Tips for making the Seder special

Dear Scouts:

Passover begins with the first Seder on Monday night. Part of the mitzvah of the Seder is to tell the story of the Exodus. Here are a few ideas to help you do that and to be an active part for this big event:

1. Organize a skit to act out part of the Exodus. This is a great way to get younger family members or guests to participate.

2. Find things around the house that represent the Ten Plagues, or make simple symbols for them.  You can download pictures of frogs and locusts. Use ketchup drops for blood. Be creative!

3. Ask older family members and guests what the Seder was like when they were young.

4. If you know of someone who doesn’t have a Seder to attend, ask your parents or host family if you can invite them to join you.

5. Organize clean-up for after the Seder meal, just like you would after a campout meal. (Do not be surprised if the family does not use the “three-pot” method for clean-up or does not do a cold rinse with a drop of bleach.)

6. Passover is our festival of freedom. Ask people at the Seder to explain one freedom they appreciate.

7. Learn the story of one of the Passover songs or a part of the Seder (lots of resources online). Talk about it at Seder.

8. Make your own version of the Four Questions. They should be about Passover or the Seder. Ask them at the Seder and see what answers you get.

9. Do the Jeopardy game show version of the last idea. Give everyone four answers and see if they can come up with the questions.

10. Set aside some money for tzedakah (charity) before Passover. At the Seder, have a discussion among the family and guests about a good charity to receive the money.

Shabbat shalom, Chag Kasher v’Sameach (have a happy, kosher holiday) and Happy Passover,


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