQs or email Tamara 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 March 30th at 5pm to be guaranteed food for non-Seder meals.

Kosher for Passover lunch and dinner will be available throughout the week. 

All meals will be served at NC Hillel (210 W. Cameron Ave.). Lunches can be picked up at dinner the evening prior.  

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 Wednesday, March 30th. 

RSVP here to attend Seders at Hillel.

Friday April 26th 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, April 19th. 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, April 19th - Friday April 26th).

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 Tamara 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, April 12th. 

Q: What about the food?
A: Hillel will provide the items for the seder plate but you will have to purchase your own food. We will provide you a gift card to help with meal costs.  

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: 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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