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Top Ways To Celebrate Passover 2013 With Kids In St. Louis

March 1, 2013 6:00 AM

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Each spring, Passover is a widely celebrated Jewish holiday because it commemorates the exodus of the Israelite people from their enslavement under the tyrant Pharaoh in ancient Egypt. Called “Pesach” in Hebrew, Passover lasts for eight days and includes many symbolic traditions such as the Seder, in which many culturally rich foods are eaten and the retelling of the Exodus story takes place.  The etymology of the name “Passover” refers to the portion of the bible story in which God “passed-over” the Israelites’ houses during the tenth and final plague. This year, Passover is from Monday, March 25 to Tuesday, April 2. For those who celebrate, there are plenty of fun events happening around town to make the holiday special. Here are the top ways to celebrate Passover 2013 in St. Louis.

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(Credit: AFP/Getty/Timothy A. Clary)

Matzah Mania
Jewish Community Center of St. Louis
JCC Staenberg Family Complex
2 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146
(314) 432-5700
www.jccstl.com
Date: March 10

Families with children six and under (siblings welcome) can head to the JCC Staenberg Family Complex in Creve Coeur and partake in some Passover fun together. Spend the morning at this festive event where the kids can craft their very own sedar plates to use at home in their own family seders. And if it’s called Matzah Mania, then certainly there will be a chance for families to make matzah together. Plus, there will storytelling and a fun “afikomen” hunt is planned, in which the kids will go on a search for the mysteriously missing matzah! This event is free for everyone, but registration is required, so call soon to sign the family up for a fabulous Passover celebration.

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(Credit: jewishinstlouis.org)

Storytime for Passover
Jewish In St. Louis
Saul Brodsky Jewish Community Library
12 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146
(314) 442-3720
www.jewishinstlouis.org
Date: March 19

Young children are invited with their families to the Jewish Federation of St. Louis’ Brodsky Library for a wonderful Passover storytelling hour. This free event includes crafts and treats connected with the holiday, and of course, storytelling time. Library director, Barb Raznick, will share several entertaining and educational stories with her friend the Passover Parrot. This event is also free to the public and all are welcome with their kids.

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(Credit: jccstl.com)

Nishmah Passover Journey
Jewish Community Center of St. Louis
JCC Staenberg Family Complex
2 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146
(314) 442-3268
www.jccstl.com
Date: March 12

Experience an inspirational evening of music and celebration with this unique, women-only event. Daughters, mothers, aunts, sister and friends can join Nishmah’s Pre-Passover Journey. This intergenerational event will feature creative, hands-on learning stations, gourmet appetizers, wine tasting and recipe sharing. The evening also includes an expo of Jewish art, music and gifts for sale by local female artists and boutique owners. Additionally, there will be a light dinner, followed by story, song and dance with musical guest Peri Smilow, international composer, artist, educator and activist. According to Nishmah Director, Sara Winkleman, “this is an opportunity for women of all backgrounds and knowledge to come together and get energized and inspired for the upcoming holiday.”

Chabad
St. Louis Chabad’s Matzah Bakery
JCC Staenberg Family Complex
2 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146
(314) 725-0400
www.showmechabad.com
Date: March 13

Join Chabad’s Matzah Bakery event for families and enjoy a truly hands-on baking experience. Kids will get to grind their own wheat into flour as they learn how to make matzah by hand. Chabad encourages parents and grandparents to bring children ages two to eight to enjoy the fun. There will also be a creative craft for the seder table and a Passover-themed puppet show. Kids are welcome to come in their PJs.

Related: Cooking Ideas For Kids From A St. Louis Chef

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NextDor Young Adult Second Night Seder
5062 Waterman Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108
(314) 632-6398
www.nextdorstl.com
Date: March 26

Located in the beautifully renovated, three-story house in the Central West End, NextDor’s seder is truly a one-of-a-kind experience in that it’s for young adults only. This local organization is for post-college, pre-family young adults (20s and 30s) looking to connect with others educationally, socially and through cultural opportunities, like Passover. NexDor’s seder will be lay-led and the prayer service will be compiled from sources of their own choosing. The event is free, but advanced registration is much appreciated. Don’t miss the chance to meet other young Jewish people in St. Louis looking to celebrate in a casual, interactive and creative way.

Related: Top Resources For Homeschool Families In St. Louis

Meredith Johns is a freelance writer covering all things St. Louis. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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