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Swarms of locusts, hail storms, promises broken, waters parted… these are just some of the highlights of the Passover story which children will hear during the upcoming model seder during religious school on Sunday, April 1, at Fox Valley Jewish School (FVJS).
Want to hear more? Anyone wishing to learn and experience a bit of what Passover seder is all about is welcome to attend, along with the students and parents of this school run by Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors (FVJN), in downtown Geneva.
In Jewish schools and synagogues around the world, children sit down and participate in what is called a “model seder”. The idea behind the model seder is to provide a simulation of the family seder that will allow students to learn about the parts of and participate and understand the whole seder at home. For children whose families do not participate in a seder, it provides an opportunity to experience this particular Jewish ceremony. Participants also further develop their personal connections to the traditions of the Jewish people.
The FVJS model seder will be held on Sunday, April 1, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. FVJN is located at 121 S. Third St. in Geneva. People interested in attending the model seder should RSVP right away to: Rachely@fvjn.org, in order for the school to prepare for all who come.
Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors (FVJN) is a nonprofit community group composed of Jewish individuals and interfaith families located in central Kane County and nearby towns. The goal of this group is to develop a cohesive Jewish community in the Fox Valley area for religious, charitable and educational purposes.
For additional information and upcoming events, visit www.fvjn.org.