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Best Ways To Celebrate Passover 2013 With Kids In Charlotte

March 15, 2013 8:00 AM

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Passover, or Pesach in Hebrew, is celebrated March 25 to April 2 this year. The origins of Passover centered around ancient Israel spring celebrations of the first grain harvest and the birth of the first lambs. The multi-faith theme of this holiday is redemption. It is a remembrance of the night when God passed over the homes of the Israelites  during the tenth plague and the exodus out of slavery in Egypt to freedom. The focus of Pesach is the Seder. It is a symbolic-rich meal completed in 15 steps that tells the story of God’s grace from bondage to freedom. In Charlotte, Passover will be celebrated in homes, community gatherings, temples and churches.

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Temple Beth El (Credit, Catherine Lash)

Outside Passover
Temple Beth El
5101 Providence Road
Charlotte, NC 28226
(704) 366-1948

Date: Apr. 8 – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Here is a relaxing, informal way to celebrate Passover with the kids! Temple Beth El is located in Shalom Park, however, this outside event will be located at a nearby park. If the little ones have energy to burn, playground equipment will be near by. Rabbi Jonathan Freirich will lead the activities with a short hike and teaching. Kids will take in the fresh smells of the spring season and the awe of nature. For instance, a mundane fallen log can represent the cycles of life — new and dying. There will be a yoga class, socializing and age-appropriate activities for the kids. It will culminate with a picnic lunch. Of course, no leaven, no grain, no bread.

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Passover dishes (Credit, Catherine Lash)

Discovered Traditions Gift Shop
Temple Beth El
5101 Providence Road
Charlotte, NC 28226
(704) 749-3060

Discovered Traditions Gift Shop is located inside Temple Beth El. Its shelves are stocked with books, toys, festival candles and handmade pieces of ceremonial dishes used during the Passover days. What better way to create memories and a rich learning experience than to create a Seder at home. Parts of the intricate meal are joyous, other parts serious. Books in the gift shop contain craft-related activities and Passover recipes. There are coloring books, a Seder plate puzzle, bag of plagues, place mats and place cards. Choose from a beautiful, formal Seder plate or an everyday selection. Shop early, as they sell out fast. Celebrate with happy songs, a simple or lavish meal and invite a few friends or relatives!

Gleiberman’s Kosher Mart & Restaurant

5668-D International Drive
Charlotte, NC 28270
(704) 563-8288

If you’re planning a Seder meal at home, Gleiberman’s is the perfect place to find the Jewish foods and ingredients for the recipes. They will stock over 500 items for Passover. The store has serviced the community for over 22 years. Teach the kids how to mix, shape and cook the matzo ball. The store carries up to five brand mixes for this Jewish food specialty. Find a macaroon mix or the ingredients to make this popular sweet cookie. Since no leavened bread is eaten at Passover, select from a variety of matzah. Find everything needed to complete the festival preparations. Let it become a cherished time of family fun and stories.

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Passover 2013 –Behold The Lamb

Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotel
2800 Coliseum Centre Drive
Charlotte, NC 28217
(877) 591-0687

Date: Friday, March 29–4 p.m. and Sunday, March 31–5 p.m.
Price: For prices click here.

This event is produced by Michael Rood of A Rood Awakenings, International. The presentation will celebrate the Hebrew roots of the Christian faith. The evening will include a Passover meal, a lamb roasting demonstration, bake your own matzah bread during the Matzah Mixer and a special music guest. Michael Rood is an author, historian and a talk show host. He conducts tours of Israel.

The Model Matza Bakery

Jewish Ballantyne Center
8632 Bryant Farms Road
Charlotte, NC 28277
(704) 246-8881

Dates: click here for dates
Price: $10 per child

The Model Matza Bakery at the Jewish Ballantyne Center is open to the public. It will be led by Rabbi Yisrael! Spring cleaning and preparations for Passover go hand-in-hand. Every bit of leavening agent must be cleaned from the house. That is every crumb of bread, cookie or bit of yeast. When complete, the head of the household announces that his house is rid of leaven. Unleavened bread or matza is an important element in the Seder meal. This will be a fun hour of learning the traditions of Passover with the kids. In the kitchen of the Jewish Ballantyne Center, kids will make matza bread from scratch. Grind the flour, roll it flat and round, bake it, and take it home. Listen as the Rabbi shares Jewish customs and traditions with the kids! Please RSVP.

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Catherine Lash engagingly connects with people. She has learned that interested listening and thoughtful questioning are the means through which collaboration creates a story. She grew up traveling the world and learning military life in an Air Force family of seven. She currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and three kids. Her work can be found at

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