Students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades learned about and participated in some of the customs and rituals of Rosh Hashanah in anticipation of the Jewish New Year.
They were introduced to the meaning of the words Rosh Hashanah and the importance of the holiday. Part of the lesson included the purpose of a shofar, with Jeremy sounding it for them. They learned that all Jewish holidays start the night before the first day and that there is symbolism in the foods people eat during the holidays. Students were also given the chance to hear some prayers prior to the opportunity to eat apples, honey and challah. Eating round objects signifies a full year and adding honey represents adding sweetness.