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Jewish Educational Resources

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TALI Curriculum: Freedom in the Book of Ruth (Hebrew)

TALI Curriculum: Freedom in the Book of Ruth (Hebrew)

Created by the TALI Education Fund, this free educational resource presents a creative interdisciplinary reading of the Book of Ruth, traditionally read on

TALI Curriculum: Let’s Make a Change – Activism in the Passover Story (Grade 7-8, Hebrew)

TALI Curriculum: Let’s Make a Change – Activism in the Passover Story (Grade 7-8, Hebrew)

Created by the TALI Education Fund, this free educational resource for seventh and eighth grade students is part of the curriculum designed for

TALI Curriculum: Yom Hazikaron & Yom Ha’atzmaut: To Be a Free People in Our Land (Grade 7-8, Hebrew)

TALI Curriculum: Yom Hazikaron & Yom Ha’atzmaut: To Be a Free People in Our Land (Grade 7-8, Hebrew)

Created by the TALI Education Fund, this free educational resource for seventh and eighth grade students is part of the curriculum designed for

TALI Curriculum: Holidays & Festivals (Hebrew, Grade 2-6)

TALI Curriculum: Holidays & Festivals (Hebrew, Grade 2-6)

Created by the TALI Education Fund, these educational resources about the Jewish and Israeli holidays, festivals, fast days and days of

TALI Curriculum: Jewish-Israeli Culture (Hebrew, Grade 3-6)

TALI Curriculum: Jewish-Israeli Culture (Hebrew, Grade 3-6)

Created by the TALI Education Fund, these educational resources about Jewish-Israeli Culture are designed for Israeli students between the third and

TALI Curriculum: Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur – To Renew & Change (Hebrew, Grade 7-8)

TALI Curriculum: Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur – To Renew & Change (Hebrew, Grade 7-8)

Created by the TALI Education Fund, this free educational resource for seventh and eighth grade students is part of the curriculum designed

TALI Curriculum: For Every Time – Journeys Through the Hebrew Calendar (Spanish + Portuguese, Grade 6)

TALI Curriculum: For Every Time – Journeys Through the Hebrew Calendar (Spanish + Portuguese, Grade 6)

Created by the TALI Education Fund, this educational resource about the Hebrew calendar for sixth grade students is part of the Spanish

TALI Curriculum: Days of Joy & Memory (Spanish + Portuguese, Grade 4)

TALI Curriculum: Days of Joy & Memory (Spanish + Portuguese, Grade 4)

Created by the TALI Education Fund, this educational resource about the Jewish calendar for fourth grade students is part of the Spanish

TALI Curriculum: Jewish Holidays (Spanish + Portuguese, Grade 2)

TALI Curriculum: Jewish Holidays (Spanish + Portuguese, Grade 2)

Created by the TALI Education Fund, this educational resource about Jewish holidays for second grade students is part of the

High Holiday Monopoly Game

High Holiday Monopoly Game

Created by the Jewish Agency’s Global School Twinning Network, which partners up Jewish communities in Israel and abroad, this 47 page

A Virtual Dish for Rosh Hashanah: A Twinning Activty

A Virtual Dish for Rosh Hashanah: A Twinning Activty

Created by the Jewish Agency’s Global School Twinning Network, which partners up Jewish communities in Israel and abroad, this fun

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson’s High Holiday Podcasts

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson’s High Holiday Podcasts

This post contains links to three High Holiday podcasts by Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, Vice-President of the American Jewish University

The Jewish Virtual Library: Short Articles on Rosh Hashana

The Jewish Virtual Library: Short Articles on Rosh Hashana

This post provides links to informative articles about different aspects of Rosh Hashanah, including a basic overview of the Jewish New

The Mitzvah Hunt: A Children’s App

The Mitzvah Hunt: A Children’s App

The Mitzvah Hunt is an easy-to-use, colorful app that teaches children (preschool to second grade) to see the good in

Teshuva: A Discussion Guide

Teshuva: A Discussion Guide

Designed for students between grades 3-12, this detailed lesson plan explores the Jewish approach to repentance, including an introduction to

