It was great to get back from my first visit to Israel in 15 years! My main purpose for going was to reunite with many friends all over the country, and to see the incredible changes in Israel since I was there last in 1999. Luckily, my first day back at the Cohen school coincided with a visit from Matan Graf, our Israeli Emissary. I showed the kids some of my pictures and explained about some of the places I had been and what I had seen. Matan also gave us a "virtual tour" of Israel via the interactive web site of the Israeli Ministry of Tourism. Matan also talked about Passover in Israel and how he and many Israelis celebrate the holiday--with a Seder, of course, but also with hiking and camping. Pesach is a big school vacation in Israel, so many families head out into the natural beauty of Israel.
Our discussions about Passover focused on the structure of the the Seder and some history of how the Seder was celebrated over various periods of history. The kids rehearsed singing the 2nd of the Four Questions, which they performed beautifully at the school seder.
Here's a video of them singing it!: