Students are already at home on a break for Passover at the Chabad Jewish Academy in Myrtle Beach.
But, in the days leading up to the break the classrooms were filled with learning activities centered on the holiday. Students baked the matza bread, held a model Seder and studied in classrooms decorated specifically for the holiday, said Rabbi Doron Aizenman.
Following the final lunch before their break Wednesday, staff cleaned out the kitchen for Monday’s community Seder.
While the students weren’t there for the cleaning of the kitchen, 8-year-old Romi Zohar said the cleaning at home is one of her favorite parts of Passover.
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She said they search their home “to check for stuff we can’t eat during Passover,” and rid the home of those items.
Zohar said she doesn’t always like the work, but she likes spending that time with her family.
Most of the students agreed eating matza – the unleavened bread – with chocolate is their favorite part.
“It’s like a cracker,” said 8-year-old Dan Azulay. “With chocolate it tastes delicious.”
Eliya Karoutchy, also 8, agreed with her classmates about the chocolate covered matza, but she most likes seeing family. She said she’s an only child, but every Passover guests come and she seems to meet a new family member.
In the pre-school class Wednesday, the students sat on the floor with baby Moses in a basket on top of blue fabric. Everyone grabbed a piece of the fabric, moving it to make it flow like the waves on the Nile, while singing a song that tells the story of Moses.
The song, “Moses in the Basket,” is one Osnat Chiprot, who teaches the class, remembers from her own childhood.
The kids couldn’t get enough, starting a chorus of, “Again! Again!” as soon as the song ended.
In their classroom there also was a station made to look like a dining table with all the foods and drink served during a Passover Seder. Chiprot said it’s important for the preschoolers to start learning and understanding the traditions early.