High Holy Days

Families and Children


AFTER ROSH HASHANAH 

Dear Parents, Kids and Teens,

On this page you will find a menu of experiences, some live and some pre-recorded or printable. We hope that these resources, videos, and zooms help make your family’s High Holy Day experience meaningful and fun.

Need a High Holy soundtrack? Check out playlist created by Jessica Emerson McCormick.

Family Services on Your Own Schedule:

-Click here to watch a family service for Yom Kippur (50 minutes). Rabbi Ronit Tsadok, Noa and IKARite Rabbi Jonathan Bubis explore the High Holy Day tefillot (prayers) and what it means to be part of a community and collective. (Rosh Hashanah services can be found here and here)

-Have 0-4 year olds in the house? Sing and learn along with Beth Weisman and Rabbi Ronit Tsadok in this Bite Size service for Yom Kippur. (Rosh Hashanah services can be found here and here)

Download and Print:

Pursuing Justice Resource Guide – begin or deepen your family’s conversation around pursuing racial justice with discussion prompts, text study, and resources for children of all ages. Created for IKAR by Anne Hromadka. Prepare in advance with this book list. You can download the full guide or one section at a time.

-Looking to dig into traditional texts on teshuvah (repentance/return) with elementary and middle school age kids and hands-on activities with younger kids? Check out this awesome resource from Pedagogy of Partnership.

Take a family walk this Yom Kippur and see what happens when explore your neighborhood with a new perspective and some discussion questions. Can you spot anything new? Change a pattern? Click here to Take a Second Look.

Stories and Activities:

-What can we do when we make a mistake? In this 10 minute video, Morah Beth Weisman reads Pete Makes a Mistake and explores different options after we do something we wish we hadn’t.

-Morah Eva Katz reads some of her favorite books, sings songs, and does High Holy Day activities for our younger crew. (approximately 2 years old through 1st grade): Beautiful Oops, Sammy Spiders’ First Yom Kippur and Something From Nothing (20 minutes) and The Hardest Word + Havdallah (20 minutes).  And check out Morah Eva’s trip to the beach for Tashlikh. Plus a 1st grade bonus video (5 minutes), Live Life Sunny Side Up.

Live Experiences:

-Calling all teens! Interested in connecting with teens from across the country? You are invited to a national Jewish Emergent Network teen justice session on Yom Kippur, Monday, September 28, at 12pm PT. Teens from Hazon will lead an interactive program on justice and climate change. Join here.

-Camp Gilboa is excited to be back with IKAR for the High Holy Days with programming led by their counselors! They will be using the story of Jonah to explore our own role in creating positive change in the world and bringing about a more just society.

Habonim Dror Camp Gilboa is a progressive and inclusive Jewish summer camp and youth movement with social justice, community building, and youth leadership at the core of its program. Contact Elana Bloomfield ([email protected]) if you have any questions about the program or want to learn more about Camp Gilboa.

BEFORE ROSH HASHANAH

Family Services on your own schedule:

-Click here to watch family services for Rosh Hashanah Day 1 (40 minutes) and Rosh Hashanah Day 2 (40 minutes). Rabbi Ronit Tsadok and IKARite Rabbi Jonathan Bubis explore the High Holy Day tefillot (prayers) and the value of healing what seems broken.

-Have 0-4 year olds in the house? Sing and learn along with Beth Weisman, Rabbi Ronit Tsadok and Dr. Sarah Schoenbrun in this Bite Size service for Rosh Hashanah Day 1 (30 minutes) and Rosh Hashanah Day 2 (30 minutes).

Download and Print:

Pursuing Justice Resource Guide – begin or deepen your family’s conversation around pursuing racial justice with discussion prompts, text study, and resources for 2-year-olds through teens. Created for IKAR by Anne Hromadka. Prepare in advance with this book list. You can download the full guide or one section at a time. (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)

-Enjoy a Rosh Hashanah Seder, a Sephardic and Mizrahi tradition, from our friends at the Schusterman Foundation. Don’t forget to get your simanim (symbolic foods) in advance! The seder is available in English, Hebrew, Spanish and Russian.

Cooking, stories and activities with IKARites and Friends:

-Persian Lentil Stew in honor of Rosh Hashanah? Yes, please! Thank you Rachel Sumekh, IKAR Board member and member of our Racial Justice and Inclusion Committee, for sharing this delicious recipe.

-How do we make applesauce? Morah Beth Weisman, Director of Parenting and Admissions at our ECC, walks us through the steps for our younger kids (including the “mash in a plastic bag” step!) and reads Apple Days: A Rosh Hashanah Story.

-Round challah from start (part 1) to finish (part 2), courtesy of Betsy Uhrman & Ora Snyder and Lauren, Liora & Micah Applebaum. Click here for the Uhrman/Snyder recipe and here for the Applebaum recipe.

-Morah Eva Katz reads some of her favorite books, sings songs, and does High Holy Day activities for our younger crew. (approximately 2 years old through 1st grade), Watch the full 40 minute video.  Check out these short additional videos for 1st graders: Apple TastesShofar

Live Experiences:

-Camp Gilboa is excited to be back with IKAR for the High Holy Days! Register for virtual activities on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, September 19th, for 2nd-5th grade (10 am-11 am) and 6th– 7th grade (10:45-11:45 am). Have an 8th grader? They can be a CIT (Counselor-in-Training)! Just email [email protected]. Yom Kippur program timing to come.

-It is our first-ever national Jewish Emergent Network teen gathering! On the second day of Rosh Hashanah, Sunday September 20th, 8th-12th graders are invited to a meet-up with teens from our partner communities from 11am-11:45am. Then mark your calendars for a Teen Justice Summit on Yom Kippur from 12 pm-2 pm. Register here.