Book Club: Miriam's Cup

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Bring your Passover Seder into modern times with the addition of honoring Miriam, sister of Moses. It was Miriam who watched over her brother in the reeds and then danced when the Israelites escaped. Read this book with your family before your seder, make this cup and pitcher, then add it to your Passover Seder! If you like this activity, try our Pin the Seder to the Plate Game -- a fun activity to do during the week of Passover.

What You’ll Need:
*Miriam’s Cup by Fran Manushkin
*Glass goblet
*Glass pitcher
*Latex gloves
*Glass paint such as an acrylic enamel paint
*Paintbrushes or Q-tips
*Painter’s tape

*Wash and dry the goblet and pitcher thoroughly. Use painter’s tape to cover the lip of the glass and pitcher so that no paint inadvertently goes over the edge into the glass or pitcher.
*Some glass paints require a multiple-day curing process. Read and follow the instructions carefully.

*Read Miriam’s Cup by Fran Manushkin together. Talk about how Miriam was a good sister to her brother, Moses. Talk about her faith and courage in a time when many people were giving up. Has there been a time in your life when you wanted to give up, but didn’t? How is the tradition of Miriam’s cup different from Elijah’s cup?
*We recommend wearing latex gloves when painting your pitcher and glass so that the oils from your hands do not interfere with the paint’s ability to adhere to the glass. Now, it’s up to you! Paint flowers, reeds, water, whatever you would like to honor Miriam.
*When it comes time for your Seder, don’t forget to put out Miriam’s cup. You can add the following passage to your Seder if you’d like:
As we remember our ancestors, we should also remember Miriam’s faith and courage, how she watched over Moses, and how she led all the women as they sang and celebrated. This is Miriam’s cup and every year we will place it on our Passover table and fill it with water so we may honor her and her joyful spirit.
*You can also have each woman at the table pour a little of her water into Miriam’s cup to honor her. Don’t forget to dance and sing at the end of your Seder, too!
*Send us a picture of your kids and Miriam’s cup we may post it to our site!

Suggested Resources:
*Miriam's Cup - at
* More information on this modern day tradition

This activity can be found in the Holidays and Book Club sections of our site.