Top Ways To Celebrate Passover 2013 With Kids In Philadelphia

March 15, 2013 7:00 AM

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Passover is the Jewish spring festival celebrating freedom from slavery. The eight-day event starts at sunset on March 25 this year. As part of the festivities, it’s the parents’ responsibility to tell the story of Passover, or Pesach in Hebrew, to their children. Fortunately, there are local events that help teach, as well as other ways families can celebrate and learn about Jewish culture.
National Museum of American Jewish History
101 S. Independence Mall E.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 923-3811

To learn more about Jewish life in America, the National Museum of American Jewish History is the place to start. The museum covers everything from immigration to worship to celebrity. For kids, there are some touchable elements, including costumes and props. The museum is closed on March 26, the first day of Passover, and every Monday. Tickets for children younger than 12 are free, while tickets for adults are $12 each. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekends.

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Folkshul: Sunday Fundays
Springside School
8000 Cherokee St.
Philadelphia, PA 19118
(215) 248-1550

Date: March 17

Folkshul’s Sunday Fundays monthly program for March will focus on Pesach, or Passover. The free educational program is for preschool children and their parents. Sunday Fundays introduce children to Jewish holidays and culture through music, songs, stories and crafts. Folkshul is a secular humanist school with programs for all ages.

The 2nd Annual Philadelphia Seder
The Hyatt at the Bellevue
200 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 545-4400

Date: March 17

Gershman Y’s alternative seder to welcome Passover was so popular last year, it is moving down the street to accommodate more people this year. The event celebrates the themes of Passover through the work of local artists, musicians and dancers. This year’s headliner is Ballet X, but also includes master storyteller and narrator Charlotte Blake Alston, magician Ran’D Shine and singer/songwriter Ross Levy. The cocktail hour starts at 5 p.m., with the Seder from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are $80 or $60 for students.

Holiday Hands On Series
Congregation Kol Emet
1360 Oxford Valley Road
Yardley, PA 19067
(215) 493-8522

Date: March 24, 2013 at 10:30 a.m.

In the second event of its Holiday Hands On Series, Congregation Kol Emet will teach children about Passover. The series, which began with Shabbat earlier this month, is helping children learn about holidays by creating projects. The free program is open to children in kindergarten through second grade. Families can sign up for just one event in the series up to all three. The final event is Israel’s Birthday on April 21.

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“Fiddler on the Roof”
Sovereign Performing Arts Center
136 N. 6th St.
Reading, PA 19601
(610) 898-7469

Date: April 15

The North American Tour of the Tony Award-winning musical stops near Philadelphia just after Passover ends. “Fiddler on the Roof” tells the story of Tevye, who struggles between his Jewish traditions and his strong-willed daughters’ choices against them. Set in Russia in 1905, the family must also survive political struggles, ending with the Czar’s orders to leave their village. Musical numbers include theater favorites “Matchmatcher, Matchmaker,” “If I Were A Rich Man” and “To Life.”

Samantha Sinclair is a freelance writer who lives in South Jersey. She has two boys who love “adventuring.” Her work can be found at