Practicing the Four Questions


1. Save the Date: Passover Family Workshops & Concert!

Saturday April 13: Shabbat services begin at 9:30, followed by Passover Family Workshops at 10:30

Passover Around the World Workshops

Kindergarten through 4th grade families will travel the world learning about different Passover traditions through crafts, recipes, songs and more!
5th and 6th grade families will participate in a Seder Around the World!

All Yachad families are invited to join us! K-4th grade students must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.

2. Noah Aronson Concert

Noah Aronson Artist-in-Residence, April 13

We are excited to have Noah Aronson as a special musical guest! He will help lead Gan Shabbat and teach us the Goofy Goof dance, which children will then teach everyone in the sanctuary! Take a sneak peak at the music video and tutorial to start learning at home! During our Family Workshops he will share some musical accompaniment for the 5th/6th Grade Seder Around the World. Following our Passover Workshops, please join for a special family-friendly performance at 11:45. Free and open to all!

3. Havdalah Hootenanny Celebrating Sarah Grabiner

Saturday April 13, 5:30-7:30
Sing, learn, and say thanks to Sarah Grabiner for her 2 years of dedicated service as CBE’s cantorial intern! A brilliant, multi-talented teacher and prayer leader, Sarah has endeared herself to the Brooklyn Jews community; to Gan Shabbat families; to teen Torah chanters; and especially to our 2018 b’nei mitzvah, whose preparation she oversaw during Cantor Josh Breitzer’s sabbatical. Sarah recently accompanied many of those former b’nei mitzvah students to Israel as part of CBE’s largest-ever annual 8th grade trip. Following her ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in May, Sarah will relocate back to her native United Kingdom to serve Radlett Reform Synagogue. Join the clergy team, together with artist-in-residence Noah Aronson and musical members of all ages, as we send Sarah off with singing, stories and profound gratitude!

Jewish Studies

This week, we continued working out of our Haggadot as we examined the seder plate, discussed the 10 plagues, and made our own comic book versions of the Passover story. We also practiced singing the four questions in Tefilah with Rabbi Epstein. The students asked some very interesting questions about chametz (the foods we do not eat on Passover) and why some people eat different things on Passover depending on where their families came from.

HTM with Inbal

This week we continued our Passover unit by reviewing the follow words and the various names of items one would usually find on a seder plate (ke’a’rah shel pesach). Students also began to practice the different seder rituals using their Hebrew.

Hametz – חמץ

Matza – מצה

Matzot – מצות

HTM with Sharone

Students looked at some pictures and props of the ritual foods that go on the seder plate (ke’a’rah shel pesach) and followed various commands in Hebrew while engaging with the following parts: beitzah/egg, karpas/green vegetable and matzah/matzot. We then focused on the 3rd question of the Ma Nishtana song by following the command “litbol karpas pa’am echat, litbol karpas pa’amaim (dip the parsley once, dip the parsley twice) and practiced singing the 3rd question. On Tuesday, we reviewed body parts in Hebrew by playing a few rounds of “Shimon Omer/Simon Says.” We then practiced saying the blessing before eating the matzah, and eating a small piece. We also practiced dipping karpas into salt water (litbol/to dip) and saying the blessing “borei pri ha’adamah” before tasting some parsley. This coming Shabbat, we will follow commands that engage us with charoset and maror (bitter herbs) and practice the 4th question of Ma Nishtana.