Dear Beit Rabban Community,
Despite the winter weather, Chag Ha-Aviv (the holiday of spring) is just around the corner and Pesach learning was in full swing this week. As I write this message, I can hear Gan students enthusiastically singing Kadesh Urchatz, Mah Nishtanah and Oh Listen King Pharaoh from down the hall!
Pesach learning at Beit Rabban is a multi-disciplinary, multi-sensory experience, incorporating literacy, math, music, art, cooking and more. Students tally what kinds of vegetables their peers use for karpas, illustrate parts of the haggadah, write summaries of the Pesach story, and bake matzah and make charoset,
In addition to learning the story of Pesach, the parts of the seder and how the holiday is celebrated, each student creates a project to bring home, and each class in Kevutzot has a unique thematic focus to their learning.
For example, in preparation for their upcoming explorations study of Culture and World Communities, Shtillim students are learning about how Jewish communities in different parts of the world have celebrated Pesach. Students interviewed staff and family members about their customs and listened to different melodies for Dayenu that come from Jewish communities in the Netherlands, Morocco and Algeria.
In connection with their study of slavery and emancipation, Nitzanim students are learning the rabbinic concept of "matchil b'genut u'mesayem b'shevach"-"one begins the story with disgrace and ends with praise." Students are exploring different ideas about what genut (disgrace) and shevach (praise) look like today and who in the world is living in situations of disgrace. They are also learning about contemporary innovative rituals for the seder that highlight these situations.
In addition, students in all grades are learning about and talking about Pesach in Hebrew. They are developing their conversation and writing skills as they move from using short phrases to talk about the items on the seder plate in the Gan to using complete sentences to talk about the foods they like and don't like to eat on Pesach in Shorashim. And in Shtillim, students focused on the skill of recapping, using past tense third person to summarize a midrash about Moshe growing up and writing journal entries from the perspective of the daughter of Pharaoh.
Students are looking forward to sharing their learning with you next week!
Wishing all a restful and rejuvenating Shabbat,