A JOFEE Passover

The Passover story is deeply multivalent: it has been interpreted and re-interpreted by Jews for thousands of years, remaining pertinent despite the changing realities of those who celebrate it. Here are four curricula for the days leading up to Passover (and one for the holiday itself), which give an ecological spin to the story in distinct and creative ways.

“Clearing out the Old to Make Room for the New: A Passover Tradition” is a program written by Elizabeth Kaplan about cleaning out spaces on a farm in anticipation of spring planting and how it relates to the coming of Pesach.  Aimed at children 4-10. Click here to access this resource.

“Beyond Horseradish: Exploring Maror” is a program written by Rose Cherneff that explores and expands our relationship to Maror through both a textual and agricultural lens. Aimed at children 10 and up. Click here to access this resource.

“The ECO Passover Connection” is a program written by Mira Menyuk that connects children to the modern day issues of environmental plagues through an in-depth look at text describing the plagues of the Passover story. Aimed at children 10-14. Click here to access this resource.

“Passover in the Desert” is a program written by Danielle Aboody for an outdoor Passover around the fire, featuring art and storytelling connected to themes from the Passover Seder. Aimed at children 3-13. Click here to access this resource.

“Matzah Making” is a program written by Danielle Smith and Ren Feldman to explore the process of baking matzah, including both a hands on demonstration and exploration of matzah’s symbolism and seasonality. Aimed at children in grades 3-5. Click here to access this resource.

These resources were prepared as part of the JOFEE Fellowship.