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Puppet Show Teaches Kids About Passover Traditions

By Mathew Katz | March 15, 2013 3:30pm

CHELSEA — This year, the four questions will be answered in felt.

On Sunday, the Center for Jewish History will present a Passover puppet show, showing how the eight nights of the Jewish holiday are different from every other night of the year.

"The Matzo Time Crunch" brings together an ensemble cast of puppet characters, including Ketchup the Passover Puppet, to interpret the story of the Exodus, complete with songs and jokes that aren't found in your typical Haggadah. 

"The Matzo Time Crunch" also incorporates ordinary household items and ritual objects taken from the Center for Jewish History archives to show youngsters traditions in a new way. 

As part of the Passover celebration, kids will make their own matzo covers after attending the show, letting them bring home a piece of tradition to their own homes and Seder tables when the holiday begins on the evening of March 25.

The show was written by Brooklyn-based performance group Yellow Sneaker, which designed the colorful characters used in the performance. It's part of the center's child-friendly Family Stories series, which focuses on genealogy and oral history. 

The show starts at 11 a.m. on March 17 at 15 W. 16th St., with doors opening at 10:45 a.m. Tickets are free, and can be reserved online.