JH Kids is here to support you and your family. We have put together a collection of resources to help you celebrate the High Holidays during these unprecedented times.
Fun Activities for Kids
Run out of ideas for the High Holidays? Don’t worry, at JH Kids we have you covered. Check out these activities that you can do alone or as a family during this High Holiday season and enjoy!
Have fun with the games and activities in preparation for each festival and finish up before candle lighting of each festival so you can admire your crafts during Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simchat Torah.
Story and Activity Time for Kids
Engineer Ari and the Rosh Hashana Ride
Join us as we read "Engineer Ari and the Rosh Hashana Ride". Written by Deborah Bodin and illustrated by Shahar Kober.
Engineer Ari has the honour of riding the very first train from Jaffa to Jerusalem. He says some things that hurt his friends feelings and realises this throughout his journey. Join us to find out what he does about it.
Oops! I'm sorry by Sara Blau
Join us as we read "Oops! I'm Sorry". Written by Sara Blau and illustrated by Erin Taylor.
This is a special story for Yom Kippur, a time where we think about our behaviours and apologise when we have made mistakes.
The Very Best Place for a Penny by Dina Herman Rosenfeld
JJoin us as we read 'The Very Best Place for a Penny'. Written by Dina Herman Rosenfeld and Illustrated by Leonid Pinchevsky and Eliyahu Meshchaninov.
Activity 1: Make your own Tzedakka/Charity box.
Activity 2: Origami Dove.
Activity 3: Yom Kippur entertainment box.
Insights for Parents
Can Guilt be a Good Thing?
Yom Kippur is in just over a day. It is a time for introspection and reflection and that can bring up feelings of GUILT or SHAME. Guilt and shame are not the same. When appropriate, guilt encourages healthy realignment of behaviours with values. Shame does not do the same.
When we feel shame, we want to run away or disappear. It doesn't encourage change- instead we get caught up in a destructive cycle that feels unending. Do you know the differences between guilt and shame? Can you recognise them in your self-talk, or your children's? This is just a snippet of a much larger discussion. Get in touch to chat more.
What's My Family Motto?
Rosh Hashana- the beginning of a new year. We all want to have a sweet new year and we can take steps to make that happen.
A family motto or mission statement is a reflection of your family's values. Sometimes our behaviours represent our values beautifully, and sometimes they don't. We want our values to be reflected in our day to day interactions with ourselves and others. The values that we instil in our children from a young age, stay with them through to adulthood. Whether we like it or not, our family has a motto.
What is your family's motto? Try sitting down as a family and writing two lists- what we think our family motto is, and what we would like our family motto to be. If the two lists are the same, send me some notes :). But if there are discrepancies then this is the year to face them head on and make those tweaks in our behaviours so that they line up with our values.
This year, let our family motto be one that we choose for ourselves.
Make the Most of your High Holidays
Check out this video for some creative tips on how to make the most of your High Holidays this year, as we reflect on the challenges we are overcoming with Covid-19. If you have the energy for creativity- go for it and if you don't, take a breather and know that these ideas are not going to make or break your High Holiday experience.
1. Leave post it notes with connecting messages around the home. Encourage your children to do the same.
2. Turn your home into a Synagogue and get creative with the role play.
3. Write yourselves a new year letter filled with reflections and hopes. Check back on these letters again when your children turn 18.
4. Rose, Bud and Thorn discussion.
Wishing you and your family a Shana Tova- Happy New Year.