Chinuch.org Rosh Hashana Activity Pack

Chinuch.org Rosh Hashana Activity Pack

The Rosh Hashanah Activity Pack is a colorful booklet full of engaging, printable Rosh Hashanah resources designed for preschool age

Leading With Creativity: A Rosh Hashanah Webinar

Leading With Creativity: A Rosh Hashanah Webinar

Using themes related to Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, such as renewal and personal growth, this webinar demonstrates how EdTech tools

Rosh Hashanah Lessons Plans from the Israel National Library

Rosh Hashanah Lessons Plans from the Israel National Library

This post provides links to several lesson plans that explore different aspects of the Jewish New Year, including the custom

A Rosh Hashanah Website for Children

A Rosh Hashanah Website for Children

This link will take you to an entire website dedicated to teaching children about the Jewish New Year in a fun and

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Informative Articles & Videos

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Maimonides’ 4 Steps to Teshuvah

Maimonides’ 4 Steps to Teshuvah

This short video outlines the four steps to teshuvah (repentance), according to Maimonides: regret our actions, stop doing them, confess

Rosh Hashanah Infographic

Rosh Hashanah Infographic

This infographic from Aish.com lays out the various traditions and rituals of the Jewish New Year in a concise and

Feeling the Love in Judgement: Special for the High Holidays

Feeling the Love in Judgement: Special for the High Holidays

In this short and sweet animated video, Rabbi David Aaron shares the profound message that judgement is actually an act

What is Rosh Hashanah? The Jewish New Year

What is Rosh Hashanah? The Jewish New Year

This 4-minute long animated video presents an excellent overview of the rituals, customs and significance of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. Useful

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How to Celebrate Rosh Hashanah

How to Celebrate Rosh Hashanah

This short instructional video briefly presents different aspects of the Rosh Hashanah celebrations, including ritual foods, lighting candles, making blessings

Egalitarian Versions of Hu Ya’anenu (Selichot & Yom Kippur)

Egalitarian Versions of Hu Ya’anenu (Selichot & Yom Kippur)

This post provides links to several different versions of “Hu Ya’anenu,” a prayer that recalls how God mercifully answered our

Selichot at the Western Wall

Selichot at the Western Wall

This short video shows thousands of Jews gathering together for the final night of Selichot prayers before Yom Kippur at

We Need Justice and Kindness: A Humanistic Prayer for Selichot

We Need Justice and Kindness: A Humanistic Prayer for Selichot

This post presents the Hebrew, English and transliterated words for a prayer for justice, kindness, and social responsibility written by Humanistic

Kiddush Hashanah: Prayers for Dedicating the New Year

Kiddush Hashanah: Prayers for Dedicating the New Year

Whereas many piyutim (liturgical poems) were composed specifically for the evening of Rosh Hashanah, they did not become a standard part of the liturgy. This excerpt from the

Tkhine of the Matriarchs for the Blowing of the Shofar

Tkhine of the Matriarchs for the Blowing of the Shofar

This “tkhine” (supplication) is a para-liturgical prayer in Yiddish with an English translation that is meant to be recited by a

Selichot Service with Kabbalistic Intentions

Selichot Service with Kabbalistic Intentions

This link opens up a 38 page long Kabbalistic Selichot Service, containing the Hebrew, English and transliterated texts of traditional prayers,

Traditional Rosh Hashanah Evening & Daytime Kiddush

Traditional Rosh Hashanah Evening & Daytime Kiddush

This post offers links to the traditional evening and daytime Kiddush ceremonies performed on Rosh Hashanah. The page for the

Psalm 27: A Psalm for the High Holiday Season

Psalm 27: A Psalm for the High Holiday Season

This post offers the Hebrew and English text of Psalm 27, recited twice daily from the beginning of the Hebrew

Abbreviated Renewal Selichot Services

Abbreviated Renewal Selichot Services

This alternative selichot ceremony, intended for the Saturday night preceding Rosh Hashanah, includes Havdalah, original poetry, traditional liturgy, writing exercises, and readings

Renewal Tashlich Ceremony

Renewal Tashlich Ceremony

This alternative Tashlich ceremony includes biblical passages and excerpts from traditional prayers, together with an original poem-prayer written by Rabbi Rachel Barenblat.

