Passover Pages of Sinai Temple
Preparing for the 2017 Seder

Dear Friends -

I'm impressed!

I am so impressed by the abundance of Seder material on our Sinai Passover website.

Just take a peak at the Passover messages for the Seders of 2016, 2015, and 2014. (You can see the relevant links at the left of this screen.) The references inside each of those messages are fabulous. They speak to households with the tiniest of children scurrying all over the dining room. They speak to households where older children and adults are present.

Lots of fun in those annual messages PLUS all the other links down the side of this page.

For 2017, I'm only going to add a few thoughts.

First, two prayers you might use towards the beginning of your Seder or perhaps as you draw to a close PLUS links to ideas for families with young children.


I hope you are all happy and proud to be part of our Sinai community where the learning and the living can be so meaningful.

Rabbi Shapiro

Welcoming Passover

We are grateful:

For the laughter of the children and the beauties of nature,

For our health and our own life breath

For the abundance of food on this table

And the ones who prepared this feast

For the roof over our heads and the clothes on our backs

For the work that we do and the opportunities to give back to our communities

For this opportunity to celebrate with family and friends

For the freedom to pray these words without fear, in any language, among diverse faiths.

And we are mindful:

Of those who may be far from home this year

Who may be without a job, or struggling with illness

Who may be in the midst of conflict or war

Who especially at this season may be feeling the loss of a loved one

And so we pray for healing for them and for each of us

And we say:

May the Creator of All things, the One who makes peace in the heavens, teach us to make peace within ourselves, among ourselves and with all living beings on this planet.

A Wish for You

May you have ...

Enough happiness to keep you sweet;

Enough trials to keep you strong;

Enough sorrow to keep you human;

Enough hope to keep you happy;

Enough failure to keep you humble;

Enough success to keep you eager;

Enough friends to give you comfort;

Enough wealth to meet your needs;

Enough faith in yourself to inspire you to do your best, and

Enough determination to make each day better than yesterday.

Seder Ideas for Families with Young Children

Parenting at Passover: How do we share the story with our Kids

Passover Seder for Young Children

The Story of Passover: The Greatest Escape
  For reading to, or with, younger children