Fun Activities for Rosh Hashanah
FUN ACTIVITIES FOR ROSH HASHANAH
Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. It’s a time for all Jews to reflect the prior year, and prepare for the new one! The term literally means “the head of the year.”
1. Greeting Cards…..Jazz up this fun and traditional activity by scanning your child’s artwork and sending e-cards to family and friends!
2. Apple Honey Jars…..Core out an apple like you would a pumpkin. Scoop the inside of the apple with a melon ball tool. Take the scooped apple (jar) and wipe it with lemon juice so the exposed apple doesn’t turn brown. Add honey inside and place on the family dinner table!
*PLEASE NOTE—–The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) do not recommend giving honey to any child one year of age or under.
3. Homemade Shofar…First find a cardboard birthday party horn and only keep the plastic blowing piece. Take two paper towel tubes and cut them in half. This will give you 4 separate tubes. Take only 1 tube and cut it lengthwise. Take this tube and roll into a cone shape. Then attach the plastic blower to the top of the cone using masking tape. On the larger opening of the cone make a pleat. Place 1 of the 3 remaining tubes inside the cone opening. Use lots of masking tape to secure the cone to the tube. Then repeat the same above step of creating a pleat in the bottom of the second tube and fit the third tube inside the second tube. Again secure it with masking tape and repeat the step using the last tube. Once all the tubes are connected, then rewrap and cover the entire project with masking tape. You might need to wrap the tubes many times with the masking tape. The last step is to take some brown shoe polish and gently rub it into the masking tape tubes. This will help the homemade shofar appear like a ram’s horn.
4. The 3 Shofar Notes…..Listen to the sounds of a shofar! Go to Akhlash’s Rosh Hashana site at— www.akhlah.com/holidays/roshhashana/shofar.php
6 apples of choice peeled, cored, sliced into small pieces
1¼ cups of water
1/4 cup sugar or honey
1/8 tsp cinnamon
Place apples into a covered pot of boiling water on simmer for 25 minutes or when apples are soft. Cool. Place into a blender and add remaining ingredients.
5 OR 6 apples peeled, cored and cut into 1/8 inch rings/slicest. Large pot that holds 1 gallon of water
1/8 cup of salt.
Boil and simmer the slices for 10 minutes in the salt water solution. Then place the slices on a cookie sheet in 180 degree oven. Heat in oven for 3-4 hours. Turn the slices every 30 minutes until the slices are dry. Great chewy and edible snacks!
Apple Waffle Iron Cookies
1 stick of butter/or margarine (softened)
¼ cup brown sugar
1 ½ cup flour
½ cup of peeled and shredded apples
1 tsp vanilla, baking powder, and cinnamon
½ tsp salt
1/8 tsp nutmeg
powder sugar (optional) sprinkled on cool cookies
Heat up a waffle iron and mix the above ingredients together. Drop 1 tbsp into quarter of iron until brown. (~1 ½ minutes)
Interesting Facts to share:
Did you know that the shofar is blown one hundred times on Rosh Hashana?
Did you know that a round challah is used to symbolize the circular cycle of the year?
Two popular greetings for the new year are—“Shanah tovah u’metukah” (a good and sweet year) and L’shanah tovah tikateivu” (may you be inscribed for a good year.)
Submitted by Arlene S. Wieder, M.Ed.