Get Ready for Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is coming! This year, the holiday begins on the evening of September 6 and lasts until September 8th. Rosh Hashanah literally means “head of the year.” Rosh Hashanah will usher in the Hebrew Year of 5782, which tells how much time has past since the Creation of the universe. Rosh Hashanah is a time for song, food, reflection and prayer. It’s a chance to celebrate the new year and also a time for reflection about the past year, our actions and intentions, and ways we can make up for past mistakes and do better in the future.

Continue reading below to explore ways you and your family can celebrate Rosh Hashanah together.

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Bee Houses:

Apples dipped in honey are a traditional food eaten to celebrate Rosh Hashanah because they symbolize the desire for a sweet New Year. Create a bee house to give thanks for the bees that produce honey.

Supplies Needed:

· Toilet paper roll

· Craft supplies

· Markers or pencils

· Paper

· Scissors

· Tape

· 30 inch long string

DIY Shofar

A shofar is a trumpet-like instrument that’s traditionally made from a ram’s horn. It is blown during the services for Rosh Hashanah, during Elul, the month leading into Rosh Hashanah, and at the end of Yom Kippur. Create your own shofar from craft materials.

Supplies Needed:

· Construction Paper

· Paper plate

· Tape or glue

· Craft supplies such as markers, sharpies, and ribbon

· Yarn

Apple Stamp Cards

Create apple stamped cards to send to friends and family to wish them a Happy New Year.

Supplies Needed:

· Piece of paper

· Cork

· Cutting blade

· Stamp ink or paint

· Pen or pencil

Good Deeds Pomegranates

In addition to apples, pomegranates are another symbolic food of Rosh Hashanah. The 613 seeds of the fruit equal the number of commandments in the Torah. Create a pomegranate cut-out filled with good deed seeds.

Supplies Needed:

· Construction Paper

· Pencil or pen

· Scissors

· Glue

Keep Discovering

Check out PJ Library’s 2021 Family Guide to the Fall Holidays here.

Explore shofar related object’s in JMM’s Collections online here.

View kid-friendly Rosh Hashanah recipes here.

Enjoy a read-along of the story Jackie and Jesse and Joni and Jae and learn about the Rosh Hashanah custom of taschlich here.

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