For about two months before Passover we are doing a program at the Hebrew school called "Passover around the world". We split the school into four multi-age groups based on the interest of the children and each group will do a project about Passover with different themes - cooking, drama, research and music and dance.
This is a summary of what we've done at the dance and music group.
Yesterday We had a very interesting conversation with the children about ancestors, cultures, languages and more. We wanted for each child to share where her or his family is from, and we ended up with many stories and interest to learn more about them. We were seven of us and there were so many countries and cultures that were mentioned regarding our families history, including Poland, Puerto Rico, Norway, Holland, Iraq, Spain, Israel, Germany, Bulgaria, Turkey, native Americans, New York City, and that's just part of the list. We also talked about the opportunity to "adopt" a culture, how Judy fell in love with Hungarian and Yemen cultures and how we all seemed to be very impressed by Marissa's very special family story.
We talked about languages and how we often don't know some of the languages our grandparents or parents speak. We listened to a song by Neta Elkayam, a West Jerusalem artist and singer who together with her partner Amit Hai Cohen create music in her grandmother language, Moroccan dialect Arabic. The kids loved the singing and the video, and you can watch it here
If you're interested in more songs and artwork check her website
We also listened to a similar project by the Israeli rock musician Dudu Tassa who sing songs of his grandfather, who was one of Iraq's most popular musicians. He infuse them with rock music and they sound really beautiful.
And for more fascinating historical background look here :