STAGS J–Club celebrate The Annual Festival of Passover

2Over 35 students attended J-club at lunchtime on Monday 3 April to learn more about the Jewish celebration of pesach, meaning ‘to Pass over’.

The eight-day festival of Passover is celebrated in the early spring, from the 15th through the 22nd of the Hebrew month of Nissan (April 10–18, 2017). It commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in Ancient Egypt. It is observed by avoiding leaven (bread), and highlighted by the Seder meals that include four cups of wine, eating matzah and bitter herbs, and retelling the story of the Exodus.

This annual STAGS event, educating students about the Passover story through an edible ‘Chocolate Seder’ has proved to be not only memorable but also thought provoking, as students questioned the use of slavery through the ages, as well as drawing poignant parallels with contemporary society and the refugee crisis today. The symbolic notion of ‘memory’ when the Jews retell the story of their ancestry leaving Egypt, ties in with the REP theme in which to study Judaism, through the lense of remembering. This was captured when explaining the meaning behind each food item on the ‘seder plate’ which you eat throughout the service; with the students luckily tasting dark chocolate sauce as part of our chocoholic festivities as opposed to the literal bitterness of salt water, to remember the tears of those enslaved.

A packed session saw students enjoying themselves tasting different types of Mazah crackers, (a substitute for bread not eaten during Passover) and drinking little cups of chocolate milk shake (instead of the traditional wine) whilst listening to Year 8 Director of Learning Miss Kalmanson telling the story of the Exodus.

Sincere thanks to Miss Brock and Miss Kalmanson for arranging such a fun and highly informative session which was clearly enjoyed by all who attended.

Miss Kalmanson