High Holidays Hub

Craft Ideas, Recipes, Music Videos, Podcasts, Cooking Videos, and more to help your family celebrate together or apart.

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year and also is often referred to as the birthday of the world. It’s a time to reflect, sing, pray, gather with loved ones, hear the sound of the shofar (ram’s horn), eat treats made with apples and honey - to signify our wish for a sweet year - and enjoy round challah (bread) - symbolizing our hope that the sweetness has no beginning and no end, like a circle. Each new year, our Rosh Hashanah celebrations give us the opportunity to connect in ways old and new and to honor and to create traditions.  Whatever this new year looks like for your family, we wish you a sweet and meaningful holiday and hope that your celebrations may be enriched by the resources provided here. Shana Tova – Happy New Year from the JCA!

Ten days after Rosh Hashanah, we observe Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Traditionally a day of fasting, prayer and turning inward, the day is spent asking forgiveness for wrongs done during the past year.  The JCA wishes you and your family a meaningful Yom Kippur.

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Dip Your Apple - Fountainheads Rosh Hashanah


The Maccabeats - Book of Good Life

Don't Let Go - Fountainheads Rosh Hashanah


The Maccabeats - This Is the New Year


The Maccabeats - Bashana Haba'a


Shalom Sesame - Rosh Hashanah Hannah


"Apples and Honey" A Rosh Hashanah Parody ("Sugar" - Maroon 5) - Felicia Sloin and Tom Knight


Kol Nidrei, sung by Cantor Angela Buchdahl



Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Read-Alouds from PJ Library