One, Two, Three, Rosh Hashanah!

As many synagogues are not open to celebrate our favourite festivals, PJ Library are bringing the fun to you. Please enjoy this activity guide with your family and friends and share how you got on with the activities. We’d love to see the fabulous way your family and community chose to celebrate the festivals.

One, Two, Three, Rosh Hashanah!

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish new year. This means celebrations, happiness and reflecting on the past year and setting goals for the coming one. For families, there are so many wonderful traditions to engage in such as dipping apples in honey, baking and tasting round challah, making cards, and listening to the blast of the shofar – many of which are featured in this new counting book. As the little girl in this story discovers, celebrating the Jewish new year is as easy as one, two, three!

One, Two, Three Rosh hashanah book cover

Hand print card

Craft: Handprint cards – without the mess of making prints!

Fold a piece of card in half, with the crease on the left, and place your child’s left hand on bottom left corner. Align the side of their hand with the fold and draw around their hand. Cut around the outline and decorate. Make this a new tradition in your home and watch the cards grow in size every year.

Apple cookies

Recipe: Bring two of the most symbolic foods eaten at Rosh Hashanah to make these delicious Apple and honey cookies.

Paper Shofar

Activity: Learn the notes of the shofar! Make your own shofar blower and learn how to blow the notes using this printable template

There is a traditional set of blasts made during Rosh Hashanah and at the end of Yom Kippur. Teach children the names for each shofar sound, and see whether they can identify them:

Tekiah: One long, unbroken sound

Shevarim: Three medium-length broken sounds

Teruah: Series of nine staccato sounds

Tekiah Gedolah: One long, unbroken blast held as long as possible with a louder ending

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