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Pre-Pesach Event

Sunday April 14, 2:00-4:30pm at the Connected Chef

49-09 5th St, Queens, NY 11101

Join Malkhut in LIC as we prepare for the holiday of Passover with an afternoon of learning, gardening and eating together, in collaboration with The Connected Chef!

Passover is truly a food-centered holiday. We will learn from The Connected Chef, a local non-profit organization, about their model of food justice in Queens, and Malkhut Rabbinic Intern Emily Herzlin will lead a Passover-themed teaching and discussion.

All ages are welcome.


2:00 - 3:15 PM - Gardening

We will spend some time helping to prepare The Connected Chef garden and lot so that the community will be able to enjoy fresh herbs and vegetables and flowers later in the year. We will be planting vegetables and painting plant beds, so be prepared to get messy and wear clothes that can get dirt/non-washable paint on them.


3:30 - 4:30 PM - Eating & Learning

After gardening, we will enjoy delicious chametz*-inspired food provided by Malkhutnik Rebecca Forlenza. Please feel free to bring your own favorite chametz-inspired food to share with others. 

Chametz is food made from barley, wheat, rye, oats, or spelt, that has been allowed to rise, AKA leavened bread. Most foods made from these grains (bread, pasta cookies, etc) are traditionally avoided during the holiday of Passover and even removed from our homes. We do this to commemorate the Passover story when the Israelites were commanded by God to eat matzah, unleavened bread. So we can get together and enjoy some chametz together before we avoid it for the days of Passover (if that is your practice!)

Accessibility: The ground of the lot is mostly gravel, and the garden contains uneven ground. There is a port-a-potty (not ADA compliant) and a sink for hand washing, but the water is not potable. Please bring your own water bottle. There will be about 10 chairs–if you are able to please bring a folding chair or a blanket to sit on. 


Rain Plan: If it is raining lightly we will not cancel–there is a large awning over some of the event space that will shelter the group in the event of light right. If rain is heavy we will cancel the event–please check your email the morning of the event.


What to bring:

  • Water bottle/your own beverages

  • Wear what you will be comfortable in–this is a fully outdoor event. Please wear clothes and shoes that can get dirty!

  • If you have gardening supplies (spade, trowel, etc) feel free to bring them with you.

  • Chametz-inspired food to share with others (food will be provided as well, but please feel free to bring some food to share!)

  • Non-perishable food to donate to the Astoria Food Pantry

Cost: This event is offered on a donation basis. Please consider contributing. Our suggested levels are below. Thank you. 

Register here!

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