Rosh Hashanah

apples and honeyThis year (5779 on the Jewish calendar and 2018-19 on the Gregorian calendar) Rosh Hashanah begins at sunset on Sunday, September 9th.

Rosh Hashanah occurs on the first and second days of the Jewish month of Tishri. In Hebrew, Rosh Hashanah means, literally, "head of the year" or "first of the year." Rosh Hashanah is commonly known as the Jewish New Year. The celebration of this holiday is marked with both joy and solemnity, as it is the day on which the whole world is judged for the coming year.  Rosh Hashanah is the birthday of the world, as it was on this day that God created man on the 6th day of creation.


 We have some fun recources to help you and your jkids celebrate the Jewish New Year, including:

BimBam teaches us the blessings over the apples:


Check out our Rosh Hashanah playlist!

Elul Inventory

by Rabbi Toba Spitzer

In Jewish tradition, there is a special time of year when we check in on how we’re doing in our lives—our spiritual lives and our lives with other people. That time is the month of Elul, the month leading up to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. During Elul we are preparing for the work of teshuvah. Teshuvah means “return.” The assumption is that if all things were as they should be, we would all be loving, open, aware and connected people. But the fact is it’s pretty easy to get off track—and so “returning” takes some work. This work is something that parents and kids can help each other with. This exercise is a guide to your own teshuvah preparation. There are seven questions, followed by suggestions for practice. Your family may choose to do all or part of the inventory each evening in the month of Elul.

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