My Hag­gadah: Made It Myself

Francine Her­melin Levite
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By – April 27, 2012

Francine Her­melin Levite has cre­at­ed an incred­i­ble Hag­gadah designed espe­cial­ly for young chil­dren. My Hag­gadah: Made It Myself is an inter­ac­tive hands-on book that start­ed out as a way for Levite to keep her young child’s atten­tion dur­ing the Passover Seder. It’s pop­u­lar­i­ty soared and copies of the book spread among her com­mu­ni­ty. Levite has now made it avail­able to the gen­er­al pub­lic and it’s a must-have resource for parents. 

The book is writ­ten for par­ents to use with their chil­dren. In addi­tion to many of the basic bless­ings, sto­ries and songs found in a tra­di­tion­al Hag­gadah, Levite adds pages for cre­ativ­i­ty such as a blank Elijah’s cup for dec­o­rat­ing, speech bub­bles to devel­op a con­ver­sa­tion between Moses and Pharaoh, and an emp­ty plate for draw­ing a favorite Seder meal. There are sim­ple art projects to cre­ate and stick­ers to place on the emp­ty Seder plate and for the Ten Plagues. The text is sim­ple and kid-friend­ly and expla­na­tions are included. 

Whether you choose to use this book as your actu­al Hag­gadah or just as an enjoy­able fam­i­ly project, if you have young chil­dren you will find that My Hag­gadah: Made it Myself will enhance the Passover expe­ri­ence for your entire fam­i­ly. Rec­om­mend­ed for ages 4 and up. 

Mar­cia Ber­neger is a retired teacher who lives with her hus­band and three crazy dogs. She taught both first and sec­ond grade, as well as spe­cial edu­ca­tion. She cur­rent­ly teach­es Torah school, in addi­tion to her vol­un­teer work in class­rooms, libraries, and with var­i­ous fundrais­ers. She lives in San Diego.

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