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Old 03-31-2007, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Twin Cities
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Hey all,

I am attending my first ever Passover Seder Tuesday at a friend's synagogue. It's the second night seder so it will not be at a family's home. I've been doing a bit of research but am not sure what to expect, and how to prepare my 8 year old. The entire family is going and we're all very excited and interested to learn about the Jewish faith, specifically the Passover.
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Old 03-31-2007, 10:23 AM
 
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Hey all,

I am attending my first ever Passover Seder Tuesday at a friend's synagogue. It's the second night seder so it will not be at a family's home. I've been doing a bit of research but am not sure what to expect, and how to prepare my 8 year old. The entire family is going and we're all very excited and interested to learn about the Jewish faith, specifically the Passover.
I've never been to any Jewish events, being raised Baptist and all, but could you find out where they get those little caps, the yarmulke's? I have been losing a lot of hair in the dome area and that would be a nice cover-up for me.
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Old 03-31-2007, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Springfield, Missouri
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Hey all,

I am attending my first ever Passover Seder Tuesday at a friend's synagogue. It's the second night seder so it will not be at a family's home. I've been doing a bit of research but am not sure what to expect, and how to prepare my 8 year old. The entire family is going and we're all very excited and interested to learn about the Jewish faith, specifically the Passover.
I love Jewish Seders!!! I went to the home version and it was a beautiful ceremony. I just followed what the people sitting to either side of me did and it goes slowly. You get food, but it's very small portions (in my experience) and you have to eat it at the right times as each part is symbolic and meaningful and goes with specific parts of the Seder. I was STARVING and wanted to grab things off my neighbor's plates.
Lesson learned.... EAT first before going to the Seder so you can survive the slow pace!!! Otherwise, it's wonderful and I loved every second of it
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Old 03-31-2007, 10:26 AM
 
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Great idea! I will ask my co-worker about that on Monday. And yes, it sure would be nice to have a cover up like that...I could use one myself!
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Old 03-31-2007, 10:27 AM
 
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I love Jewish Seders!!! I went to the home version and it was a beautiful ceremony. I just followed what the people sitting to either side of me did and it goes slowly. You get food, but it's very small portions (in my experience) and you have to eat it at the right times. I was STARVING and wanted to grab things off my neighbor's plates.
Lesson learned.... EAT first before going to the Seder so you can survive the slow pace!!! Otherwise, it's wonderful and I loved every second of it
Good to know! My wife is picking up the kids and we're meeting there so I will have her pack some extra snacks for the kids...and maybe I'll eat a healthy lunch that day too!
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Old 03-31-2007, 10:28 AM
 
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Hey all,

I am attending my first ever Passover Seder Tuesday at a friend's synagogue. It's the second night seder so it will not be at a family's home. I've been doing a bit of research but am not sure what to expect, and how to prepare my 8 year old.
Feed him a hearty snack or light meal before you go. The services, songs, prayers and blessings can try the patience of a hungry child.

As for yourself... how do I put this? Be prepared to suppress tears as the ritual beauty and symbolism (and all that it foretells!) unfold right before you. My eyes are brimming even as I type this!

What a blessing and honor you have been granted, to attend a seder.
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Old 03-31-2007, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Boca Raton
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I've been to two at friends homes and one in a restaurant. Really great experiences. My son went to one with me- he was about 8. One of the many wonderful Jewish traditions.

Just don't offer to bring a ham!
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Old 03-31-2007, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Journey's End
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Yes, the services can be very slow, especially for children. But, not enough food, that sounds funny as I've never been to a Jewish ceremony that didn't include too much food!

However, be prepared for the songs, prayers and if your children are the youngest, for them to be included in the questions and ceremony.

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Feed him a hearty snack or light meal before you go. The services, songs, prayers and blessings can try the patience of a hungry child.

As for yourself... how do I put this? Be prepared to suppress tears as the ritual beauty and symbolism (and all that it foretells!) unfold right before you. My eyes are brimming even as I type this!

What a blessing and honor you have been granted, to attend a seder.
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Old 03-31-2007, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Twin Cities
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Yes, the services can be very slow, especially for children. But, not enough food, that sounds funny as I've never been to a Jewish ceremony that didn't include too much food!

However, be prepared for the songs, prayers and if your children are the youngest, for them to be included in the questions and ceremony.

Good to know! Fortunately this service is geared for kids so that will be helpful as we're bringing the 4 year old too. My co-worker as an 18 month old so his son will be there too. Just hearing from you all's experiences is getting me more excited for the event.
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Old 03-31-2007, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Journey's End
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If you get a chance, perhaps you can pick up a pamphlet that is generally published at Passover that includes the questions and addresses some of the ceremony attached to the service. You can usually get it in large urban areas even in a coffee shop, if the area has a large Jewish population. If not, no worry, if it is a complete service, the family will have more than enough to go around.

Just a thought!

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Good to know! Fortunately this service is geared for kids so that will be helpful as we're bringing the 4 year old too. My co-worker as an 18 month old so his son will be there too. Just hearing from you all's experiences is getting me more excited for the event.

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