Temple Sinai hosted its first Passover Olympic Games on Sunday featuring religious school students from kindergarten through high school competing in various sports events.
The goal was to use sports to educate students about the holiday of Passover, which began at sundown on Friday and lasts for eight days.
“This event is important because it not only engages all of our youth, but also our families, congregants, and staff,” said Bethany Leinweber, Temple Sinai’s director of youth education, outreach and engagement. “It’s both enjoyable and educational. Learning doesn’t have to be from a book or a teacher standing in front of a class talking, it can be experiential as well.”
Students participated in various sports connected to the Passover story and Seder. Led by a captain, each team created a song, cheer, dance, and plaque. Competitions centered on various aspects of Passover rituals as well as the items found on a Passover Seder plate.
Teams were judged on the competitions and were awarded gold, silver, or bronze Kippots (head coverings).
Temple Sinai, 4631 Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, is committed to welcoming an inclusive, diverse, and innovative Jewish community that will thrive, grow and strengthen from generation to generation. For information, visit templesinai-sarasota.org.
Submitted by Marty Katz