... God took us out of Egypt with a strong hand and an outstretched arm, with awesome power, with signs and with wonders. ~ Deuteronomy 26:8

Pesach begins on the 15th of the Hebrew month of Nisan. It is the first of three agriculturally based, prilgrimmage festivals on the Jewish calendar. It also marks the beginning of the harvest season in Israel. Pesach's historical and religious origins in commemorating the exodus from Egypt have overshadowed its agricultural foundation.

Hundreds of years after the "Children of Israel" went down to Egypt with Joseph and his brothers, a "new king arose over Egypt who did not know Joseph." (Exodus 1:8). Almost overnight, the Israelites went from favored status to slavery. After generations of harsh labor, God spoke to Moses through the burning bush and instructed him to demand that Pharoah free the Jewish people.

Moses brought God's message to Pharoah, but the demands were ignored. In response, God brought ten plagues upon the Egyptians. After the last plague (the death of the first born), Pharaoh relented and allowed the Children of Israel to escape to the desert. With only a little time to prepare, they sold their possessions, took the jewelry of the Egyptian neighbors, gathered their flocks and put unbaked dough on their backs to bake in the hot desert sun as they began their journey.

Now, 3000 years later, when so much other history has been forgotten, Jews clean their homes each spring of all leavened dough and gather around their dining room tables to tell their children the story of slavery and the journey to freedom. Jews are commanded that "in every generation, each person must personally see himself as if s/he went forth from Egypt." The Haggadah offers guidance in setting the table with symbolic foods and telling the story to the next generation of Jews.

Pesach materials that can be downloaded and printed:
Right click on the image and copy it. Paste the image into a new document. You can resize this image. Print. Or click on the pdf icon and download the document and then print.


Fifteen pages of Pesach vocabulary.

Who's Got the Afikomen card game

Your students will review the Pesach story, symbols, and Hebrew words with this card game.

14 Steps of the Seder poster

Your students will review the 14 steps of the seder.

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Kosher L'Pesach or Chametz

Using these food photos, your students can sort kosher / nonkosher for Pesach foods. Your students can also sort these by color, shape, food catagory, etc. Let us know if you need the Hebrew printed on these cards.
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I Have...Who Has - 14 Seder Steps

This card game reviews the 14 steps of the seder. For an added treat, scan the qrs to learn a bit more about that part of the seder. Directions for play included.

Pesach - SmartBoard Activities

If you have a SmartBoard, this file contains various SmartBoard activities that can be used in the primary classroom, including the seder order, matching, finding the Afikomen, foods for Pesach and more.
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The 4s of Pesach

Your students review Pesach concepts.


Pesach - I Know the Mah Nishtanah

Reward your students with a sticker as they learn each of the 4 questions. Open up the word document and print on Avery round labels 5293.
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Pesach - Cut-Apart Puzzles

Prior to playing, cut the strips apart and place in an envelope/baggie. Each student will need one grid and the picture strips. The student glues the strips onto the grid to create a puzzle.




Passover - QR codes

View these two posters – each has a QR code. For videos explaining how to use QR codes on a smartphone, use the links below. Note that you need a “QR code reader” app (free) on your phone. A number of the JECC staff members use, but any is fine.

a. General overview -

b. Blackberry -

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Engaging Young Children at the Seder


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