Passover Information

Feb. 21, 2021

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Many members of our community and Jewish people around the world will observe the holiday of Passover from March 27 to April 4, 2021. Passover celebrates liberation and freedom - universal themes distilled in the biblical story of Exodus. During the holiday, those observing eat in a special way, which includes special foods at ritual meals called Seders at the beginning of the holiday, and excludes other foods (anything that could rise or leaven) for the entire week. 

As announced in October, due to the current travel restrictions needed to keep our community safe during the pandemic, Brandeis will remain in session during Passover for the first time in our 73-year history. One of Boston’s best kosher caterers, Catering by Andrew, will provide kosher-for-Passover food throughout the week, and there are several ways for students to enjoy Seders.

Hillel, Dining Services and other university partners have been preparing since last semester to make this effort a success. Given the complicated and extensive logistics involved, students must sign up in advance for Seders and meals by Friday, March 5 through the Hillel website. We will not be able to guarantee Seders, meal or room reservations after the deadline. 

Below is a summary of the options available.

For undergraduate and graduate students:
Seder meals on March 27 and 28: Some students will want to participate in virtual seders with their families, while others will want an in-person (students only) option. Hillel and Dining Services are preparing to support both of these options on the first two nights of Passover. All on-campus Seders must comply with current Brandeis COVID-19 health and safety measures.

Please visit the Brandeis Hillel website to sign up for Seders and Passover meals. You can pay for meals with meal swipes or a credit card. All sign-ups must be completed by Friday, March 5. We will not be able to guarantee kosher-for-Passover food or room reservations after the deadline. 

We’re offering three options for Seders:

Kosher-for-Passover dining throughout the week, from March 27 through April 4:

For faculty and staff:
Kosher-for-Passover dining throughout the week of March 27 through April 4:

All students, faculty and staff are required to follow Brandeis COVID-19 health and safety measures prior to picking up Passover meals on campus.

In addition to providing for the needs of those who observe Passover rituals and requirements, Brandeis Hillel is developing programming for all members of our campus community who wish to learn about Passover and find meaning in its story. Please watch the Hillel website and follow our Facebook page for spiritual offerings and educational opportunities. We will be communicating these opportunities as we get closer to Passover.


Rabbi Seth Winberg
Director and Senior Jewish Chaplain, Center for Spiritual Life
Executive Director, Hillel

Raymond Lu Ming Ou
Vice President of Student Affairs