Novel Flavors

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Each Jewish New Year, as we greet each other with a joyous shannah tovah, I add a happy birthday for myself. Being born on Rosh Hashanah, a holiday with a tradition of tasting new food, as well as being the owner of The Classic Catering People, I relish in the discovery of novel flavors. Rosh… Read More

Punt The Pomegranate

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Let’s be honest, people — it’s 2013, and with rows of bottled pomegranate juice lining every convenience store refrigerator, the sight of those hundreds of little red stains-to-be on Rosh Hashanah night is just all too humdrum. So when you usher in the Jewish New Year with a new fruit this holiday season, why not… Read More

New Super-Size Kitchen Awaits Jewish Pilgrims To Uman

Jewish volunteers have finished building a kitchen the size of a basketball court in Uman, Ukraine, where they plan to prepare 105,000 meals to serve to pilgrims next month. The new kitchen, donated by philanthropist and entrepreneur Steve Bogomilsky of Florida, replaced a smaller setup used in previous years by volunteers and employees of Uman’s… Read More

Journey to Uman

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Each Rosh Hashanah, thousands of Jews travel to Uman, a small town in Ukraine, where the plumbing is outdated, the environment is hostile and the main attraction is overcrowded. Many stay in tents in close quarters with one another. But kvetching is kept to a minimum. Why? They’re all there to visit the grave of… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

Old Traditions For A New Year

On the first day of Rosh Hashanah, it’s not uncommon to see Jews tossing little bits of paper into lakes or rivers. These scraps float for a moment, then become soft in the water, finally sinking down to the dark bottom. It is the water itself that brings the papers down, though the words contained… Read More

A Look At Tishrei

It can be challenging to remember when Rosh Hashanah occurs on the Gregorian calendar. Usually, it’s in early September, but sometimes the holiday begins toward the latter part of the month—and it can begin as late as October. It’s no problem, though, to know exactly when Rosh Hashanah comes on the Hebrew calendar: it’s always… Read More

Rosh Hashanah Family Activities

Make A Round Challah Cover Make a special round challah cover with your children. What you need: A dark piece of tissue paper a ten-inch round doily colorful wrapping or construction paper glue a rag pencil and felt pens a lid from a pot scissors