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- Yaacov Cohen


Kita Zohar students enjoying their seder
April 2nd, 2015

In This Issue: 

  1. MJDS Celebrates Pesach

  2. Exodus from Morocco by Rimon student Maya

  3. Rikudiyah: The Israeli Dance Festival

  4. MJDS Upcoming Events

Kita Mazal seder

MJDS Celebrates Pesach


Every Passover, we gather with family and friends to retell the story of our exodus and the Jewish people's quest for freedom. MJDS children also gathered to prepare for and celebrate Passover creating unforgettable important Jewish experiences.


Shalhevet students at Baycrest

Rimon and Shalhevet students found links between the Haggadah story and a story of their own family, bringing together something special to their own seder to share during Maggid. We are honoured to share the one written by Rimon student Maya, please read it below!


On Wednesday children in Rimon and Shalhevet visited Baycrest Centre.  They put a play together for the seniors and played Passover Bingo. It was a joyful experience for everyone.


Magen David students have a tradition of bringing the various items of food and prepared their Seder in the class. The children enjoyed making a special recipe for charoset for the seder and matzah cake for desert. The leadership and initiative they show in planning, preparing and carrying out the whole event is remarkable.


Gefen and Mazal students sang songs all morning as they set the seder tables and then sat down as a community to enjoy the charoset that they had made together with other food from the kearat seder. They finished the day by searching for the Afikoman.


The toddlers of Kita Zohar love learning about the practical aspects of Pesach and what they can do to help prepare. Learning about the different parts of the seder plate and how to sing Pesach songs such as the Ma'nishtana gives the children a sense of responsibility, and helps them feel involved in the festivities. The toddlers also put their cooking skills to good use making their own charoset from start to finish. What a sweet way to learn!


Pesach Seder Photo Album

Bedikat Chametz was done in each classroom and on Wednesday morning Elementary children walked over to the sensorial garden to burn the chametz. See the action for yourself in this picassa album.


We wish you great joy this Passover. 


Chag Sameach.

Magen David begins their seder

Exodus from Morocco by Rimon student Maya


My family didn't always live in Canada, there was once a time when they lived in the ancient land of Morocco; a place of beauty, history and secrets. Sadly, nothing lasts forever; for one day, my family's time in Morocco had come to an end. Why you may ask? What was happening that prompted them to move? After the Six Day War in Israel, things changed for the Jews in Morocco.  Anti-Semitism had spread throughout the country and effected my family greatly after two of my grandmothers cousins were shot just for being Jewish. Read more here. 

Rimon, Shalhevet and Magen David burning chametz

Rikudiyah: The Israeli Dance Festival


MJDS Elementary students will once again take part in Toronto's 45th Annual Rikudiyah.  Led by Yaniv, our children dance with joy and style!   Rikudiyah will take place at the Schwartz/Reisman Centre on April 19th. Space is limited so be sure to purchase your tickets online for $10/each. If available, tickets will be sold at the door for $15.

MJDS Upcoming Events

April 2- 10 - Pesach Break - School Closed


April 19 
- Rikudiyah: MJDS Elementary Children Participate in the Israeli Dance Festival

April 20 - Spring Term After School Special Programs Begin (no Special Programs will run April 13-16)


May 1 - Café Theatre  Magen David Level 3 students  2:30 pm at Beth David