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Custom-Designed Rosh Hashanah Shofar Craft

Embarking on to the journey of welcoming in a new year is a pivotal occasion celebrated by participating in an abundance of time-honored traditions and festivities throughout the entire world. Each religion and culture brings into modern society a curated collaboration of past connections and future possibilities. Rosh Hashanah (Hebrew: ראש השנה‎, Rosh Hashanah, 
"head of the year") marks the start of the Jewish New Year. As the first of the High Holy Days, the ten-day period of introspection and repentance culminates with Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement. Rosh Hashanah is celebrated on the first and second days of the Hebrew month of Tishrei, typically observed in September or October. The holiday commemorates the creation of the world and marks the beginning of the Days of Awe for the Jewish faith. On Rosh Hashanah, synagogue services are held where the shofar, a ram's horn, is blown. The shofar is a reminder of the need for repentance and to turn back to God. Bring the family together to get creative as you observe Rosh Hashanah with this custom-designed shofar craft.

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Custom-Designed Rosh Hashanah Shofar Craft

During traditional observances include eating symbolic foods, such as apples dipped in honey, which represent a hope for a sweet new year, and tashlich, a ritual of symbolically casting away one's sins into a body of water.

Hear the Shofar and Make Your Own

Make Your Own Shofar

A real shofar is made from a ram's horn, and it takes some skill to blow it. You can make a pretend shofar at home that's easy to "blow" since the sound is your own voice.


Large Paper Plate
Masking Tape

1 Roll the paper plate into a cone and staple it into place. (You may need an adult's help with this.)

2 Bend the plate to look like a horn. Use masking tape to hold the shape. Then wrap the whole shofar in masking tape to give it a horn-like look.

3 Hold the shofar up to your mouth and make loud shofar noises, letting everyone around you know that it's time to pay attention and make the world better!

The Four Shofar Blows

1 Tekiah - The Single Blow
2 Shevarim - Three "Broken" Blows
3 Truah - Nine or More Rapid Blows
4 Tekiah Gedolah - The Great Blast

Visit pjlibrary.org/grow to hear the shofar sounds.

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