Passover is the annual celebration of the Jewish exodus from Egypt. The holiday is celebrated over eight days and is steeped in rich traditions and ceremonial foods. As one of the largest Jewish holidays, Passover is something that many people, of all religions, are interested in learning more about, so there are many great places offering courses, seders and other workshops to teach children and families all about the holiday. Take a look at these great ways for the whole family to celebrate Passover in Denver.
First Night Community Passover Seder
51 Grape St.
Denver, CO 80220
Date: March 25
If you are new to celebrating Passover, if you haven’t had to do the cooking before or if you just want to meet some new people and learn about the traditional foods and ceremonial customs, then this is a great place to start. Temple Emanuel is a Reform Synagogue offering a great Community Passover Seder. It will handle all the cooking while the rabbis and cantor lead the evening. A Perfect Pear will cater dinner which is guaranteed to include mazto ball soup, gefilte fish and all the traditional foods expected for a Passover seder.
Community Passover Sampling
Jewish Community Center
350 S. Dahlia St.
Denver, CO 80246
Date: March 17
Looking for a great way to introduce your young children to Passover, the traditions and more? Then look no further than this fun event at the Jewish Community Center in Denver. This interactive program is designed for children ages three through first grade, but is also designed for the whole family to enjoy. You and your kids will get to learn all about the story of Passover and the rich traditions while learning how to make matzah and other delicious holiday foods. This is the perfect introduction to Passover for young children.
Visit the Library
Denver Public Library
10 W. 14th Ave Parkway
Denver, CO 80204
If you are struggling to learn a bit more about Passover and want to really discover the story and traditions, then why not visit your local library to find out what the holiday is about? There are plenty of books that will help you to teach the whole family what happened, why the holiday is observed, why certain foods are eaten and more. It is a great way for kids that aren’t Jewish to learn more about their Jewish friends as well. Bring along the entire family and start your education about this important and interesting holiday.
Date: March 24
Beth Ami from the Colorado Congregation for Humanistic Judaism is also holding an open community Passover Seder for everyone that would like to learn more about the holiday and the Humanistic Jewish view. It is a wonderful way to meet other families with similar interests while enjoying the Passover seder together. This pot luck-style seder asks that every family bring a side dish, main dish or dessert to serve 15–20 people, giving you the chance to sample of many different families’ traditional Passover recipes. It’s like being welcomed into 20 different homes for the holiday. Be sure to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Start your Passover education at home on your computer with this fantastic resource for the whole family. Learn the Passover story, find out why Jewish families have to go through such a big house cleaning, learn wheat goes on a seder plate and all about the process of the seder. What’s more is that this interactive and fun site will present these great informative lessons in fun ways that your kids will love. It is like playing video games and learning about Passover all at the same time. There are also lots of great activities that you can print out and complete with your kids.
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