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Yom Kippur family activities

Jewish tradition reinforces the importance of saying, “I’m sorry” with the sacred observance of Yom Kippur. It is widely considered to be the holiest, most solemn day of the Jewish year.

Learn how you and your family can pursue social justice during the Jewish high holidays.

Spilled cereal? “Sorry!” Broken bongos? “Oops!” Overturned plant? “Sorry!” Stolen comic book? Accusations fly and tears fall as the cloud playhouse and Plony home confront the chaos of careless apologies and misplaced blame. A laser beam trap and giant basketball magically help Rafi and Ben learn that sometimes just saying sorry isn’t enough.

As part of your journey in preparing for the High Holidays, also known as the Days of Awe, here’s an activity that will engage you in finding new ways to make discoveries, and extend understanding beyond verbal and written modalities into the language of texture, rhythm, color, movement and sound.

I’m always interested in learning how others prepare for the High Holidays, also called the Days of Awe. I, myself, strive every day to learn more, do better and feel better. I have learned that I enter into this work from the inside out. While text supports and creates an integral piece of the foundation, my intentional learning and meaningful connection comes from a deeper place which informs and forms my foundation.

The High Holidays bring a special kind of panic upon Jewish families across the globe. Here's your guide to helping the holidays go more smoothly. 

Yom Kippur and toddlers don’t seem to go together very well. On the most solemn day of the calendar, it can be difficult to figure out what to do with a young child who isn’t ready to sit in services all day.

Take this quiz to test your knowledge about the Jewish High Holidays.

Young children can feel more involved and included in Yom Kippur with holiday crafts.


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