Passover 2015

Do You Need a Local Seder for Passover?

Please contact Rabbi Lyle Rothman at if you need a local seder for Passover. Hofstra Hillel will arrange to have students who contact us before noon on Tuesday, March 31 invited by local families to the Passover Seder.  Many students will not be on campus this year as Passover coincides with spring break (Friday, April 3 through Saturday, April 11).




Kosher for Passover Food on Campus


Kosher for Passover food will be available on campus during the break. It can be found in the "On the Go" section of the Student Center Café near the cashier. The food will be in microwaveable containers and will be sold for $12.50. If there are any questions or concerns please contact Rabbi Lyle Rothman at





A special Passover resource from Ask Big Questions and the White House

Ask Big Questions has partnered with the White House's It's On Us initiative, aimed at changing the campus culture around sexual assault, to create a special insert for Passover--to be used for discussion during seders.  This attachment contains a series of discussion questions framed around the Big Question: How do we free one another?, building off the Haggadah's mandate to see ourselves as though we, personally, have left Egypt. 

Download the attachment here




Sell Your Chameitz

You can sell your chameitz by clicking on this link, filling out the form and sending it to or hand delivering it to Rabbi Meir Mittleman in the Hofstra Hillel office (Student Center Room 213-A).

When selling your chameitz it is customary to give a monetary donation. Click here to donate!

What is Chameitz and why is it tradition to sell it before Passover?

According to the laws of Passover, one may have no leaven of any kind or products made from Chameitz (wheat, barley, spelt, oats, and rye) in his or her possession during Passover.  (Exodus 12:15-20)   Moreover, one may not own Chameitz or derive benefit from it.

Therefore, observant Jews sell Chameitz to a non-Jewish person for the duration of Passover.  The sale is carried out through a formal, legal bill of sale, called Shtar Mikheera.  This sale is then carried out by a rabbi once the rabbi is given authorization through the Shtar Harshaah, which gives the rabbi Power of Attorney.  The rabbi keeps the authorization, sells the Chameitz to the non-Jewish person, and buys it back on behalf of the original owner at the end of Passover.  The Chameitz is never even physically removed from the premises.  

How do I sell my Chameitz?

  1. Do a complete and thorough cleaning of your house/apartment/residence hall room.
  2. Move all the Chameitz in your possession you want to sell to one or two locations in your residence, preferably in a space that is closed (cabinet, etc.) where it cannot be seen.
  3. Tape that location closed as a reminder not to go into that space during Passover.
  4. Before noon on March 31 you could sell your Chameitz by completing Hofstra Hillel's online form to empower Rabbi Yaacov Lerner via Rabbi Meir Mitelman to do the necessary transactions for the sale of your Chameitz. 




Ma’ot Chitim

There is a custom to give tzedakah (“charity”) before Passover to people who cannot afford the expenses of making a Seder and having kosher for Passover food.  There are many worthy organizations that help poor, elderly Jewish people celebrate Passover.  

If you would like to make a donation toward this cause, following are names and addresses of two of these organizations that provide wonderful services for people who need our help. 

            Project Ezra                                               Dorot

465 Grand Street - 4th Floor                        171 West 85th Street
New York, NY 10002                                    New York, NY 10024                      

Ph: 516.463.6922  •  Fax: 516.463.7439  •  •  213-A Mack Student Center 200 Hofstra University Hempstead, NY 11549

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