March 19, 2020
How to make the most of Passover in Elsternwick Village
Passover (Pesach in Hebrew) is a major highlight of the Jewish calendar and is celebrated around the world every year.
With a significant Jewish community in Elsternwick and the surrounding areas, many locals will be celebrating Passover this year.
Read on for our guide to preparing for Passover in Elsternwick Village.
Stock up for your Seder Plate
The Seder ceremonial feast traditionally marks the beginning of Passover.
A traditional Seder Plate typically includes Karpas (a green vegetable similar to parsley), Charoset (a sweet fruit mixture), Maror (a bitter herb, often horseradish), Chazeret (another bitter herb), Z’roa (lamb shank bone), Beitzah (roasted or hard-boiled egg) and Matzah (unleavened flatbread).
You can read more about typical foods enjoyed during Passover here.
Do the big clean
Remove all the Chametz (foods forbidden during Passover) from the home.
Chametz is a product that is both made from one of five types of grain and has been combined with water and left to stand raw for longer than eighteen minutes. The reason you need to remove all Chametz from your home is because when the Israelites left Egypt, they didn’t have time for their bread to rise, so they took unleavened bread.
Head to Elsternwick Village to stock up on kosher goods such as unleavened bread. Kosher Kingdom will have you covered for these.
Get the kids involved with the traditional rituals of the Passover festival with the following activities:
- As part of the ritual of putting a cup of wine out for the prophet Elijah, why not decorate the cup in special ways with your kids?
- Make an Afikoman Bag. Kids love the part of Passover that is finding the Afikoman (a large piece of matzah that is hidden during the Seder). Make the bag extra special so the kids really feel they’re participating.
- Create some plague finger puppets. This is a great way to teach your kids the story of the Passover. When Pharaoh wouldn’t let the Israelites leave Egypt, ten plagues were sent, until he “let them go”.
Find crafts and stationery items such as string, felt, material, studs, coloured papers and textas for these activities at the following shops in Elsternwick Village: Party Bazaar, Officeworks or Mr Pickwick’s newsagency.
Organise your Passover presents
People often exchange gifts during Passover so be sure to plan ahead and visit Elsternwick Village to find the perfect presents for your loved ones.
Traditional gifts include boxes of fruits and sweets, flowers and kosher wines.
As Passover is a celebration where families enjoy a feast, dinnerware such as crockery and cutlery are popular options for gifts, as are items like wine glasses.
Stores like Ruby’s Gifts, Dalgarno’s of Elsternwick, Loft 469 and Mercantile Home offer great homewares and gifts for Passover. If you’re looking for children’s gifts for Passover, Toyworld has some great options. As most of us are self-isolating and spending time at home, be sure to ask the stores about home delivery options.
No matter what you need this Passover, be sure to check our store directory for the full range of stores in Elsternwick Village.