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Best Ways To Celebrate Passover 2013 With Kids In Washington DC

March 15, 2013 8:00 AM

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Passover is recognized as a popular Jewish festival that commemorates the exodus of the Israelites from slavery during biblical times. Enjoy delicious food and festive fun at one of these best places to celebrate Passover with kids in the Washington DC area.

Sixth & I Community Seder
Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
600 I St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 408-3100
www.sixthandi.org

Date: March 25

Celebrate the first night of Passover with a traditional Jewish ritual service and ceremonial dinner at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. Appropriate for children ages 13 and older, the holiday event will feature singing and spiritual reflection courtesy of Chazzan Larry Paul and well-known Jewish folk musician Robyn Helzner as well as a delicious kosher dinner. Vegetarian meal options will be available. The Sixth & I Historic Synagogue will also feature a creative participatory seder, courtesy of Rabbi Scott Perlo, immediately following the traditional service. The Sixth & I Historic Synagogue provides a variety of interactive programs throughout the year including concerts, plays, author readings and group discussions.

Parsha and Ping Pong with Rabbi Herzfeld
Ohev Sholom
1600 Jonquil St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20012
(202) 882-7225
www.ostns.org

Date: March 30

Come learn more about the Torah and have fun all at the same time. Held one hour prior to the afternoon Jewish prayer service, Parsha and Ping Pong with Rabbi Herzfeld features a 30-minute review of select passages of the Torah. Afterwards, the children can then play ping pong with friends for another 30 minutes. Children of all ages are encouraged to attend. Ohev Sholom offers a variety of programs for children including Tot Shabbat for children ages three and under, the Shabbat Club for pre-school and kindergarten-age children and Jimiyan for children in first, second and third grade. Each program offers games, storytelling, healthy snacks and interactive learning with volunteer leaders and other children.

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Tot Shabbat
Tifereth Israel Congregation
7701 16th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20012
(202) 882-1605
www.tifereth-israel.org

Date: March 16

Spend the day celebrating Passover with your littlest one at Tifereth Israel Congregation. Tot Shabbat features fun and games as well as a prayer service, spiritual songs, a reading of the Torah and a mini-kiddush for children ages five and under. Tifereth Israel Congregation offers a variety of kid friendly programs each week as well, like K’tongregation and Junior Congregation, which feature prayers, songs, Shabbat stories, play time and a small snack for children age five to 10 years old. Tifereth Israel Congregation also offers a variety of activities for older children including youth groups and conservative youth programs. These programs feature religious, educational, athletic and community-focused interactive events.

McLean Bible Church
8925 Leesburg Pike
Vienna, VA 22182
(703) 790-5590
www.mcleanbible.org

Date: March 30

Enjoy a delicious feast and listen to festive Jewish gospel music at the Passover banquet held at the McLean Bible Church. The feast will feature a variety of kosher friendly meals including matzo ball soup, roasted vegetables, whipped potatoes and chicken marsala for adults and chicken tenders, vegetables and a fruit cup for children. Reservations for the event are required and must be received by March 22. Proceeds for the feast will help benefit Jews for Jesus, an organization that supports open communication between the Jewish and Christian faiths. Childcare services will not be provided.

Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore
5700 Park Heights Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21117
(410) 542-4900
www.jcc.org

Date: April 3

Spend the morning creating arts and crafts, singing and dancing to songs and learning all about the traditions of Passover with this fun, hands-on, kid friendly activity. Perfect for little ones, the Hands-on Holidays Passover event will take place at the Southeast Anchor Library. The Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore hosts a variety of activities for children of all ages throughout the year including after-school care, mini-camps, fitness and dance classes, cub scouts, LGBTQ support and Jewish leadership programs.

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Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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