Youngsters enjoy sweet treats at Chabad Hebrew School’s Chocolate Model Seder
Chabad offers Passover Resources and contemporary messages
MONROE (March 27) - Celebrating a Chocolate Seder, watching the 10 plagues come to life, creating an heirloom Seder plate – Chabad of Orange County, directed by Rabbi Pesach and Chana Burston, approaches the holiday of Passover with a contemporary twist.
“Jewish holidays are not just traditions, but spiritual conduits for life today,” explains Chana Burston, “The Jews broke free of Egyptian slavery over 3,000 years ago – this holiday symbolizes breaking free of the negative habits which ‘enslave us.’” Passover commemorates the miraculous exodus of the Jewish People from Egyptian slavery.
The eight-day festival of Passover is celebrated this year from sundown on Friday, March 30.
Children of all ages have been experiencing the excitement and lessons of the holiday. Babies and toddlers at Chabad’s Musical Mommy & Me enjoyed Passover puppets, songs and crafts. Students at the Chabad Hebrew School celebrated a Chocolate Seder which highlighted the rituals of the Passover traditions through with a sweet twist. Older students learned the technique of wood burning as they designed beautiful Seder plates to adorn their holiday table. Teen volunteers acted out the story of the 10 Plagues with props and sound effects, and students of all ages enjoyed the performance.
“Leavened, fluffy bread symbolizes ego”, explains Rabbi Pesach Burston. “The flat Matza – unleavened bread that we eat for 8 days – symbolizes humility. When we make more room for G-d and others, we have more room to grow as individuals.”
Chabad of Orange County is offering a variety of Passover resources to the community:
Chabad is hosting two community Seders: 1st Seder – Friday, March 30, 2018, at 6:45pm. 2nd Seder – Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 8:00pm. Enjoy a delicious, meaningful, interactive, fun and educational Seder, spices with stories, song and humor. Rabbi Pesach and Chana Burston, along with their children, will facilitate the inter-generational program. Reservations must be made in advance by contacting Chabad at 845-782-2770 or email RSVP@ChabadOrange.com, or register online at www.ChabadOrange.com. Space is limited and filling up quickly.