Yamim Noraim is the name of the two most important days in the Jewish calendar: Rosh Hashana (Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement).
Rosh Hashana is a two-day celebration, which begins on the first day of Tishrei ( the first month of the Jewish civil year). Rosh Hashanah customs include blowing the shofar and eating apples dipped in honey for a “sweet new year”.
Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year for the Jewish people, it’s about atonement and repentance. We observe a 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer and we often spend most of the day in the synagogue.
In Or Avner-Green Kindergarten and School we learn about Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, we introduce children to special traditions related to these holidays: blowing the shofar, saying prayers , eating the head of a fish or eating symbolic food such as apples dipped in honey. Children become familiar and understand the concepts of repentance, forgiveness and friendship through age-appropriate activities.