Passover Notes

Oregon Kosher Passover announcements

Oregon Kosher will provide the opportunity to members of the community to kasher their vessels for Pesach on April 17 from 5 to 7 pm at the Portland Kollel, 6688 SW Capitol Hwy., Portland.

For more information, contact Oregon Kosher at 503-343-3497 or

Following are guidelines on how to prepare your vessels for kashering and what vessels are eligible for the service.

Cleaning: Items brought in for kashering must be completely clean. All food particles, dirt, grime, etc. must be removed prior to kashering, otherwise the kashering will not be effective. Utensils made of two parts with a joint must be taken apart, and the joint must be cleaned well to be able to kasher.

24 hours: Items brought in for kashering must not have been used within 24 hours of the kashering. Please ensure that they are left unused for 24 hours before bringing them in.

Materials that can be kashered: Wood, stone, bone and all metals (gold, silver, copper, steel, aluminum, etc.). We can kasher plastic, rubber and nylon; however, it should be noted that many halachic authorities hold that these materials cannot be kashered for Pesach.

Materials that cannot be kashered: Glass (including Pyrex, Duralex, etc.), enamel, porcelain, china (earthenware) and Teflon.

Other items Oregon Kosher cannot kasher: Baking trays and pans, BBQ grills, frying pans, a spit, a Shabbos kettle.

Items that do not require kashering: Aluminum pans, new utensils.

Oregon Kosher also announces that Costco will again be stocking Kosher for Passover offerings at its Tigard store, 7850 SW Dartmouth St. Kosher for Passover products include matzah, meats, fish and cheese.

Hillel seders around the state

Students at college campuses across the state will have access to Passover seders thanks to local Hillel programs.

A first night seder for all Portland-area students, community and faculty will be at 6 pm, April 22. The seder will be in Stam Hall (Templeton Building, entrance #4) of Lewis and Clark College. Registration is required. Email Shiran at for the registration link.

University of Oregon and Oregon State University students, faculty and community members are invited to a first night seder at 6:30 pm, April 22. The seder will be in Eugene at Global Scholars Hall (15th and Agate). Email Andy ( for the registration link.

A second night seder for UO students will be 6:30 pm, April 23, at Oregon Hillel (1059 Hilyard St., Eugene). Email Andy ( for the registration link.
OSU students, faculty and community members are invited to a second night seder at 6:30 pm, April 23, at the Westminster House (23rd and Monroe, Corvallis). Email Amanda ( for the registration link.

Passover Seder for families with kids K-5

This family friendly seder is presented by Congregation Shaarie Torah and Portland Jewish Academy at 4:30-6 pm, April 23. Kids and parents will participate together in this special Passover program, Celebrating our Freedom. Guided by PJA teacher Jana Hopfinger and Rabbi Josh Rose, learn about Passover traditions, delve into the Jewish past and talk about its meaning today. Along the way into our Passover journey, you will encounter friends new and old, hear meaningful readings in English and Hebrew, and enjoy song and delicious food.

The family seder will be at Congregation Shaarie Torah, 920 NW 25th Ave., Portland.
Cost is $20 per family. RSVP required at For more information, call 503-226-6131.

Passover for Preschoolers

Portland Jewish Academy and PJ Library host “Passover for Preschoolers: Beasts, bugs and frogs, Oh my!” April 17 from 1 to 2:30 pm.

This free program will be at the Beverly Cleary School, 1915 NE 33rd Ave., Portland.
Space is limited, so reserve a spot at For more information call PJA at 503-244-0126.

More seders
Community seders for adults and families are listed in our April calendar on pages 65-66.

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