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Passover 2020

Passover 2020


April 7, 2020 - April 16, 2020    
All Day


Ohav Shalom
113 New Krumkill Road, Albany, NY, 12208

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Dear Ohav community, 

We enter this Passover in the strange situation of celebrating freedom while confined in our homes. But although we are physically apart, we are connected in spirit and are grateful for the strength of our community.  

The Passover seder directs us to be creative and thoughtful as we tell stories of oppression and liberation, and turn our hopes to a world that is redeemed and whole, the world of Elijah.  This is a time to remember the power of kindness,of chesed, to behave towards one another, and towards ourselves, with patience and love. 

While we will be mostly “offline” for the Yom Tov days of Passover and for Shabbat, please know that your rabbis are always available by telephone if you are facing an emergency or feel a need to speak with us. Our contact information can be found on our respective voice mails by calling the Ohav office 518-489-4706. 

In this season of renewal, may you and your loved ones be healthy and whole, in body and in spirit, and may you enjoy a safe, sweet and meaningful Pesach. Chag Sameach  



Please see all the links for YouTube videos
by both rabbis, as well as our talented educators,
for Passover prayers, songs, and stories for adults and kids!

Join us…

Rabbi Ornstein ~ Hallel service for Yom Tov and Shabbat/Yom Tov mornings. watch here
Rabbi Kieval ~Passover Torah Thoughts and Chanting 1:
When Can We Sing? Song of the Sea watch here
Rabbi Kieval ~ Passover Torah Thoughts and Chanting 2:
Spring and Hope  watch here
Rabbi Kieval ~ Torah Study: In a Narrow Place watch here
Rabbi Kieval ~ “Seder Songs” watch here
Rabbi Ornstein ~ pre-recorded The Yizkor (memorial) service watch here

2019/5780 Yizkor Book

As the celebration of Passover continues, it is customary to say Yizkor on the eighth day of Passover, April 16. Rabbi Rena will be leading a live Yizkor service at 11am.

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Passover Seder

If you are hosting a seder for the first time and would like an overview of the seder, or to review selected melodies, check out Rabbi Kieval’s “Seder Songs” here
This recording uses an abbreviated Haggadah created by
Rabbi Rena for this year’s circumstances, which may also be useful to those who have no Haggadah at home, or those who are in need of a uniform Haggadah to share with others for an online seder.
A PDF of the Ohav Haggadah can be downloaded here 
                      Ohav Shalom Passover guide: Click here

Passover Videos for Children and their Grownups

Pesach Songs with Bracha – watch here 
Pesach craft with Bracha: watch here 
Kulanu Ohav Jr Pesach with Dan Scher watch here
Passover Stories with Rabbi Dan watch here


For Passover reading and study

Archive of sermons by Rabbi Kieval and Rabbi Ornstein 
Rabbi Rena Kieval~Pesach Yizkor 2019 New Song 
Rabbi Rena Kieval~ Passover Hide and Seek
Rabbi Rena Kieval~ Exodus Women and Kings
Rabbi Dan Ornstein~ I am That I am
Rabbi Dan Ornstein~ Freedom and the Name
Rabbi Dan Ornstein~ Awake Before Passover
Rabbi Dan Ornstein~ Angry Hametz-Pesakh-Yizkor  
Rabbi Dan Ornstein~  Hametz-And-My-Aliyah-Problem    
Rabbi Dan Ornstein~ Leaven and Life 
Please know that all of you are in our thoughts during this challenging time, and that we are available to talk or to provide support in whatever ways we can. Please contact either Rabbi Dan or Rabbi Rena through email or call Ohav for our voicemail and phone information (518-489-4706)  if there is something we can do to help. 
We wish everyone a happy, healthy and meaningful Passover and look forward to staying connected with you and your family (on line)!
Rabbi Rena Kieval and Rabbi Dan Ornstein

Shabbat Services

Welcoming Shabbat:
Friday evening at 6 pm,   Join Zoom Live
Bringing in Shabbat with Rabbi Rena  PreRecorded watch here
Shabbat Morning PreRecordings
March 28 Rabbi Dan Sermon – watch here
March 28 Rabbi Rena- Sermon watch here
March 28 Rabbi Rena Service watch here
March 21 Rabbi Dan Service watch here 

Minyan Services

Morning Minyan Monday to Friday 7AM-8AM  Join Live on Zoom
Sunday Morning Minyan 8:30-9:30AM  Join Live on Zoom
Recommended internet resources for planning a seder. which helps match hosts and guests, and also includes seder resources. offers a wide range of haggadah texts, readings and activities for all types of sedarim.
HaggadahRUs is offering their excellent haggadot for download this year.