Kadesh (First wine blessing)
Morah Racheli's 4th Grade
Urchatz (First hand-washing)
Moreh Manny's Kindergarten
What are some of the reasons that we wash our hands, especially before the Pesach Seder?
G-d wants us to be clean when we say our prayers.
Karpas (Eating the green vegetable with salt water)
Morah Bryce's 1st Grade
Yachatz (Breaking off the dessert matzah)
Morah Julia's 2nd Grade
Yachatz is breaking the middle matzah. The class made break apart matzah jigsaw puzzles. Print out a picture of matzah. Glue it to some cardboard (cereal boxes work well). Draw lines, cut out, try to put it back together!
Magid (Telling the Passover story)
Morah Melanie's 7th Grade
Rachtzah (Second hand-washing)
CB's 3rd Grade
Motzi (Blessing before eating)
Morah Shiva's 3rd Grade
Matzah (Blessing for matzah)
Morah Bryce's 1st Grade
How to make matzah:
Eliana: Get your ingredients
Ethan: 3 lbs of sugar
Eliana: 2 eggs
Shoshana: 1 cup of water, and you do need 2 cups of flour, too!
Molly: You also need 1 tsp of salt.
Eliana: You need 1 cup of yeast.
Molly: Mix them all together.
Ellen: Bake it (maybe in the oven, maybe in the microwave, or maybe in the stove).
Eliana: It bakes for 5 minutes.
Shoshana: You also need to find a place to cool it down.
Ellen: Break the matzah, then hide a piece of it.
Molly: Taste it!
Archie: Then, eat it!
Why do we eat matzah?
Shoshana: We eat matzah because when the slaves ran away, they did not have time for their bread to rise.
Ellen: So, they packed up their bags, and they ran away. While they were running away, the bread that they took (that wasn’t cooked) turned into matzah!
Molly: We eat it because it’s good!
Eliana: We eat matzah to remember our ancestors when they found food to eat.
Ethan: It is religious to do what the Jews did like 3 million years ago.
Ellen: We eat matzah on Passover because it’s the only thing the Jews had to eat when they ran away.
Molly: It’s to remember when the Jews didn’t have time for the bread to rise, so they took raw dough with them, and it turned into matzah as they were leaving because the sun was so warm
Maror (Eating the bitter vegetable)
Morah Dionna's 5th Grade
Korech (Eating the matzah sandwich)
Morah Melanie's 5th Grade
Shulchan Orech (Main meal)
Tzafun (Finding and eating the dessert matzah)
Tzafun represents the offering of the pesach lamb which could only be eaten in the temple in Jerusalem. The afikoman is eaten after being satiated from the meal. Pesach is full of symbolism and meaningful traditions. The tradition of the eating of the afikoman represents breaking boundaries and evolving in the pursuit of bringing light into the world. Students created two dimensional pictures that expressed the breaking of boundaries either abstractly of realistically.
Moreh Jeremy's 6th Grade
Barech (Blessing after eating)
Hallel (Singing praise songs)
Morah Dionna's 7th Grade
In Hallel, hymns and psalms to praise G-d, we celebrate G-d’s glory and our joy at escaping from slavery. Even in modern times, we still follow these important traditions and can relate to the themes in these songs by modernizing them. This is Morah Dionna’s 7th grade’s playlist for a modern Hallel celebration!
Here are some excerpts from the text of the original psalms (113-118) and our interpretations of them.
“He raises the poor from the dust, lifts up the needy from the refuse heap to set them with the great, with the great men of His people.”
This quote invokes the theme of helping others and doing our best to make the world a better place. The following songs also invoke similar ideals.
“The sea saw them and fled, Jordan ran backward, mountains skipped like rams, hills like sheep. What alarmed you, O sea, that you fled, Jordan, that you ran backward, mountains, that you skipped like rams, hills, like sheep? Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord…”
This quote symbolizes nature as a spiritual object and highlights how it’s reacting to G-d’s presence. The following songs showcase the power and reactions of nature.
“The bonds of death encompassed me; the torments of Sheol overtook me. I came upon trouble and sorrow and I invoked the name of the LORD…”
This quote explains how asking for help is often necessary to save ourselves from tough situations. The following songs portray situations where people needed to ask for help in order to improve their lives.
“His steadfast love is eternal.”
This quote explains how G-d’s love is unconditional, and the following songs share messages and stories of unconditional love and its power.
“All nations have beset me; by the name of the LORD I will surely cut them down. They beset me, they surround me; by the name of the LORD I will surely cut them down. They have beset me like bees; they shall be extinguished like burning thorns; by the name of the LORD I will surely cut them down.”
This quote describes how those who challenge us can and will be defeated, and the following songs describe situations in which people defeated their enemies.
“Open the gates of victory for me that I may enter them and praise the LORD. This is the gateway to the LORD— the victorious shall enter through it.”
This quote celebrates how the Jewish people were victorious in their escape from slavery. The following songs also share tales of being victorious.
Nirtzah (Songs to finish our seder)
Morah Deborah's 8th Grade
Seder Games & Activities
Have a Pesach word-themed I Spy game.
Choose a word, for example “MATZA”.
Children need to find something in the house that starts with each letter of the key word.
(M - microwave; A - apple; T - tree; and so on)
Move and turn around the pieces below to put the matzah back together!