Ashkenazim/S’fardim

A great day in Religious School with my 6th graders.
I was very nervous about Family Education Day, which is next Sunday morning with my 6th grade students and their parents, because after spring break we only had three religious school days to get it together!
The director read my mind when she suggested that we share with the parents the differences regarding seders between Ashkenazim and S’fardim. So, between what I knew and research that I did, I wrote out several of the differences, and my husband printed them out on 4X6 cards from the computer which saved me a lot of time. Today, I had the students pick cards from a basket so this way there are no complaints about who I gave longer readings to. We went over a few musical pieces from the Hagadah and it all came together so beautifully! We practiced singing the order of the seder, Ma Nishtana, and V’hi Sheamda. I choose Ma Nishtana, so that way I can review the Four Questions with them regarding melody, meaning and symbolizim, and sing it for the parents Sunday. I chose the order of the seder because I noticed how few Religious School students knew it over the past several years. This way they will know it, for Sunday and their seders as well as possible. V’hi Sheamda I chose because it is a fun melody and has beautiful meaning.
This evening I put everything in a folders for the children so it looks professional.

Tuesday is our last rehearsal, only after two, but I am confident that it will be a great morning with lots of learning and good feelings.

Have a great week everyone!

About cantorrisa

I am a Cantor, Judaic Studies, and music teacher. I enjoy sharing my knowledge, and help people from young to old love being Jewish. I teach and sing in several synagogues and schools in the area. I officiate all life cycle events and teach students, children and adults, privately for their b'nai mitzvah ceremonies. I also enjoy studying Bible with all faiths either individually or in small groups (chevruta). I conduct Shabbat and High Holiday Services at K'hilat Bayt Shira and Senior Communities in the area. In my spare time, I teach key board and guitar. I am married to a wonderful man, have two children and six grandchildren. My hobbies are writing, playing and listening to music, learning, reading, crocheting and knitting.
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