Passover is an eight-day holiday celebrated from 15th through the 22nd of the Hebrew month of Nissan. It commemorates the freedom our ancestors gained from slavery in ancient Egypt. Seder is the highlight of Passover and it is a fifteen-step family-oriented tradition and ritual-packed feast. On Seder we eat matzah, bitter herbs, four cups of wine or grape juice and we recite the Haggadah that tells the story of the Exodus on the Passover night. From the midday of the day before the Passover till the end of the holiday, we don’t eat Chametz (leavened grain), instead we eat Matzah (flat unleavened bread) in order to commemorate the unleavened bread that the Israelites ate when they left Egypt.
In Or-Avner Kindergarten and School we celebrate Passover and spring together. Our children learn to observe the nature unfolding in spring, they learn about Moses and how he became the Jews’ leader, they get to understand the meaning of traditions such as eating Matzah and not Chametz for Pessah and the special steps of the Seder. We create together with the children an “Exodus” : kids dress like the ancient Jews, experience the Ten Plagues of Egypt and they make Matzah. The following day we clean all the classrooms together in order to make sure there is no Chametz hiding. After the cleaning, all of us dress in white, gather around a big Seder table and follow the Haggadah and the steps of the Seder.