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Passover FAQ

The best way to reach us in a way that we can guarantee to respond in a timely manner is via email at info@westsidecjl.com . We will do our best to respond within 2 hours during normal business hours.

Until when can I sign up?
As long as the website is receiving reservations, you can still sign up. If the site is not accepting reservations that means that we have reached max capacity and can not accept any more reservations.

Who is catering?
Batya’s Kitchen – Upscale Passover cuisine. 4 course Dinner.

What kind of crowd are you expecting?
We have a very eclectic crowd of people of all ages and levels of observance. Families, elderly and singles are welcome.

Is the Seder wheelchair accessible?

I am a vegetarian or I’m allergic to certain foods. Can you accommodate?
We can accommodate people who need a vegetarian option. We’ll do our best to accommodate all food allergies but can not guarantee it.

Is this Chabad?
Yes – The West Side CJL is a branch of Chabad of the West Side. Seders will be led by Rabbi Mendel Groner.

Approximately what time is dinner served?
Roughly 1 1/2 hours after start time

What time does the Seder end?
The Seder ends roughly 3 1/2 hours after it starts. First night 10:45 
PM. Second night 11:30 PM. Please understand that this is an approximation.

Is there a prayer service before the Seders?

Do I need to bring anything?
No – All will be provided

I would like to come with a large group, can we sit together?
Yes. But please let us know so we can make sure that you are all seated together.

Do I need to know hebrew?
No. The seders will be conducted in a manner that people who speak hebrew and english can participate and understand.

Will the Haggadas be in Hebrew only?

The haggads will be english and hebrew bilingual.

Will you have Kippas?

Can I call the Excelsior Hotel to make a Seder reservation?
No. The only way to reserve is online via our signup page.

Can I send a check?
Yes. You can send a check made out to West Side CJL – 219 West 81st St. #4A New York, NY 10024.
We must receive the check before Monday April 10, by the end of the day. Please include your name and the names of your guests. And a good number or email address to reach you to confirm your reservation.


What is your refund policy?
Please see our refund policy here

Please email us if you have any other questions