Growing up, I always dreaded the model seders in my Hebrew School. They were long and boring
and that little purple Haggadah still sends me into a “I don’t want to do it” mood! As the Education Director at Temple Tifereth Israel in Malden, MA, I had to decide what we would do for Passover. Last year, we did activities and did not do a model seder, but this year I committed to doing one. I knew it had to be different than a traditional model seder!
Working with my talented teaching staff, we came up with a theme for our seder. TTI is filled with very creative individuals and the last time they did a model seder it was Passover in Space, so in respect of April Fool’s Day, we decided to do a Backwards Seder Set in the Land of Chelm!
Starting with Nirtzah and Ending with the Order of the Seder, we spent Sunday morning getting ready for Pesach! Our students (and parents) were amused by saying the Kiddush backwards, 4 times; finding the afikomen and eating our meal at the beginning; getting hailed on from the ceiling where we set up packing peanuts to rain down on us, this was of course before rice (lice) and frogs came flying at us from our 1st grade class; chanting the Four Questions starting with question 4, and singing the order of the seder forward and then backwards (which wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be!) Overall it was a very fun and amusing way to get ready for Passover!
Liz Corman Shiro
Director of Education
Temple Tifereth Israel