Passover preparation comes to Greenwich next week

Passover is coming and a host of activities are planned in town to mark this most significant of holidays on the Jewish calendar.

Passover is an eight-day observance of the Jewish pilgrimage out of slavery in Egypt and with stories like the parting of the Red Sea and the eight plagues visited upon Pharaoh and the ever popular matzah, it is one of the best known of the Jewish holidays.

But for those who don’t know about the holiday and its significance, Jewish Family Services of Greenwich and its Interfaith Conversations: Open Discussions about the Joys & Challenges of Interfaith Living will present the “Seder Survival Guide.” People of all religious leanings can join the interfaith conversation.

This discussion will tackle subject like: Are you raising children in an interfaith family and wondering how can I make a Passover Seder when I didn’t grow up with one? How can I teach my kids about Passover when I didn’t celebrate it?

The Seder Survival Guide is a 90-minute interactive program that prepares mothers of other backgrounds and family members who may be interested to celebrate Passover in their homes and to engage children at the seder, which is the ritual meal of Passover. Participants will explore the meaning behind each item on the seder plate, examine the Haggadah, the written guide to the meal, have the opportunity to ask their own “four questions” and learn the virtues of Passover food and matzah ball soup.

The program will take place Monday, March 11 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at One Holly Hill Lane. This program is free and interested people should  RSVP to Lisa Smith, at [email protected] or call 203-622-1881

This program is being sponsored by Congregation Shir Ami, Greenwich Reform Synagogue, Hebrew Wizards, Jewish Family Services of Greenwich, PJ Library, and Temple Sholom.

But that’s not all going on in town, Carmel Academy will have also have family Passover celebration activities to mark the coming holiday. On March 10 there will be Book Nook Playtime, which is best for kids four-years-old and under and My Haggadah: Made-it-Myself best for ages four and above with Francine Hermein Levite.

According to the Academy, “Kids say the darndest things about miracles and plagues and this workshop gives them the opportunity as they create an illustrated keepsake that will keep them asking — and answering — Passover questions for years to come.”

Author Francine Hermelin Levite will guide the craftmaking and explain the Seder blessings, songs and stories included in her book.

There’s also Passover Food Packing which is for kids seven-years-old and older. This is a Passover food drive to benefit the JFS Stamford Kosher Food Pantry and Passover food basket packaging. It’s an interactive program with families and highlight the values of Maot Chitim — a special kind of charity given before Passover, as well as the general concept of anonymous giving. Families will put together Passover food baskets for families and seniors. Chametz donations will be for distribution after Passover.

This year’s food collection will be matched by the Fienstein Foundation. For each and every food item collected, the Fienstein Foundation will donate $1 to the Kosher Food Pantry.

This will all take place on Sunday, March 10 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Carmel Academy at 270 Lake Street.

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