By Alison Litvin
Religious School Administrator
Celebrating Passover together, the Kornblau Religious School created a new family tradition to connect with each other beyond the virtual classroom.
Inspired by the Flat Stanley story, school staff created a “Flat Elijah” cut-out for students to color and personalize. Families then photographed Flat Elijah visiting their Seder, creating a uniquely Or Atid album highlighting the Prophet Elijah’s Passover journey from table-to-table.
Students each received Flat Elijah as part of their Seder-in-a-Box Family Activity kit, packaged and delivered by the school’s team of teachers. Chocolates and treats represented each item on the Seder Plate, as classes enjoyed a tasty, virtual mini-Seder before spring break.
As they prepare for their upcoming B’nei Mitzvahs, Morah Tal’s 6th-7th grade class has completed their journey through the Shabbat service. Analyzing the words of each prayer, students explored the meaning behind each blessing to understand the order of the service.
To wrap up the school year and put all they have learned together, students will be creating a Prayer Board Game upon returning from spring break. Helping younger students learn about the prayers, each game will go through the Shabbat service as interpreted by each of Morah Tal’s students.
This school year, the Religious School has prioritized student engagement and involvement in the virtual classroom. On Sunday, May 2, the school will open its virtual doors for an online Community Day.
Families are invited to sit in on a live session to meet the teachers and experience the school’s unique approach to distance learning. To register for the online open house, or for more information about the school, please contact Religious School Administrator Alison Litvin, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Congregation Or Atid at (804) 740 – 4747.