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Temple Sholom hosts free Seder Survival prep class

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Posted: Thursday, March 7, 2013 10:30 am

Temple Sholom of Floral Park will be hosting a free, fun and interactive one-time Seder Survival Guide prep class on Thursday, March 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. at 262-22 Union Turnpike to prepare parents and everyone looking to refresh their Seder skills.

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 Mothers Circle, a series of free programs for women of other religious backgrounds raising Jewish children within the context of intermarriage, has designed the Seder Survival Guide prep class just for you.

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.

“Sometimes it is hard to enter the rhythm of Jewish life, especially the rhythm of the Jewish calendar,” said Rabbi Kerry Olitzky, executive director of the Jewish Outreach Institute, the organization that operates The Mothers Circle nationally and created the High Holiday Highlights program.

Cantor JosÈe Wolff, spiritual leader of Temple Sholom in Floral Park, said, “Passover seders can be a challenge for many Jewish families, whether both parents grew up Jewish or not. The class will offer you the tools that can make this ritual meal into a meaningful and engaging event; an event that our children and grandchildren will not only remember fondly but which will also teach and inspire them as they grow Jewish-ly.”

To make reservations or for directions, call (718) 343-8660 or visit the web at templesholom.org. To learn more about the program, contact Cantor JosÈe Wolff at clergy@templesholom.org.

You can also learn more about the class’s sponsoring organizations, The Mothers Circle and its creator, the Jewish Outreach Institute, by going online motherscircle.org and JOI.org.

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