Celebrate Rosh Hashanah with Kids

BY  |  Saturday, Sep 15, 2012 9:00am

Happy 5773!

At sundown on Sunday night the Jewish New Year,  Rosh Hashanah, is celebrated. For many Jewish families, it is a holiday of reflection and renewal, as well as a time to share a holiday meal with family and friends.

There are plenty of ideas online for making a festive Rosh Hashanah meal, and I am always inspired by the recipes at The Shiksa in the Kitchen – particularly yummy is her Apple Honey Challah and I am a huge fan of her Oven Roasted Root Vegetables.

For celebrating the holiday with kids, I can’t recommend enough heading over to Creative Jewish Mom and choosing a Rosh Hashanah craft from her huge selection. Most are good for mixed ages, and utilize common items you’re likely to have at home. You can make Stuffed Paper Shapes for Rosh Hashanah or Woven Paper Apples.

Creative Jewish Mom also has lots of inspired-yet-easy ideas for gorgeous centerpieces made from real apples (if you want to pick your own apples, here’s a list of PYO orchards in New Jersey).

If you need some ideas to keep the kids busy without your participation, there are Rosh Hashanah Coloring Pages, Rosh Hashanah Greeting Cards kids can fold, sign and send and even a Rosh Hashanah Word Search for older children. For reading about the holiday, Kveller has a great list of High Holiday and Rosh Hashanah kids books.

And whether you are celebrating or not, if you need childcare for the school vacation days on Monday and Tuesday, check out Rosh Hashanah: Vacation Camp Options.

To all who are celebrating – best wishes for a happy, healthy and sweet New Year! L’Shana Tova!

(Photo: Flickr)

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