A Passover Message

Dear KSDS Families,

Passover is a time of symbols. The maror reminds us of the bitterness of slavery, the matzah reminds us of our haste in running to freedom, and the karpas reminds us of the opportunities for renewal at springtime. As Jews, we see symbols and ascribe values-based meaning to them, or, we identify our key values and create symbols and events to help keep those values at the forefront of the stories we tell.

At KSDS, it has been a season of symbols reflecting our school values as well. Field trip school buses on campus tell us that learning takes place beyond the four walls of the classroom. Sports games remind us of the value of teamwork, skill-building, friendly competition and risk-taking. An outstretched hand and kind smile represent the friendships and social growth opportunities that happen every single day at Krieger Schechter and are reinforced in our Bo N’Daber and Lunch Bunch programs as well as in our values-based teaching. Groups of students sitting together in classrooms and hallways are symbols of the collaborative learning spirit so central to our students’ development of critical thinking and cooperative problem-solving skills. And, ultimately, one of our favorite symbols – the raised hand in the classroom represents so much: a child’s eagerness to engage with learning; a thoughtful curiosity; an understanding of the support available between child and teacher; an alive connection between student, teacher, classmates and the learning material.

We thank our teachers, students and parents for your ongoing commitment to personal growth, academic excellence and character development that are the key values of Krieger Schechter Day School. We wish you all a joyous Passover holiday, and a (very, very) well-deserved spring break! 

Hag Sameah,

Rabbi Moshe Schwartz
Dr. Robyn Blum
Ms. Karen Booth

PS–Please enjoy this article, written by Dr. Shuly Rubin Schwartz, Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Chancellor Schwartz writes about “The themes of Passover, and the bonds of history, tie our struggles to those of Ukrainian Jews”.