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You've been asking and we've heard you. On April 1, we're released a new and improved version of Let's Discover the Holidays for both Fall and Spring. With the addition of updated images, engaging new questions, and opportunities for mindful reflection, the series looks brighter, fresher, and more child-friendly.
If you are in the Golem Express program, Let's Discover the Holidays will be coming to your door automatically in April. If you aren't a Golem Express member yet, sign up here and we'll get you all caught up for 2019.
Enjoy this sneak peek at the revised holiday favorite with this free mindfulness exercise, perfect for your Passover instruction.
Planning a seder? Start by considering your guest list. Who’s coming largely dictates what kind of haggadah to use. Other factors to consider: The length of the seder you want and its tone (solemn, inquisitive, or with a touch of whimsy.). This guide will help lead you in the right direction.
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by Rabbi Kerry Olitzky
- An inclusive, welcoming seder
- Guests from a variety of backgrounds and experiences
- Guests who have never attended a seder before
- 64 color pages in
Passover offers so many opportunities for learning - about Jewish history, the importance of home and holiday observance, and the value of repetition. Here are some resources you can use with students to explore many aspects of the holiday.
In Teach Them Diligently: A Midrash on the Jewish Educator’s Year, Bonnie Stevens describes the haggadah as "our greatest textbook, laying out the lesson plan for a class so important that every Jew must repeat it yearly - the seder." One of the lessons the haggadah teaches us is about the role of questions in learning.
The haggadah doesn't rely on children to devise questions on their own. The Four Questions, for example, are spelled out. Sometimes we may use the haggadah's techniques to prod students to ask questions. And we too are
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Create a pose that shows what bravery feels like in your body.
Try tilting your head up and standing straight and tall.
Or try making strong muscles in your arms.
This is one activity to try from the freshly updated Let’s Discover the Holidays series of 4-page folders, designed for children in grades K-2. Invite students to make a circle and do the activity with brave poses. Encourage students to notice where in their bodies they feel brave. (in my muscles; in my heart; my brain; my arms and legs) Suggest they try another pose and see if their brave feeling changes too.
This kind of mindful moment, along with new movement and creative arts activities, thought questions, and crisp, descriptive text, bring the holidays to life. Below are some sample pages from the Celebrating Purim folder for you to try out with your students.