The Ultimate Guide to the High Holidays for Your Family (2018)

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The High Holidays are almost upon us! They’ve come early this year, so you might have been caught off-guard in terms of your preparations  (“Wait, Rosh Hashanah is when this year?!”). Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Please enjoy our Ultimate Guide to the High Holidays (for this year, anyway).


Do you struggle to braid regular Challah, nevermind round Challah? This video will get you out of that rut forever:

If you prefer to read instructions, instead of watching them, check out how to braid a round Challah by reading any of the following guides from our partners:


Apples and Honey

Photo Credit: “Rosh Hashanah | ראש השנה” by Lilach Daniel (licensed under CC BY 2.0)

Are your kids old enough to ask you about Rosh Hashanah, but you don’t know where to even begin answering their questions? Check out this primer by PJ Library (and if you haven’t signed up for PJ Library, do so — they send your kids (aged 6 months to 8 years old) free books on Jewish holidays, you know!)

Are you more of a visual person? We’ve prepared an awesome Pinterest board filled with High Holiday goodness!

Or perhaps you prefer videos? Gather your family around your computer and show them these great videos from our partners at BimBam.

And if you want to leave the house to celebrate the High Holidays, this guide from 510Families lays out some of your options for you.

Lastly, but not leastly (yes, we just made up a word), if you want to celebrate, but attending synagogue is not already part of your practice, you might find this page very useful in planning your High Holiday celebrations.


Kid blowing shofar

Photo Credit: iStock

Finally, a way to keep your little ones entertained during High Holiday services: these awesome printouts from JewishLearningWorks! (If you prefer, here’s a direct link to the PDF)

Whether you need High Holiday activities for preschoolers, tweens, or the in-betweens, this guide from PJ Library has you covered.

What stands out from the past year? What are you hoping to do for this coming year? Check out these resources for helping kids craft their own resolutions.

Recipes and crafts make great holiday projects — here are a few of each.

Can a toddler understand repentance? Probably not — but even three-nagers know what it means to try harder and better. Here’s what we mean.

Can children participate on Yom Kippur? PJ Library tackles the question.

Even grown-ups have a tough time wrapping their heads around the idea of forgiving others; for kids, even more so. These books can help.

This link has some great ideas to change up your tashlich ceremony.

And finally, an atonement prayer for the littlest of kids.

L’Shana Tova!

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