For Kids: Passover

By Matt Hawkins


Passover celebrates the liberation of the Jews from Egyptian slavery. My favorite Jewish holiday, we enjoy the company of family and friends at our table. As we eat and enjoy wine (or grape juice for the kids), we wait for Elijah to visit us.

Probably not what one would consider a typical seder here in North America, this video captures a snapshot of an Ethiopian family’s Passover seder in Israel.

Like most of us, the family makes sure the house is tidy and has matzah ready to go before Passover starts. But how many of us burn the bread crumbs that we find as we clean, and use a candle to check for crumbs under the bed? And make our own matzah? (I want the recipe for that!)

Despite the differences, everything else seems so familiar. The large family gathered around a table, reading the Haggadah, leaving a glass of wine for Elijah, hunting for the afikoman

This is a good introduction for children to the diversity of Jewish culture and a discussion starter for us in the Diaspora.

Thanks to Shalom Sesame for the video.


About Matt Hawkins

Matt Hawkins is a freelance photo journalist who raises his family in Franklin, MA. He is widely recognized for making the area's best latkes and challah.