So, you’ve decided to celebrate Passover away from home, in Ottawa. Maybe you’re taking a well-deserved vacation, traveling with family, visiting relatives, or simply have to be away for business. Whatever the reason, knowing how to celebrate Passover properly when you’re away from home is essential, and we have the tips that can help.
Celebrating Passover in Ottawa
- Get Your Bearings- Whether you’re staying in a hotel or in Uncle Cecil’s spare bedroom, the first thing you need to do is get your bearings by finding a local Chabad center. In Ottawa, you can visit the Ottawa Torah Centre Chabad on Lamplighters Drive for a traditional Pesach Seder, Shachant, and Siyum. This year, the morning service and Siyum will take place at 7:00 am on April 14th, and the Seder will take place at 7:30 pm on April 14th.
- Matzah- if you’re staying with family, there’s no doubt they will provide the Passover matzah. If, however, you’re staying at a hotel or resort, you may want to bring your own matzah from home for the Seder.
- Selling Chametz- When you’re traveling during Passover, the sale of chametz, which is any product or recipe that contains wheat, oats, rye, spelt, yeast, barley, or sourdough, can be difficult. You’ll need to be sure both the chametz in your home and the chametz in your current location are sold before Passover begins. What makes this tricky when traveling is time zones. If you are staying in the same time zone as Ottawa, you can arrange for the sale of your chametz online, with your local rabbi, or with a rabbi in Ottawa. Because it’s the location of the owner that matters, and not the location of the chametz, arranging for the sale and buy-back of the chametz with an Ottawa rabbi is important if you’re switching time zones. This will ensure it isn’t sold too late or bought back too early.
- Keeping Kosher- Jewish laws are much more challenging during Passover, especially when it comes to staying kosher. If you’re staying with family who shares your beliefs, staying Kosher may not be difficult at all. If, however, you’re on a business trip and staying in a hotel room, the challenge may be greater. In order to stay kosher, stay away from food that is prohibited, like pork, crab, leavened bread, or dairy products mixed with meat dishes. Not sure what you can order from an Ottawa catering company to be delivered to your hotel room? Kettleman’s Bagel Co. has plenty to choose from. While you may not be able to eat a bagel during Passover, you can take advantage of our cheese platter, veggie platter, fresh fruit platter, and our tasty salads.
Traveling during Passover isn’t easy, but if you take the time to get your bearings, understand how time zone changes can affect the sale of chametz, and order kosher-friendly meals from our Ottawa catering company, you’ll be able to enjoy this sacred time and feel at home.