Observing Passover in and Around Georgetown
Where to celebrate Passover near Georgetown and where to food shop once the eight days are over.
Passover began Monday night at sundown. Over the next eight days Jewish homes and communities will celebrate the exodus of their forefathers from Egypt thousands of years ago. Georgetown has its own Jewish community at Kesher Israel, though there there are other synagogues throughout D.C. offering services and seder meals.
- Historic Sixth and I Synagogue is offering family-friendly and new-comer Seder meals.
- The National Synagogue will host a First and Second Night Seder.
- Just outside D.C. the Chabad of Bethesda-Chevy Chase is hosting several communal Seders over the next week.
One of the more significant observances of Passover (or Pesach) is the removal of chametz (leaven bread) from homes and the diet of Jewish families. Prior to passover, leaven bread must be either sold, donated or burned so that the observant individual is no longer in possession of it.
Depending on how observant an individual is, after Passover, shopping is limited by the chametz restrictions.
When a distributor to a grocery store or convenience store is Jewish, he or she is considered to be in possession of the chametz and therefore any goods bought would have violated the ban during Passover.
Kesher Israel distributed the below list of locations where it is kosher to purchase leaven bread after Passover ends:
Sam’s Discount Warehouse
Shoppers Food Warehouse