Franny here! Chag Pesach Sameach / A Ziss’n Pesach / A Happy Passover to you!!!
Below are descriptions of each of the 6+ stations in our CLP schoolwide Pesach program. Many thanks to parents Scott, Jeff, Gail, Janice, Susan, Robin, Bertie and Henry for helping out, along with an extra-special thanks to Kolot member Sue Braverman!
A couple of important friendly reminders before you read ahead to the fun stuff:
- NO SCHOOL for the next TWO weeks. We resume on Monday, April 28th. Enjoy your Pesach break!
- Please pay any outstanding CLP invoices. I know this is a busy time of year, but we are more than halfway through and many of you still have outstanding balances on your CLP tuition. If so, you should have recently received an invoice from the Kolot office. If you have any questions or concerns about remitting payment, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Homework over break is here.
Enjoy this long-awaited spring weather and maybe I’ll see you tomorrow morning at services — the Rabbi and I will be delivering a drash and one of my favorite people, Shira Kline is joining for services.
A sweet Shabbat and a liberating Pesach!!!
Pesach Sing-Along with Andrew and Jonah
FOOD JUSTICE CHALLENGE
led by Alana Krivo-Kaufman, Kitah Daled Teacher
Inspired by Kolot Chayeinu’s 5774 Seder Insert, this year’s seder food justice challenge began with each group splitting into three teams.
Round 1: teams sorted a basket of “food” (written on notecard) into two piles, foods to eat on passover and foods not to eat, based on ashkenaz, sephardi, and “what your family does” customs.
Round 2: Iron Chef style each team used their Passover food pile, plus the special extra ingredient the tomatoe, and “made” a dish. Some of the offerings included chicken tacos with salsa and tamato matza brie!
Round 3: Why a tomato!? We learned the story of the tomato, how it gets to our table, and how it’s connected to the Passover story. How the workers who pick the tomatoes are organizing to move from slavery to freedom, from poor working conditions to having their rights respected, and to a future of fair food.
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And take action today to make fair food a reality this Passover.
led by Scott Nogi, Kitah Daled Teacher
“We were Slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt, and Adonai brought us out of it with a strong hand and outstretched arm.” -Deut.6:21My station was based on the telling of the Passover story. The objective was to make it personal for the kids and help put themselves in the shoes of the Jews escaping from Egypt. When they came to my station, the lights were off and I asked them to lie down and close their eyes. I told them that they were going to use their imaginations to picture a story in their minds. I had written a script that converted the traditional Passover story to 2014 Brooklyn with the kids imagining themselves as slaves. When the first plague of blood was mentioned, it was the lake in Prospect Park or the Gowanus Canal running red. Frogs infested 7th Avenue falling from rooftops. Hail landed on their fire escapes and smashed windshields on their blocks. Locusts fed on the window boxes of apartment buildings eating all the flowers. And instead of the Red Seas parting, it was the Hudson River. To make the geography work, the Jews had to go wander into the wilds of… New Jersey. When I said that, it always got a few chuckles. I think it was many kids first experience with visualization exercises and almost everyone seemed to really enjoy it when it was over. Some students told me all the different things they had pictured in their heads. Some kids asked me why I didn’t just have us cross the Verrazano Bridge instead of wait at the shores of the Hudson. Everyone seemed to think it was something unique. One student told me, “it was like a movie… but in my head.”
station planned by Tamar Toledano, Kitah Hey Teacher
led by Hadar Ahuvia, Kitah Gimmel Teacher
How bitter was slavery? By taste testing some extra spicy Maror and witnessing each others faces students got just a hint of slavery’s affect- tears, red faces, shock horror! Students also received the beautifully grown parsley they planted at Tu B’shvat. Cared for Sue Braverman they may serve as the Karpas, symbolizing spring, freedom, and new growth on your Seder plate!
Click here for a video montage of CLP students maror-tasting faces!
led by Rachel Evans, Kitah Hey Teacher
At this station we discussed the four children represented in the Haggadah- the wise child, the rebellious child, the simple child and the child who doesn’t know how to ask a question. I took a little poll, and confirming my suspicions, most of the students affirmed that they could relate to all of the kids, leading to the conclusion that there’s no one kid that fits one of those labels, and all those characteristics can exist in all of us. Next, I divided the class into groups of 4 and tasked them to create a four headed monster/kid, with each student playing one of the “types” described in the Haggadah. Once they found an interesting way to physicalize this monster, I gave them a question about Passover (why is this night different from all other nights? Where did matzah come from? What does Passover mean to you? Etc.) and they each had to answer it as the kid they were playing, while remaining in the four headed monster! They were very creative in both their answers and their four headed physical explorations!”
IN THE HOT SEAT: Becoming Characters from the Exodus Story
led by Rebecca Nadis, Kitah Daled Teacher
Inspired by the classic Pesach text, B’chol dor v’dor, chayav adam lirot et atzmo k’ilu hu yatza mi’mitzraim. In each generation, one must see himself as if he left Egypt. (Mishna Pesachim 9:5) students took on roles of characters from the Exodus story and are interviewed/questioned by the other students.
This session began with students doing a 2 min gallery walk of brief bios of the characters to review the major facts and their roles in the story. Individuals then selected a card at random with the name of a character on it, and answered questions about their role in the Pesach story.
led by Andrew Davies, Assistant Director with help from Kitah Daled student, Jonah Kipnis
As Pesach approaches we continued to look at some of the wonderful songs that can bring us together around the Seder table. In the last few weeks of circle time we’ve been looking at “Mah Nishtanah” the song of the 4 questions. We reviewed this again together and you can find the tune here.
We also reviewed the order of the seder with hand motions. Practice that here.
In addition we had the chance to look at “Dayenu,” a song about praise of miracles and talked about how we can be appreciative of the amazing blessings in our own life. We also learned “Go Down Moses,” and “The Frog Song.” Jonah Kipnis from the Kitah Daled helped me out on guitar and many students helped out with percussion.
Next Year in…
activity planned by Franny, led by all teachers
After students went through all six stations, they finished their “seder” as we often do, with a take on the wish, Next Year in ‘Jerusalem.’ “Next Year in Jerusalem can mean many things. We can take the phrase literally, OR we can think of it as a metaphor for where we want to be next year in our lives. Students were given a 1/4 sheet of paper with the words Next year in… written at the top along with an envelope. They were invited to write or draw a short note to their future selves one year from now. Either A WISH for how they see themselves one year from now OR how you they would like to see the world.
They sealed the envelopes and I will be sure to deliver the letters either via snailmail or in-person in time for next year’s Pesach!