These Rosh Hashanah crafts will help you enjoy a grand Jewish New Year celebration! With apples, honey & more, you’re all set for days of fun!
A feast is a feast, right? But when it has a history and lots of traditions behind it, it becomes much more than just a grand meal! That’s why we love festivals and look forward to learning more as we celebrate them. With Rosh Hashanah coming up, it seems like the right time to learn more about this grand Jewish celebration and also make some Rosh Hashanah crafts!
What is Rosh Hashanah?
Rosh Hashanah is a combination of two Hebrew words which mean ‘head’ and ‘year’. In short, Rosh Hashanah is the start of the Jewish New Year. It is also considered to be the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, the first man and woman according to Abrahamic faiths.
Why is it celebrated?
Being the start of a New Year for the Jewish people around the world, it is considered a day when your deeds are weighed. The Talmud, the Jewish holy book, mentions that three account books are opened on this day, to record the names of those who’ve done good deeds, those who’ve been evil as well as of those who fall in between. This is why Rosh Hashanah is also considered a time of reflection, and a chance to repent and make amends.
When is Rosh Hashanah celebrated in 2023?
Generally, Rosh Hashanah is celebrated for two days starting on the first day of the seventh month of the ecclesiastical year, which begins on the first Sunday of Advent. In 2023, Rosh Hashanah starts at sunset on Friday, September 15, and will run through nightfall on Sunday, September 17
What symbols are associated with Rosh Hashanah?
There are a number of symbols associated with Rosh Hashanah, most of which are related to making a fresh start or beginning the year on a sweet note. As a result, a good part of the symbols is connected to food, particularly honey, apples, pomegranates, leeks, pumpkins, beets, and other sweetmeats. You can learn more about the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah by clicking here, but for now, let’s dive into this list of beautiful Rosh Hashanah crafts for kids!
15 Beautiful Rosh Hashanah Crafts for Kids
We all know what a new year means, don’t we? It’s a time for letting go of the past, and for dreaming new dreams and forging new paths. In short, it’s a time for hope, and that’s why we love this ‘Hope Tree’ from Little Miss Party for Rosh Hashanah!
You’ll notice that pomegranates feature strongly in Rosh Hashanah celebrations – and also in this list of Rosh Hashanah crafts for kids! One reason is that pomegranates are naturally sweet, and it’s also to encourage us to have a ‘fruitful’ year with lots of seeds like the pomegranate! Another belief is that each pomegranate has 613 seeds, which corresponds to the 613 commandments of the Torah. Well, let’s see how many pomegranates you can spot in this printable craft by Tori Avey!
Rosh Hashanah is New Year’s and Thanksgiving all rolled into one, making it a truly special celebration. Since it’s a time for repenting and letting go, many people make lists on friends or family members they need to apologize to. Such discussions about repentance are called Teshuvah, and they can also be used to people you work or study with. You can also try including your amends in a pretty card like this one from In Creations.
Apples are very prominent during Rosh Hashanah, mostly because they’re a perfect natural sweet to have for the New Year. Another belief is that apples were considered healing during Talmudic times, and King Herod ate them whenever he felt ill. Well, make sure you have some apple slices to celebrate, and munch on them while making this craft from Creative Jewish Mom!
Torah Toy has a wonderful set of Rosh Hashanah lacing cards which would make a great festive gift! While you’re at it, don’t forget to inscribe ‘Shanah Tovah’, the common Hebrew greeting on Rosh Hashanah.
Jewish Boston shows us a beautiful way to create a nature pouch to use for Tashlich, where people toss different items into the sea. This tradition takes place on the first day of the festival near a body of water, and the items thrown into it represent the sins we’re letting go of this New Year. Such a beautiful thought!
Yes, apples are sweet on their own, but since it’s a celebration and we want to make sure our New Year is as sweet as possible, we dip the slices in honey! Moms and Crafters recreates this Jewish tradition with felt and simple stitches, making it a great project for sewing beginners.
If you’d like to make some Jewish themed decor for Rosh Hashanah, you much check out this craft from Creative Jewish Mom! It’s features many symbolic foods eaten during the festival, including beets, pomegranate, apples, carrots, pears and yes, fish! Many of these foods are mentioned in the Talmud, like leeks and beets, and have religious significance.
Rosh Hashanah is also known as Yom Teruah, which means ‘day of shouting’. Sounds like a strange name for a festival, but it actually refers to the sounding of the shofar, a ram’s horn, to symbolize a spiritual wake-up call. Set the atmosphere for this festival by decorating with fun banners like this one from The Neon Tea Party.
Along with all the fruit and sweet meats served at a Rosh Hashanah feast, it’s also customary to serve the head of a fish or lamb. Yes, this rather unconventional food also has significance – it is to refer to the ‘head’ of the year, and also the hope that we’ll always be ‘a head’, meaning we’ll always make progress. Celebrate this thought with a cute fish craft from Tori Avey.
Besides having yummy food and making amends, Rosh Hashanah is also a time to visit the synagogue for special services and reciting liturgy about the various aspects of the festival. Listen to a service if you have the chance, and make these cute crafts from Make it Jewish based on Rosh Hashanah symbols.
Challah is a popular Jewish bread, and on Rosh Hashanah, round challah is baked, to symbolize time coming full circle. This challah is usually dipped in salt, but since this is a special festival, we dip it in – you guessed it, honey! Celebrate honey and its makers with this adorable craft from Tori Avey.
Mr. Mintz brings us another craft to celebrate fish, which gives little kids to stay occupied this festive season! You can use cotton pads or even just paper circles for the kids to play around with and fill the fish.
This Rosh Hashanah, let’s mix some Jewish and Japanese culture with these Origami pomegranates! Jewish Moms and Crafters shows us how to make this easy banner that can serve as decor for both Fall and Rosh Hashanah.
Want to send a loved one a card for Rosh Hashanah? Well, Mr. Mintz comes to the rescue, as he brings us a beautiful card that is a great addition to our list of Rosh Hashanah crafts for kids!
Free Rosh Hashanah Bingo Cards from our September Bundle
Festivals are a time when family members and friends gather together, and nothing can make things more fun than a game – and we’ve got the perfect one for the festival!
I’m sure you’ve learnt a lot about this festival and about some of its traditions through these Rosh Hashanah Crafts for Kids! We simply love learning about various cultures and religions and their associated celebrations, as well as including little bits of them in our lives. So go ahead, make some pomegranate juice, put up some banners, plan a feast and of course – make some crafts!