Jewish Activity Guide for Summer

Find fun activity ideas for your Jewish residents for the upcoming Jewish holidays this summer, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. While they are traditionally thought of as fall holidays, they both are held during the
final days of summer this year.

Summer Jewish Holidays:

Holiday Dates Description
Rosh Hashanah Monday, September 10 (begins sundown Sept. 9) - Tuesday, September 11 The Jewish New Year
Yom Kippur Wednesday, September 19 (begins sundown Sept. 18) The Day of Atonement
Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. Customs of Rosh Hashanah include the lighting of candles, the sounding of a Shofar (ram's horn), and the eating of sweet treats like apples and honey. This year Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on Sunday, September 9 and lasts until sundown on Tuesday, September 11.

Activity Ideas
  1. Go apple picking.
  2. Create New Year's Cards that residents can share with families.
  3. Contact your local synagogue & have them come in to blow a Shofar (ram's horn).
  4. Live-stream Rosh Hashanah services from a synagogue.

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Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur is one of the holiest days of the Jewish year. Known as the "Day of Atonement," the customs of Yom Kippur include fasting and prayer. This year Yom Kippur begins at sundown on Tuesday, September 18 and lasts until sundown on Wednesday, September 19.

Activity Ideas
  1. Just like at Rosh Hashanah, you can live-stream services for residents.
  2. Prior to Yom Kippur, help residents make a "Memory Book" full of old photos and other memories. On Yom Kippur, residents can share some of their memories with each other.
  3. Read residents the story of Jonah and the Whale, which is traditionally read on Yom Kippur.

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