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Passover Plans

Passover’s coming up in mid-April, and here’s some help for those of you making your preparations now. First, an orthodox group has put out a new guide to kosher food for Passover. It seems easy to navigate, and you can download the guide and bring it to the grocery store with you. You can also order a glossy guide for $3, though I’m not sure it’ll be shipped to you in time for Passover shopping. Check out the guide at

Also, for those of you who don’t want to stick around for your Passover pleasures, Matzafun offers a Passover travel package that includes a stay at a New Jersey ocean resort. The trip also includes:

  • Traditional family seders – optional private seders available
  • Three gourmet meals daily – Glatt kosher, Cholov Yisroel, Gebrokts and Non-Gebrokts, Chasidisha Shechita, supervision under Rabbi Zushe Blech
  • Elaborate tea room overlooking the ocean
  • Fun family theme nights including Western Barbeque and Oriental Nights
  • Midnight buffets and "Viennese" Oneg Shabbat
  • Wine Tastings
  • Box lunches available for chol hamoed excursions
  • Special dietary needs including kid-friendly and vegetarian options
  • Daily synagogue services
  • Holiday programs, group discussions, and guest lectures
  • Transportation to Six Flags Great Adventure on NCSY park day
  • Daily and nightly entertainment