Mar 19, 2009

Pesach at the Netivot Shalom Preschool 5769!

Dear Netivot Shalom Preschool Families,

Pesach (Passover) is coming!! 
This is going to be so much fun for us, for our kids, for the whole Netivot community!

I've pasted below the email I sent to the whole shul last night, because it has good info, and an online PDF of the Seder Toppings order form.  But this email is a chance to point us all in a few directions, since Pesach songs are both so much fun, and also full of meaning for children and adults.  I remember sitting at the Seder table as a child, trying to stay awake long enough to hear the songs (which traditionally happen at the very end of the Seder), trying to get the Aramaic and Hebrew words right, etc...  And three of my favorite songs were, and are, Mah Nishtana, Dayeinu, and Chag Gadya.  Here is a great website with Pesach SongSheets & Audio Files.  The links below include online resources for learning the songs, practicing them as family, and also some short reflections from me on the meaning and content of Chad Gadya. 

Mah Nishtanah:  Here are some great links for Mah Nishtanah: TotShabbat -

Dayenu: Here are some great links for Dayenu:  HaggadahsRUs - Wikipedia

Chad Gadya: I began singing Chad Gadya with the Nevonim class yesterday, who also read a book about Chad Gadya (the book is available at Afikomen and here).  The images in the song are strong, it is a compelling "adevnture-song", and the images are not gentle. There is a lot to talk about, but the adult struggle with the images (including "the Angel of Death") only happens when the song's melody and traditions are experienced in childhood.  In a certain sense, we learn the song to ourgrow our comfort with its message.  I have a lot of thoughts about this, and wanted to begin our conversation here, so that our children's explorations can be supported and joined by our own.  Here are some great links for Chad Gadya: Wikipedia - Jewish Heritage Online Magazine

Can't wait to share more pesach Journeying with our kids and families!

Rabbi Menachem Creditor

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Pesach at Congregation Netivot Shalom 5769
akiva A Pre-Pesach Note from Rabbi Creditor

Dear Chevreh,

Pesach is almost here!  To help with our community's Pesach preparation, this email includes links to our Pesach Kashrut Guide 5769, the Contract for Selling Chametz (which must be received no later than Wed., April 8th at 8am), and some additional Pesach Links to online resources (see below).  This year's Communal Second Seder on Thursday, April 9th, is being led by Rabbi Daniel Kohn, and RSVP's should go to by April 1st.  Limited scholarship for the Seder are available - please contact Rabbi Creditor.  And the Netivot Shalom Preschool is proud to announce Seder Table Toppings!  Simplify your preparation by ordering a Seder Table Topping Package today, including everything necessary for a Seder Plate!  

Pre-Pesach Field Trip: This coming Wednesday (March 25) at 2:30, David Stein will be meeting anyone who would like to join on a trip to Afikomen to pick up materials for the Communal Seder and do some additional Pesach Shopping! Everyone is welcome!  Seder Matching: Many members of Netivot have spaces at their Seder tables and would love to invite new guests, and many Netivot members would love to be invited to a Seder! Please see this coming week's Shabbat Shalom email for information on how to invite others, or to be invited yourself, as we fulfill the mitzvah of Hachnasat Orchim / Welcoming Guests this Pesach at Netivot Shalom!

May this year's Pesach be one of peace and health, an experience of a liberated world,
Rabbi Creditor

Four Passover Essays by Rabbi Creditor: