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Rosh HaShanah

Rosh HaShanah (literally, “Head of the Year”) is the Jewish New Year, which marks the beginning of a 10-day period of prayer, self-examination and repentance. This period, known as the Yamim Noraim (Days of Awe or High Holy Days), is widely observed by Jews throughout the world, many with prayer and reflection in a synagogue. There also are several holiday rituals observed at home.

Rosh HaShanah is celebrated on the first day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei, which—because of differences in the solar and lunar calendar—corresponds to September or October on the secular calendar. Customs associated with the holiday include sounding the shofar, eating a round challah, and tasting apples and honey to represent a sweet New Year.

Rosh HaShanah Family Activities

Learn about Rosh HaShanah with Grover, Avigail, and the characters of Shalom Sesame

Celebrating Rosh HaShanah with Shalom Sesame: Sounding the Shofar

Watch this Shalom Sesame video with your children and try these fun activities to explore and learn more about the shofar, Rosh HaShanah and the High Holidays!

Rosh HaShanah Food and Recipes



Sweet and Sour Brisket for the Jewish holiday of Passover or Pesach

Eight Rosh HaShanah Foods to Prepare in Advance for a Stress-Free Holiday

Whether you’re preparing a meal for four or for 40, making a successful holiday dinner can be an overwhelming, frantic experience. But with some advance planning, it doesn’t have to be!

How-to Videos

Rabbi Leora Kaye explans the ritual of blowing shofar.

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