Hatarat Nedarim: Annulment of Vows Before Rosh Hashanah

Hatarat Nedarim: Annulment of Vows Before Rosh Hashanah

This post from JewishContent.org provides the English text of the Hatarat Nedarim ceremony, in which a person formally annuls his/her vows

A Guide to the High Holiday Prayers

A Guide to the High Holiday Prayers

This thorough article provides an overview of the contents, structure and themes of the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur prayer

How to Prepare for Rosh Hashanah

How to Prepare for Rosh Hashanah

This article outlines some of the customs designed to help prepare one spiritually for the Jewish New Year and the High

How to Find a Machzor (High Holiday Prayer Book)

How to Find a Machzor (High Holiday Prayer Book)

This comprehensive article serves as a guide to finding the right High Holiday Machzor for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

How to Make High Holiday Synagogue Services Meaningful

How to Make High Holiday Synagogue Services Meaningful

This honest article presents six simple tips to transform lengthy, frustrating services into a meaningful prayer experience. With an emphasis

Sephardic Rosh Hashanah Simanim Seder

Sephardic Rosh Hashanah Simanim Seder

This 3 page long PDF document offers a sample Rosh Hashanah Simanim Seder, originally a Sephardic tradition in which blessings are

How to Make a Shofar

How to Make a Shofar

This 4 minute long video shows how a ram’s horn is transformed into a shofar, the musical instrument and ritual

Conservative Tashlich Texts (English & Hebrew)

Conservative Tashlich Texts (English & Hebrew)

This excerpt from the Conservative Machzor Lev Shalom for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur presents the special prayers and passages recited during

How to Light Candles on Rosh Hashanah

How to Light Candles on Rosh Hashanah

In this thorough instructional video (9:31), Dr. Rachael Turkienicz describes how to light the holiday candles for Rosh Hashanah, including technical and

How to Blow the Shofar

How to Blow the Shofar

This short instructional video demonstrates how to blow the shofar on Rosh Hashanah, including an explanation of the three different

How to Braid a Round Challah for Rosh Hashanah

How to Braid a Round Challah for Rosh Hashanah

This short instructional video demonstrates three different methods for making a circular challah, as is customary for Rosh Hashanah. There

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Music

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The Thirteen Attributes of Mercy

The Thirteen Attributes of Mercy

This video presents a popular Ashkenazi melody for the Thirteen Attributes of Mercy. Enumerated in Exodus 34:6–7 these Divine Attributes are frequently recited

Leonard Cohen: Who By Fire

Leonard Cohen: Who By Fire

This video presents Who By Fire, a haunting song by the late Jewish Canadian singer-songwriter, poet and novelist Leonard Cohen based on the

Phish’s Avinu Malkeinu (My Father, My King)

Phish’s Avinu Malkeinu (My Father, My King)

This video presents the American jam band, Phish, performing their version of Avinu Malkeinu (Our Father, Our King), a desperate plea for

Mogwai’s Heavy Metal Avinu Malkeinu (My Father, My King)

Mogwai’s Heavy Metal Avinu Malkeinu (My Father, My King)

This video presents the Scottish post-rock band, Mogwai, performing a 10 minute long heavy metal version of Avinu Malkeinu (Our Father,

Barbra Streisand’s Avinu Malkeinu (Our Father, Our King)

Barbra Streisand’s Avinu Malkeinu (Our Father, Our King)

This video presents Jewish American singer, actress, and filmmaker, Barbra Streisand, performing Avinu Malkeinu for former Israeli President Simon Peres at his

A Calming Melody for the Thirteen Attributes of Mercy

A Calming Melody for the Thirteen Attributes of Mercy

This post offers the Hebrew and English text of The Thirteen Attributes of Mercy, as well as a calming melody composed by The Nava

Audio Recordings of Ashkenazi High Holiday Liturgy

Audio Recordings of Ashkenazi High Holiday Liturgy

This link will take you to the musical prayer navigator of Mechon Hadar, where you can find audio recordings for each

Audio Recordings of Sephardic High Holiday Liturgy

Audio Recordings of Sephardic High Holiday Liturgy

This link will take you to the High Holiday section of the Sephardic Hazzanut Project website, where you can listen

Dip the Apple in the Honey: A Rosh Hashanah Song for Kids

Dip the Apple in the Honey: A Rosh Hashanah Song for Kids

This sweet animated video presents a popular American Rosh Hashanah song for kids with onscreen karaoke-style lyrics. The video is produced

The Maccabeats: This is the New Year – Rosh Hashanah

The Maccabeats: This is the New Year – Rosh Hashanah

This video presents an a capella cover of This is the New Year by A Great Big World by the Maccabeats, an all-male Jewish

Medley of Chasidic Rosh Hashanah Niggunim

Medley of Chasidic Rosh Hashanah Niggunim

This 12 minute long video presents an emotive medley of Chasidic melodies for Rosh Hashanah liturgy, performed by Motty Steinmetz

Achot Ketana: A Sephardic Rosh Hashanah Piyut

Achot Ketana: A Sephardic Rosh Hashanah Piyut

This post presents the lyrics and a musical rendition of Achot Ketanah (Little Sister), a liturgical poem sung in many

Shofar Callin’: A Rosh Hashanah Rap

Shofar Callin’: A Rosh Hashanah Rap

This animated music video about the Jewish New Year as an opportunity for change connects the Torah reading of Rosh Hashanah –

Fountainheads: Dip Your Apple

Fountainheads: Dip Your Apple

A Rosh Hashanah- themed parody of Waka Waka by Shakira, this high-energy music video features The Fountainheads singing about the hope and

Rosh Hashanah: Can’t Stop The Feeling

Rosh Hashanah: Can’t Stop The Feeling

A Rosh Hashanah-themed parody of Can’t Stop This Feeling by Justin Timberlake, this video features people  dancing in the streets of Jerusalem

Get Clarity: Rosh Hashanah Music Video

Get Clarity: Rosh Hashanah Music Video

A Rosh Hashanah-themed parody of Get Lucky by Daft Punk, this video features Chasidic Rock guitar player Menachem Herman and Orthodox Yeshiva

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Rosh Hashana Trivia Game

Rosh Hashana Trivia Game

Here’s a short trivia game about Rosh Hashana Click here to start

Deconstructed Al Het Activity

Deconstructed Al Het Activity

This link will lead you to a detailed outline of a ritual activity based on the traditional “Al Het” confessional

Egalitarian Versions of Hu Ya’anenu (Selichot & Yom Kippur)

Egalitarian Versions of Hu Ya’anenu (Selichot & Yom Kippur)

This post provides links to several different versions of “Hu Ya’anenu,” a prayer that recalls how God mercifully answered our

For Kids: Really, Really Sorry!

For Kids: Really, Really Sorry!

This entertaining animated video (9:08) teaches young children about the challenges and importance of saying sorry – and meaning it – as

Prayers Ascend to Heaven at the Western Wall

Prayers Ascend to Heaven at the Western Wall

Through beautiful imagery and animation, this video conveys the power of prayer, depicting the traditional Jewish belief that prayers of

Who By Fire: A Poem of Doubt and Return

Who By Fire: A Poem of Doubt and Return

This poem by non-traditional rabbi and spiritual seeker, Rabbi Patrick A. Beaulier, explores many of the intense themes of Rosh Hashanah through a piece based

An Alternative Avinu Malkeinu: Our Parent, Our Sovereign

An Alternative Avinu Malkeinu: Our Parent, Our Sovereign

Written by Rabbi Burt Jacobson of the Jewish Renewal movement, this alternative version of the liturgical prayer, Avinu Malkeinu, refers to God

Shofar Meditations for the Days of Awe

Shofar Meditations for the Days of Awe

This post offers two guided meditations based on the imagery and spiritual power of the shofar. Designed for Rosh Hashanah and

A Rosh Hashanah Glossary of Hebrew Terms

A Rosh Hashanah Glossary of Hebrew Terms

This glossary from ReformJudaism.org translates and explains many Hebrew words and phrases that one may come across over Rosh Hashanah,

Traditional Rosh Hashanah Recipes

Traditional Rosh Hashanah Recipes

This article presents recipes for traditional Rosh Hashanah dishes eaten in different communities. The Rosh Hashanah-themed foods are divided into

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