Category Archive: Pesach

Apr 18

Pesach Creation

As Anafim (“Branches” for 2nd and 3rd grade) slides into week three of our Pesach (Passover) preparation, the creative frenzy has not faltered. After years of learning about Pesach, these Anafimers know their stuff and are excited to share their ideas and explore new ones about Pesach. Anafimers are hard at work in the studio, …

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Apr 16

Seder Ready!

Pesach (Passover) will be here on Friday night! In שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten) we have been getting ready in a number of ways. We have been hearing Exodus 1-15, the text in the torah that primarily focuses on the Israelites becoming slaves and then being freed. Children have been collaborating …

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Apr 16

Different Perspectives

For the last few weeks, children in Anafim v’Alonim (“branches” and “oak trees” for 4th and 5th grades)  have dug into a  line from the Mishnah about how the Passover story should be told.  The Mishnah says the story should be told: “beginning with disgrace and ending in praise.” Following that, children looked at an …

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Apr 15

Tough stuff

Over the last two weeks Nitzanim (“Buds” for 1st grade) children have been wrestling with some really tough stuff. They had to keep straight the Mishnah, which says to tell the story at the seder from the “hard stuff” to the “awesome stuff” (Mishnah Pesachim 10:4). Then they had to keep track of two different …

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Apr 10

Running with the Rabbis

To prepare for Pesach (Passover) this year, Anafim (“Branches” for 2nd and 3rd grade) are diving deep into conversation with some of the ancient rabbis to consider different ways to interpret Pesach. We started with the Mishnah, a set of books from the early rabbis compiled around 210 C.E. The Mishnah says that a seder …

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Apr 10

Examining Pesach with Early Rabbis

It’s been a busy week for Anafim v’Alonim (“branches” and “oak trees” for 4th and 5th grades)! We launched our Pesach unit with a review of שְׁמוׄת א-טו (Exodus 1-15) and had a ton of fun building the story during a Special Saturday Session. Then, we read a line in the Mishnah that says we …

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Apr 09

The Sensory Side of Passover

One of the very cool ways we are getting ready for Pesach (Passover) in שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten), is by having a sensory experience with the items that might be on a seder plate. Last week, we made and ate חֲרוֹסֶת (Charoset, made with, shredded/chopped apples, banana, cinnamon, and grape …

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Apr 09

Nitzanim’s Got It in the Bag

With Pesach (Passover) just around the corner, Nitzanim has started designing their very own matzah bags! This week’s work involved creating and tracing a picture of what we thought was the ‘hard stuff’ and the ‘awesome stuff’ of Exodus 1-15, a story some Jewish people might choose to read during seder. Nitzanim worked diligently to …

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Apr 08

Preparing for Pesach

The children in Shalom Chaverim (“Welcome, Friends!”) spent time getting to know the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of Pesach this week. Together, we explored the question– “What do we see on the Seder plate?” The children examined real Seder plates, and incorporated them into their play. They also explored the symbols on the plate …

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Apr 05

Pesach Is On Its Way!

There is a lot of excitement about getting ready for Pesach (Passover) in שׁוֹרָשִׁים (Shorashim– ‘roots’ for nursery) and שְׁתִּילִים (Shteelim– ‘saplings’ for kindergarten). These children are preparing for our sensory experience with foods that might be on a seder plate, starting with charoset (made with, shredded/chopped apples, banana, cinnamon, and grape juice). Tasting our charoset! Making …

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