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  • Writer's pictureTziporah Altman-Shafer

6 Ways You Can Make Rosh Hashanah Meaningful for Your Children (and Yourself)

The holidays are almost here. It can be overwhelming to figure out how to celebrate as a family. Help is here. Below are six ways to make Rosh Hashanah more meaningful.

  1. Surround yourself with music for the holidays. There are so many wonderful Rosh Hashanah songs on Youtube. Get started with this playlist. The music is uplifting and fun; start listening now and it will get you in the mood for the holiday.

  2. Plan to celebrate the holidays with friends and/or family. Invite someone over for a meal, it doesn’t have to be elaborate. Celebrating together makes the holiday more memorable and fun. Your children will also learn the value of hospitality.

  3. Speaking of food, cook for the holiday with your children. Click here for lots of easy holiday recipes, from honey cake, to kugel, to challah.

  4. Attend services at a local synagogue. Many synagogues are free and open to everyone, especially the first year you attend. There are also children’s programs and family services at many locations. Check out this list of services in the Milwaukee Jewish community.

  5. Reflect with your family about what you have done right the past year and the ways in which you can improve. A fun way to do this is through the I’m Coming Clean website from the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland.

  6. Read Jewish books together. This is a great way to learn about Rosh Hashanah and lots more. If you have a child age 6 months-8 years old, PJ Library will send you free Jewish children’s books every month. Sign up here.

There are so many educational opportunities in Milwaukee. If you would like some help finding the right program for your child, contact Tzipi Altman-Shafer to talk about how you can “Go Jewish” with your family (414-963-2718 or

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