Each fall, the Jewish New Year brings with it an exciting opportunity for a new beginning. If you are preparing to celebrate your first Rosh Hashanah in your new apartment, you may be thinking about inviting over a few friends to take part in the festivities. While fasting together for Yom Kippur may not be terribly fun, the Jewish New Year presents ample opportunities for reflection and coming together with friends and family to celebrate. Give these tips for celebrating the Jewish New Year a try:
Make Themed Snacks
Apples and honey are significant symbols of Rosh Hashanah, so why not make some themed snacks for your friends and family? While you can always go the traditional route and serve up a bowl of apple slices and some honey for dipping, getting a little creative is way more fun. You can make cookies in the shape of honey jars or dye and mold Rice Krispie treats to make them look like apples. For a twist on the traditional apple slices and honey snack, carve out an apple and use it as a bowl in which to hold the honey for dipping.
Throw a Break Fast Party
If you’re far away from home for Yom Kippur this year, you may be worried that you’re going to miss out on the traditional Jewish New Year break fast. But just because you’re living in your own apartment doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate with classic eats! Throw a dinner party for your friends and cook all the traditional fare–everything from brisket to apple cake. If you’re not much of a cook, throw a potluck and assign a traditional Jewish dish to each of your friends.
Another great way to celebrate the Jewish New Year is to go on outdoor adventures that align with some of your favorite fall activities. Go apple picking, stroll through the park and enjoy the beautiful fall foliage, or walk around the local farmers market and do a bit of honey tasting. Rosh Hashanah is an excellent opportunity to focus on renewal and celebration.
Have your closest friends over to sip on kosher wine and reflect on the last year. Talk about your regrets, your success, and what you hope to do better in the new year. As you each make resolutions, promise to help each other stick to them. You can also have each of your friends write and seal a letter to their future selves and send it to them in six months–it’s a unique way to bring everyone closer together.