Tag Archive: Pesach

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

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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Apr 05

Pesach (Passover) Taboo

Can you make your friend guess the Pesach word on your card without saying any of the taboo words on the bottom of the card? Extreme fun! And, one of the middle schoolers said, “What a great way to review Pesach material.” Middle schoolers made the cards ourselves. All of the words we guessed were …

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Apr 02

Anafim v’Alonim- back in action!

Yesterday was Anafim v’Alonim‘s (“Branches” and “Oak Trees” for 4th-5th grade children) first session back from break.  We started the afternoon by going around the table sharing something from the previous week that we did or something we are looking forward to. After finishing the L’hitpalel (“To Pray”) theme, we explored Purim for a few …

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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 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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