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.
The Jewish High Holidays begin with Rosh Hashanah, the New Year, and end ten days later with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.
The new year is a joyous time filled with family, friends, and food, but it is also an opportunity to reflect on our actions of the past year, and to consider ways to improve in the next.
On Rosh Hashanah, many families participate in tashlich, a tradition of throwing breadcrumbs into water to wash away the mistakes of the past year.
During the ten-day period between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur it is traditional to apologise to people we may have hurt, and to forgive those who have hurt us. Jews the world over go to synagogue to hear the shofar (ram’s horn), whose sharp calls are meant to awaken us and remind us to pay attention to our behaviour and actions.
Craft: Paint taschlich rocks or create story stones. Make a collection of small stones with pictures on them that can be used as to tell this PJ Library story.
Recipe: This is a great snack to take on a family walk on Rosh Hashanah. These healthy apple and honey muffins are nice and fluffy, with just enough sweetness to be irresistible.
Activity: Go on a walk with family and friends. Take your place hand-painted rocks for others to find (we are sure that they will make someone’s day!) and some apple and honey muffins in case you get hungry.
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