Yom Kippur Resource List

First Fast – Cohen, Barbara

Sneakers to Shul – Cohen, Floreva

The Magic of Kol Nidre: A Yom Kippur Story – Siegel, Bruce

List of Jewish Holiday Resources Available at the Aaron H. Leibtag Resource Center of the Center for Jewish Education
5800 Park Heights Avenue
(410) 578-6943

Jonah and the Whale

Amy J. Kramer

On the afternoon of Yom Kippur, while many families are resting at home before coming back to synagogue for the concluding service of Neilah, the Book of Jonah is read. Everyone knows about Jonah and the whale. But the Book of Jonah, says a lot more about Jonah and God than about Jonah and the whale.
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Yom Kippur Family Activities

Make Your Own Whale

To help make the Book of Jonah come alive, sit your child down and construct your own Jonah’s whale to bring to the synagogue or show off at the final meal before the fast begins.
You will need: 

  • Black or gray construction paper or a grocery bag
  • cotton or small pieces of tissue paper
  • a needle and thread or a staple gun
  • one flat piece of illustration board (found at art supply stories)
  • glue
  • a rag
  • scissors
  • a few pieces of blue tissue paper

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The Sin Of the Golden Calf

Amy J. Kramer

One cannot discuss Yom Kippur and forgiveness without mentioning the sin of the golden calf. Without this landmark event in the history of the Jewish people, there might not be a Yom Kippur.

We all know this story. Moses is up on Mt. Sinai receiving the Aseret H’adibrot (the 10 Commandments), the children of Israel grow restless. They beseech Aaron, Moses’ older brother, to fashion a god for them to worship. Moses returns, sees the golden calf and the people dancing in religious frenzy, and breaks the tablets in anger.
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Yom Kippur Recipes From Local Pros

Ilene Spector
Special to the Jewish Times

“Break-the-fast” or “Break-fast” is used when referring to the meal ending the Yom Kippur fast. Traditional dairy foods such as eggs, cheeses and cold fishes are my mainstays. However, throughout the year I collect any new innovative recipes to add to my menu. This year I hit the jackpot twice.
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Yom Kippur: The Day of Atonement

Q: Why is Yom Kippur such an important holiday in the Jewish year?

According to tradition, Yom Kippur is the day on which God accepted the Jewish people’s repentance for building the Golden Calf by giving Moses a second set of ten commandments. Moses came down from Mt. Sinai with them on the tenth of Tishri (Yom Kippur).Yom Kippur begins before sundown and ends after sundown the following day. This makes a fast day of more than 25 hours!
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A Creative Brunch To Break The Fast

Ilene Spector
Special to the Jewish Times

Because Yom Kippur focuses on my favorite meal of the day, menu planning for this holiday has always been especially enjoyable.

First, it’s automatically buffet-style, and no one expects any different. I can invite a few extra people, add an extra egg casserole and not worry about my table being too small.
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How To Make The High Holy Days Meaningful For Kids

No matter what kind of Jew you call yourself, just about everybody shows up for services on the High Holy Days.

Sanctuaries that barely need three rows of seats during the rest of the year require rows of additional folding chairs during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

As one rabbi put it to the throng of rarely seen congregants when Rosh Hashanah landed on a Saturday, “It’s nice to see you all here, considering it’s Shabbos.”
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A Lighter, Faster Rosh Hashanah Menu

Ilene Spector
Special to the Jewish Times

At Rosh Hashanah, Jewish homes are filled with the aroma of foods that have been served for generations. Nothing will take you back in time quicker than the delicious smells and tastes of these traditional foods.

So what’s changed? Many families have reinvented the way they cook and eat. Even holidays, with their comforting mainstays of “Bubbie’sbest,” have been trimmed off richness and fat but not necessarily flavor.
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Rosh Hashanah Resource List

Happy New Year, Beni – Zalben, Jane

A Rosh Hashanah Walk – Levin, Carol

If Not Higher – Lifshitz, Devora

Together: A Child Parent Kit: Happy New Year

VIDEO: New Year’s Leave

List of Jewish Holiday Resources Available at the Aaron H. Leibtag Resource Center of the Center for Jewish Education
5800 Park Heights Avenue
(410) 578-6943