If the walls of matzah boxes at the supermarket are any indication, Passover is coming up very soon! In between the menu or travel planning and spring cleaning, taking the time now to bring intention to your seder (the ritual meal) and planning to create a fun and interactive experience that will make it accessible and meaningful to everyone.
Passover is inclusive by design: the values of inviting guests, providing a guidebook to the seder, and asking questions make it a great experience to share with those who are new to the celebration. Putting the spotlight on the youngest by giving them the important role of asking the Four Questions and involving all kids in finding the afikomen (the hidden piece of the middle matzah that is used in the conclusion of the seder) puts kids at the heart of this interactive, multi-sensory experience. Here are some questions to consider as you prepare for Passover. Discuss them with your partner and/or with your seder host if you are not hosting the meal yourself:
These are just some questions to consider. We have resources to help answer them on our Jconnect Passover page, where you can find events, recipes, tips, books, and more to help your family celebrate.
Also, with the confluence of the start of Passover and Easter falling on the same weekend this year, it can be an especially tricky time for interfaith families. Check out these recommendations for interfaith families, which are based on my four decades of experience navigating being in an interfaith family, two decades as a Jewish educator, and 11 years as a parent.
Passover starts on Friday, April 15th at sundown.
Chag Pesach Sameach (Happy Passover holiday),
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