Jewish High Holiday Celebrations for East Bay Kids - 510 Families

Jewish High Holiday Celebrations for East Bay Kids

As Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot approach, we are asking ourselves how we will participate in these events without in-person community. Here are some ideas for family-friendly celebrations and learning.

First, here are the dates for the 2020 Jewish High Holidays:

  • Rosh Hashanah: Friday, Sep 18 to Sunday, Sep 20 2020
  • Yom Kippur: Sunday, Sep 27, 2020 to Monday, Sep 28, 2020
  • Sukkot: Friday, Oct 2, 2020 to Monday, Oct 9, 2020

Rosh Hashanah activities for East Bay kids and families

The High Holy Days season marks the Jewish New Year and is a time filled with family, friends, and celebration. Below are some wonderful Jewish holiday activities to share with your family. We wish you and your loved ones a sweet and happy new year!

At-home Rosh Hashanah activities

Eat sweet foods to ring in a sweet new year:

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Special for 2020: Rosh Hashanah Zoom Backgrounds from Everyday Jewish Mom to make your attendance at an online service or family dinner more fun

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Rosh Hashanah New Year Celebration | Provided by: The Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund

Setting intentions or resolutions for the New Year can be a family activity. Child psychologist, Dr. Allison Briscoe-Smith, a San Leandro mom, suggests working on a family mission statement, which can include “Standing up for our beliefs”, “Being kind to everyone”, or “Speaking up when something is hurting other people.” Include the children in a discussion of what your family's statement should include.

For a full family Rosh Hashanah dinner, Market Hall has online ordering and curbside pick-up.

Yom Kippur activities for East Bay kids and families

Ten days after Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur invites us to spend a whole day apologizing for the mistakes we have made in the past year. Adults traditionally do not eat on this day and then break their fast at the end in a celebratory meal.

Special for 2020: Printable Bingo card for those who will be attending online religious services.

Sukkot Activities for Kids

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No holiday could be more appropriate for this pandemic than Sukkot, during which we eat our meals outside in an open-air hut, called a Sukkah. Building your backyard structure is part of the fun, but you can also simply order one.

Special for 2020: We usually use the Sukkah to welcome guests for meals. Invite stuffed animals to join you for meals this year.

This Fabric Sukkah is ready to host stuffed animals and family

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