CJA’s Passover Celebrations

In the week leading into spring break, the halls of our school echoed with the beautiful melodies of Passover as we gathered for our annual school-wide model Seder and preschool Seder. These events were not just about commemorating the traditional holiday, they were about weaving together the values of community, family, and learning.

As the festivities unfolded, it was evident that every detail had been carefully considered to create an atmosphere brimming with ruach (spirit). The gymnasium, adorned with colorful Passover decorations, served as the perfect backdrop for the occasion. Each student, from our youngest first grader to the seasoned ninth-grader, was equipped with their personalized Seder plate and prepared to contribute in their own way to the Seder. Led by our Grade 9 students, whose confidence and poise were truly commendable, the Seder unfolded seamlessly. Traditional Passover songs filled the air, bringing us back through generations as we sang Mah Nishtana, Dayenu, and Chad Gadya with heartfelt energy.

However, it wasn’t just the rituals that made these Seders special; it was the communal spirit and shared experiences that truly stood out. As the meal commenced, laughter and conversation flowed freely as students, teachers, and guests alike shared in this meaningful experience.

At the preschool Seder, the youngest members of our community stole the show. This year, a new tradition emerged as each student sat with their invited guests, creating intimate moments of learning, sharing, and connection. Watching these little ones share stories, sing songs, and embrace the significance of Passover was truly heartwarming and filled every onlooker with nachas.

Indeed, these celebrations exemplify CJA’s unwavering commitment to fostering a vibrant and inclusive Jewish community. L’dor v’dor, from generation to generation, we come together to celebrate our traditions, create lasting memories, and strengthen the bonds that unite us.