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Temple Sholom Students Celebrate Passover

Cantor Darcie Sharlein with third-grade stuents at Temple Sholom. Credits: Temple Sholom

Religious School students at Temple Sholom celebrated Pesach in a unique way this year — with a human seder plate.

The kids spent time at different stations experiencing activities based on the foods of the seder plate, such as learning about the bitterness of slavery while eating matzo and bitter herbs. At the charoset station, the students learned the origin of the apples-and-wine Passover food (Song of Songs) and wrote their own poetic description of the dish while eating it.

“It’s very important to give our students the opportunities for experiential and sensory education,” said the school's director, Jenny Winters. “Not only do they enjoy themselves - they want to continue these traditions at home with their families.”

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The afternoon culminated with a group singing of The Four Questions led by Rabbi Joel Abraham, Cantor Darcie Sharlein and Winters. Parents who came to pick up their children joined in, and every family was given a paper seder plate as they left.

“I am really excited about the parent involvement that is growing through dedicated volunteers,” Winters added.

About Temple Sholom

Founded in 1913, Temple Sholom is a Reform Jewish Congregation led by Rabbi Joel N. Abraham and Cantor Darcie Sharlein. The Temple and its religious school is home to about 250 families from the greater Scotch Plains-Fanwood area. Currently residing within the Fanwood Presbyterian Church, the Temple has begun building its future home on five acres of land in Scotch Plains. Temple Sholom is a member of the Union for Reform Judaism. For more information about the Temple or joining the congregation, please call 908-889-4900, e-mail or visit

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