Welcome the New Year
Rosh HaShanah is an opportunity to think about the year that has passed and to consider what you would like to take with you or leave behind.
Send New Year Cards
We express our hopes that our friends and family will enjoy a great year ahead by sending greeting cards with a personal wish for their well-being in the new year.
It's also a time to make amends, consider what we could have handled better in our relationships and apologize for our mistakes so we can move towards a more positive future.
Wear White or Something New
Some people wear white, others like to buy new clothes. Both symbolize purity and a 'fresh start' for the new year.
The meal begins with blessings over special foods. Each food has a specific meaning and a blessing that relates to the new year.
Rosh Hashanah dinner is a feast! Multiple courses are served including chicken soup, a fish appetizer, a main course (with sides) and dessert. For those who keep kosher (follow the Jewish dietary laws), no dairy ingredients are used.
We put together a sample meal for you as an inspirataion.
Hear the Shofar
The shofar, a musical instrument made from a ram's horn, has been blown on Rosh Hashanah since biblical times and religiously it's considered a symbol of the biblical story of Abraham's sacrifice of a ram in place of his son Isaac.
Today, some go hear the Shofar blow in synagogue. on the morning after the meal.
Empty Your Pockets
Rosh HaShanah is an opportunity for a new beginning. 'Tashlich' is a tradition in which people empty their pockets of crumbs and lint and throw them into the water. This represents throwing the mistakes they have made away, so that they don't carry them over to the next year.
We've put together kits to help you celebrate Rosh Hashana with your family: