Rockdale’s Holidays at Home: Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, comprise the “High Holy Days” of the Jewish calendar.

Rosh Hashanah, which literally translates to “head of the year”, is a time for celebration and sweetness. We mark this joyous occasion with apples and honey (offering sweetness), round challah (to symbolize the cycle of life), friends and family, and worship services with the blowing of the shofar, all in preparation for a sweet new year!

Rosh Hashanah begins Sunday evening, October 2nd (services at 8pm) and continues Monday, October 3rd (youth and main services at 10am, tots at 9:30am). We invite the entire community to observe Rosh Hashanah at Rockdale Temple. Services are available for children, families, and adults. Click here to access our High Holy Day Schedule and Childcare Forms!

If you are unable to attend High Holy Day services at Rockdale, you now have the option to tune in at home on your computer! Click here for access to live-streaming services!

Click one of the topics below or scroll down for great information, how-to’s, activities, mitzvah opportunities, music videos, recipes, and more:


Blessings | About Rosh Hashanah | Adult Learning | Kids’ Activities | Mitzvot | Music | Recipes


Practice Singing the Blessings!

Learn to Read and Sing the Blessings for Rosh Hashanah!

Rosh Hashanah Kiddush & Shehecheyanu

Rosh Hashanah Blessings for Special Foods


More about Rosh Hashanah

What is the Meaning of the High Holy Days?

Rosh Hashanah Basics

Rosh Hashanah Glossary

How to Blow the Shofar


Learning for Adults

Rabbi Coran and Adam Bellows Teach about the Shofar

9 Things You Didn’t Know about Rosh Hashanah

Explore Rosh Hashanah at

New Year, Take Two: A Second Chance for a Conscious Year Ahead

Rosh Hashanah 101

Webinar: Sounds and Tastes of the New Year

Torah and Haftarah Readings for the High Holy Days


Activities and Videos for Children

Rabbi Coran Reads for Rosh Hashanah!

Tips to Engage Your Family in the New Jewish Year 

Shalom Sesame: Rosh Hashanah Hannah

Shalom Sesame: The Sticky Shofar

Rosh Hashanah Activity Pages

Rosh Hashanah Coloring Pages

Rosh Hashanah Crafts

Make an Apple Into a Honey Bowl!

Kids Try Jewish High Holiday Traditions

Paper Apple Centerpieces


Rosh Hashanah Mitzvah Opportunities

Participate in Rockdale’s High Holy Day Food Drive

Monetary donations and non-perishable food items will be accepted at Rockdale Temple for the Freestore Food Bank and the Jewish Family Service Heldman Family Food Pantry. Checks should be made payable to the Freestore Food Bank and sent to the Temple. The Freestore Food Bank truck will be located in the JCC parking lot during Yom Kippur morning services. Donations for the Jewish Family Service Heldman Family Food Pantry will be picked up after Simchat Torah. The drive begins on Selichot: Saturday, September 24, 2016 and continues through Simchat Torah: Monday, October 24, 2016.

Social Justice and the High Holy Days

A High Holy Days Social Justice Guide

Give to MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger


Celebrate with Music!

Why is the Music Different during the High Holidays?

Avinu Malkeinu (Janowski) sung by Barbra Streisand 

U’netaneh Tokef

Shofar Blast by Ellen Allard (kids)

Fountainhead sings “Dip your Apple”

Six13 sings “High Holiday Mashup”

Six13 sings “Shanah Tovah”



How to Make Round Challah

Honey Cake for Rosh Hashanah

Apple Nachos

Apple, Meet Your Sweetest Match

Pumpkin Bread with Cinnamon Whipped Honey

Smoked Salmon Baked Omelette

18 Delicious Recipes for Rosh Hashanah