Category Archive: Pesach

Mar 30

Sell Your Bread? Say What?!

It came up casually, as part of a different conversation about Pesach, and immediately, it grabbed our 5th – 7th grade children’s attention: some Jews sell their חמץ chametz (leavened foods) for Pesach. What?! How? Why?   So we did what we usually do when children have questions: we started researching. We turned to the Torah, to …

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Mar 30

Activating Pesach (Passover) knowledge and questions

After several years at the Jewish Enrichment Center, ענפים (Anafim, “Branches” for 3rd-4th grade children) know a lot about פסח (Pesach, Passover). They’re familiar with the major parts of the סדר (Seder, the “Order” of the Passover meal), the items traditionally on the seder plate, connection between the holiday and the text in Exodus 1-15 which describes …

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Mar 29

Shorashim Makes a Seder Plate

This week Shorashim (“Roots,” for nursery children) used the knowledge we’ve learned about the Pesach seder plate to make our very own! We used a variety of different materials to create one giant “plate” for us to hang in our space that would mimic not only the look of the items on the seder plate, …

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Mar 29

Connecting Symbolic Foods of Passover to Exodus 1-15

In Shteelim (‘Saplings’ for Kindergarten) we have been learning Exodus 1-15, the story in the Torah of the Israelites being slaves in Egypt and then being freed. Even the first time that we listened to Exodus 1-15, we started to think about parts of the story that we associate with the symbolic foods of פסח (Pesach– …

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Mar 26

Getting ready for Pesach (Passover)

Nitzanim are preparing for פסח  (Pesach–Passover) this week by… practicing singing מה נשתנה (Mah Nishtanah–The Four Questions), playing “14 Parts of the Seder” card games, or completing the קדש ורחץ (Kadesh Urchatz) team challenge, What’s the best part of Pesach prep? Doing it together! Just look at those gorgeous moments of support, sharing, and partnership.

Mar 08

What Do You See/Touch/Feel/Smell on the Seder Plate?

Explorations of Pesach are underway in Shalom Chaverim! There were lots of new things to explore, to touch, and to play with. We are examining the Seder plate through play, through song, and through art. We are forming the objects we see using play dough, and counting how many spaces we see. We are examining …

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Mar 07

All Smiles for Final Projects

These are the super happy faces of a bunch of children who’ve FINISHED their Shabbat final projects! And boy are they proud of their teamwork. They can hardly wait to share their incredible ideas and gorgeous projects with you. We hope you’ll join us this Sunday at 9:00am for Family Exploration and Celebration!

Apr 20

A Community Celebration

On חגים (chagim–holidays), we do things differently at the Jewish Enrichment Center. We put away our writing materials, we don’t take photos or use our iPads, and we spend time as a whole community. It’s our way of marking the holiday as special or different and an opportunity for children of all ages to celebrate …

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Apr 07

Anafim taking the wheel

“Ok, we know all the other parts of the סדר (Seder, the ritual Passover meal). But what is נרצה (Nirtzah)? Our chart just has a picture of moon and stars.” “Let’s go downstairs and look at the הגדות (Haggadot, guidebooks for the Seder) set out at the book fair to see what they say.” “Okay, but we …

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Apr 06

Bake Sale for Hunger

This week, children in our mixed-age חוגים (chugim, Pesach electives) were given a text from the seder that says, “Let all who are hungry come and eat. Let all who are in need come and celebrate Passover.” When asked how they want to help hungry people in Chicago, they came up with a plan to …

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