Seder Survival Guide

The Seder Survival Guide provides FREE education to help interfaith families celebrate Passover in an enjoyable, meaningful way with their Jewish children.

"Seder Survival Guide Holiday Prep Class” Comes to West Hartford

Prep Class about Passover for Parents of Other Religious Backgrounds Raising Jewish Children

Have you ever wondered how to host a Passover seder, even though you never grew up attending one? Have you wanted to learn more about Passover, so you can feel more comfortable participating in the holiday and explaining it to your children? The Seder Survival Guide is a free, fun, and interactive session that will prepare parents who are new to Judaism to celebrate Passover in a meaningful way with their families. Hosted by Congregation Beth Israel on Sunday, March 17, 10am, the class welcomes parents from throughout the Greater Hartford area.

Through hands-on activities and stimulating discussion, participants will explore the “how-tos” and purpose behind the various Passover rituals; examine some of the elements of the Passover seder; and learn the “dos and don’ts” of Passover food! Participants will also discover ways to answer their children’s questions and discuss some of the intricacies of participating in—or even hosting!—a Jewish holiday celebration when you yourself are not Jewish.

The Seder Survival Guide Prep Class will be held at Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave., West Hartford, on Sunday, March 17, 10am. The program is free and refreshments and childcare will be provided. To RSVP or learn more about the program, please visit www.cbict.org, or call 860-233-8215 x232. More information about the class’s sponsoring organizations, The Mothers Circle, and its creator, the Jewish Outreach Institute, is available by visiting motherscircle.org, and JOI.org.

Rabbi Kerry Olitzky, Executive Director of the Jewish Outreach Institute, says, “Sometimes it is hard to enter the rhythm of Jewish life, especially the rhythm of the Jewish calendar. This program helps ease that entry by providing insights, information, and inspiration.”

Rabbi Michael Pincus, Senior Rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel, welcomes people in all family constellations. Participants do not have to be affiliated with a Jewish institution or have any prior knowledge. The session will be led by Rabbi Sarah Rubin, Youth Education Director of Congregation Beth Israel.

The Jewish Outreach Institute (JOI) is an independent, national, trans-denominational organization reaching out to unengaged and intermarried Jewish families, and helping the organized Jewish community better welcome them in. JOI conducts research, runs programs, and serves as a national training institution and network for outreach professionals, guiding and supporting innovative outreach in communities throughout North America.

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