From the Desk of the Federation Executive Director

By: Sima Auerbach

Last Sunday, the Federation held a PJ Library program at the Jewish Community Center. We had grandparents; parents; a teenager, Max Tatum, who volunteered to be a reader; elementary-aged children and younger ones. Our theme was Passover. The day began with a hunt for hidden matzoh. Clues were given and the kids were off searching within the library room at the JCC. We had a very smart group of children as all hidden afikomen were found in record time. Three books were read – my favorite being “The Little Red Hen and the Passover Matzoh” (which I will mention again). We then made afikomen covers. What would a Jewish event be without nibbles? So we munched on pasidika marshmallows, chocolate covered matzoh and oranges. I had a good time and so I hope did all who attended.
“The Little Red Hen” book is a parody of the original story where the hen visits all her friends, saying she is making a meal and asking for help. All her friends have excuses for why they can’t. So she slices and dices and cooks and stirs and bakes all alone. When the meal is done, her friends show up to eat and she says, “You didn’t help. You are not welcome to share my meal.” In the PJ Library version, the Little Red Hen goes to all her friends and asks for help and, like the original, they are all too busy or lazy, and so the Little Red Hen prepares the meal for the Passover seder alone. When she was done making the matzoh balls and soup and charoset and gefilte fish and.... and… her friends showed up and said, “We’re famished.” The Little Red Hen replied, “What chutzpah. You’ve got to be kidding. You didn’t help at all.” Her friends were silent. They knew the Little Red Hen was right.
She looked at her friends. They did look hungry, And then she remembered the words written in the haggadah: Let all who are hungry come and eat. And she said, “Come on in.”
I think this story is a lesson for us all. Sometimes friends don’t do the right thing or the expected thing, but we still need to keep the door open. Wishing you a zissen and freilach Pesach with family, friends and, perhaps, someone who has yet to be at your seder.