• 8 Ways to Celebrate Passover in Hoboken + Jersey City

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    Passover {the eight-day festival of unleavened bread} begins tonight at sundown, and there is no lack of places to celebrate the emancipation of the Israelites here in Hudson County. Whether you’re preparing to host your first seder, looking for a place to join other young Pesach celebrants, or hunting down some homemade matzah {matzo/matza — it’s debated, and so we’ll vary our usage throughout this to make everyone happy} in the Mile Square, we’ve got you covered here with {appropriately} eight ways to celebrate Passover in Hoboken + Jersey City.

    Cocoa Bakery {275 Grand Street, Jersey City}  

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    Cocoa Bakery, in downtown Jersey City, is a bistro + cafe baking up chocolate almond torte, almond apricot torte, mini meringue tarts, and macaroons {coconut and chocolate-dipped!} — all for Passover. While they are no longer taking pre-orders, you can still pop in to see what they’ve got ready made.

    United Synagogue of Hoboken {115 Park Ave, Hoboken}

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    The United Synagogue of Hoboken is hosting a screening of Streits: Matzo and the American Dream on Saturday, April 15th at 8:30 PM. The film follows the story of the Streit factory, the last family-owned matzo bakery in the country, during its final year in its Lower East factory. Admission is $10 and includes Kosher for Passover snacks and a post-film discussion with the filmmaker, Michael Levine.

    Chabad Young Professionals of Hoboken & Jersey City {830 Monroe St, Hoboken}

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    Talk about service! The Chabad Young Professionals are delivering handmade Shemurah Matzah to bring along to your seder. Just e-mail Director@ChabadYoungHJC.com to order a box. It’s FREE and they’ll deliver {up until Monday afternoon}.

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    Young Adult Seder
    Graduated from finding the hidden matzah, but not quite ready to set a seder of your own? The evening, reserved for adults ages 21-36 and hosted by the Chabad Young Professionals, includes a traditional seder paired with contemporary insights. The night begins with a 7:15 PM Happy Hour & Candle Lighting followed by a 7:45 PM seder. A full menu, homemade matzah and wine will be served. {More info here!}

    Tony Boloney’s Passover-Themed Pizza {263 1st Street, Hoboken}

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    For those more in-tune with the cultural aspects of the holiday, Tony Boloney’s offers some fun Passover-themed food: The Jewish Cowboy Passover Brisket pizza — complete with jewish passover BBQ brisket, smoked mutz, beet horseradish & parsley as well as the only matzo ball soup in the Mile Square. You’re not eating ‘matzah,’ so it’s not 100% kosher {pun intended} if you’re celebrating through and through, but it’s a fun twist on regular pizza. {Psst. If you know of any other matzo ball soup spots, let us know!} 

    Passover Shabbat service at Congregation B’Nai Jacob {176 West Side Street, Jersey City}

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    Join the Congregation B’Nai Jacob for their 10 AM Shabbat morning Pesach service on Saturday April 15th. Kiddush will be served after the ceremony.

    Catering from King’s {1212 Bernard McFeeley Shipyard Ln + 324 River Street, Hoboken}

    King’s of Hoboken {both uptown and downtown locations} is offering fully catered Passover Meals with a huge menu of entrees, sides, and dessert options — we’re talking everything from sides of matzo kugel to potato latkes, roast beef brisket, Lilly’s macarons, and Joyva candies. {Note: the service does require 48-hours’ notice, so order quickly and you’ll be set for midweek or this weekend!}

    A Passover Meal from ShopRite {900 Madison Street}

    Aside from selling your standard boxed matzah and jelly rings, ShopRite Hoboken also offers a Passover Turkey Dinner if you find yourself in charge of seder and need a quick fix. For $140, you’ll get a fully cooked Empire Kosher turkey, sweet carrot tzimmes, charoset, matzo balls, chicken broth, potato kugel, roasted vegetable kugel, and gravy. The meal serves 8-10 people and suggests allowing 48 hours to defrost before serving.

    Cork Wine & Spirits {1450 Washington Street}

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    As we all know, wine is pretty integral to the seder meal {four cups are traditionally poured and consumed alongside the four promises}. Bring the best wine to your seder and be a hero amongst friends, and lucky for you, Cork Wine + Spirits has an entire Kosher section, but they recommend Psagot Rose 2016 – a hit during a tasting at the United Synagogue of Hoboken recently. The wine comes from the northern hills of Jerusalem, and is made from a blend of Merlot, Petite Sirah and Shiraz. Because wine.

    How are you celebrating Passover in the Mile Square? Tag us on Insta @HobokenGirlBlog and share the festivities!
    Easter brunch spots coming soon — stay tuned.


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    A Jersey girl born and raised, Kelly moved from Hoboken to Weehawken a year and a half ago and loves exploring all of the history and hidden spots in her new city while still making frequent trips to her favorite spots in the Mile Square (because while she signed up for a new zip code, she definitely didn’t sign up for a life without Black Bear buffalo bites, sunsets at Pier 13 or Sunday football on Washington!). After graduating from the University of Maryland in 2011 with a degree in journalism, she spent five years as a style editor and now freelances on everything from fashion to finance. When she’s not working on her next story, you can usually find Kelly swimming at the Stevens pool, checking out new happy hour spots (bonus points always given for a spot with a view) or cheering on her Maryland Terrapins (Go Terps!).


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