Celebrate Fun, Mystery for Passover with PJ Library Events

By Stacey Battat

PJ Library Professional

What is Passover without some shenanigans (defined as: silly or high-spirited behavior; mischief)?

Passover is a holiday that offers families and friends the opportunity to come together through food and an ancient story. Experiencing our five senses through storytelling, and creating new and fun customs to integrate modern literature and events is the essence of the Passover tradition.

In our family, we created silly Passover skits and sketches, based upon a theme or ideas from the children, as we celebrated with cousins and friends who joined us at the Seder table. It could also be a time for some fun and shenanigans.

On March 25, children’s author Larry Epstein will engage third to fifth graders on the Sunday before Passover with a fun mystery entitled “The Mystery of the Missing Matzah.”

The story is about fourth grade best friends Betty, Wendy and Sherri who form a Friendship League and help others solve mysteries.

Friends Wendy and Sherri participate in the traditional Passover Seder dinner for the first time until something goes wrong and the Friendship League has a real mystery to solve.

Everyone becomes a suspect, including Betty’s mom, dad, grandparents, and annoying older brother, along with the Friendship League’s number one troublemaking friend, Barry. Even ever hungry dog Daisy is not off the hook.

Using a combination of logic and teamwork, the Friendship League is on the case!

Reviews of the book are lovely: “We really tried to figure out the mystery and were surprised in the end.” “Both of our kids liked the nod to superheroes. A laugh out loud funny and sweet story that we will read again!”



Passover Story and Songs for All

Thursday, March 15, 3:30 - 4:15 p.m.

North Haven Memorial Library

17 Elm St., North Haven 

Passover Story, Song & Craft

Thursday, March 22, 10-11 a.m.

Cheshire Public Library

104 Main St., Cheshire

Lotsa Matza Event, author Larry Epstein “Mystery of The Missing Matzah” and Matzah cover creations in partnership with Ezra Academy, Third to fifth graders & their families.

Sunday, March 25, 1-2 p.m.

JCC, 360 Amity Road, Woodbridge

For more information and to RSVP, contact Stacey Battat pjlibrary@jewishnewhaven.org


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