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The Best Kid-Friendly Ways to Celebrate the Jewish Holidays This Fall in Baltimore

Litlte girl blowing Shofar

School is in session, crisp apples are arriving at farmer’s markets and grocery stores, pumpkin spice is in full effect, and the fall Jewish holidays are right around the corner. We’ve put together a list of fun, family-friendly ways to celebrate the season including apple picking, crafts, outdoor holiday celebrations, family-friendly holiday services, and more.


Rosh Hashanah 2017 begins on Wednesday evening, Sept. 20 and concludes at sundown on Friday, Sept. 22. Yom Kippur 2017 begins on Friday evening, Sept. 29 and concludes at sundown on Saturday, Sept. 30. Sukkot 2017 begins on Wednesday evening, Oct. 4 and concludes with Shemini Atzeret on Thursday, Oct. 12 and Simchat Torah on Friday, Oct. 13.


Musical Selichot & Movie – The Women’s Balcony
Watch the acclaimed Israeli film The Women’s Balcony followed by a discussion led by Rabbanit Bracha Jaffee and musical Selichot services featuring Hazzan Avi Albrecht, the Kol Fusion acapella group, and Avraham Rosenbaum on guitar.
Beth Tfiloh Congregation, 3300 Old Court Rd
Saturday, September 16, 8:30 – 11:30 p.m.

Selichot Drum Circle
Kick off the High Holiday season with drumming, praying and reflecting around a bonfire led by Rabbi Dana Saroken and drumming instructor Jordan Goodman. Held in a private home, address given upon RSVP.
Address given upon RSVP
Saturday, September 16, 11:30 p.m.

Family Outing @ Weber’s Farm
Pick apples and other fall-related items for Rosh Hashanah and Sukkot. Sponsored by Beth El @ Federal Hill.
Weber’s Farm, 2526 Proctor Ln, Parkville
Sunday, September 17, 10 a.m. – Noon

Hands-On Holidays – Rosh Hashanah
Learn about the Jewish new year through stories, songs, and crafts. Best for ages 5 and under, free and open to all.
Ivy Bookshop, 6080 Falls Rd
Sunday, September 17, 10 – 10:45 a.m.

J Town Rosh Hashanah Celebration
Celebrate the Jewish new year with hands-on activities and creative play.
J Town, 5700 Park Heights Ave
Monday, September 18, 2 p.m. & Tuesday, September 19, 11 a.m.

Rosh Hashanah Under the Stars
Bring your own picnic dinner, blankets and lawn chairs for this popular, annual outdoor Rosh Hashanah celebration with fun, holiday activities in the young families pavilion followed by a family-friendly service led by Baltimore Hebrew Congregation’s Rabbi Sachs-Cohen and Cantor Kohn. Free.
Oregon Ridge Park, 13555 Beaver Dam Rd, Cockeysville
Wednesday, September 20, 4 p.m.

Bolton Street Synagogue Erev Rosh Hashanah in the Meadow
Welcome the Jewish new year with a picnic dinner, live music and holiday service. RSVP requested. Free and open to the community.
212 W Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore
Wednesday, September 20, 5 – 7:30 p.m.

B’nai Israel Rosh Hashanah Children’s Program
Sing, dance with the Torah, listen to the shofar and learn how bees make honey with the Bee Friendly Apiary, and finish up with challah and apples and honey.
B’nai Israel Congregation 27 Lloyd St
Thursday, September 21 & Friday, September 22, 10:30 a.m. – Noon

Tashlich with Beth Israel
Bring your family, friends, and neighbors for the symbolic casting away of sins by throwing breadcrumbs into a body of water. Meet in the rear parking lot, dress comfortably and BYO breadcrumbs. Free and open to the community.
Stevenson University- Owings Mills North Campus, Ted Herget Way (Gundry Lane)
Thursday, September 21, 5:30 p.m.

Rosh Hashanah Family Service
An engaging and musical holiday service led by Morah Becky Gordon. Advance registration required. Best for families with children in preschool through 1st grade.
Myers Auditorium, Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Ave
Thursday, September 21, 10 a.m.

Shabbat Shuva Drasha: Yizkor and the Afterlife
Prepare for Yom Kippur with Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg’s lesson on remembrance and belief. All are welcome.
Beth Tfiloh Congregation-Epstein Chapel, 3300 Old Court Rd
Saturday, September 23, 5:30 – 6:20 p.m.

Reflect, Refresh, Renew @ Real Food Farm
Join Repair the World Baltimore and help weed and prepare the farm for fall planting and participate in a “compost tashlich” to mark the Jewish New Year. Advance registration requested.
Real Food Farm, 2801 St Lo Drive, Baltimore
Sunday, September 24, 9 a.m. – Noon

Yom Kippur Community Craft
Schmooze with other families with young children while creating holiday-themed crafts to bring home.
J Town, 5700 Park Heights Ave
Thursday, September 28, 10 a.m. – Noon

B’nai Israel Yom Kippur Children’s Program
An age-appropriate Yom Kippur service with songs and a Torah parade.
B’nai Israel Congregation 27 Lloyd St
Saturday, September 30, 10 a.m.

Yom Kippur Family Service
An engaging and musical holiday service led by Cantor Melanie Blatt. Advance registration required. Best for families with children in preschool through 1st grade.
Myers Auditorium, Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Ave
Saturday, September 30, 10 a.m.

Hands-on Holidays – Sukkot
Learn about the harvest holiday of Sukkot through stories, songs, and crafts. Best for ages 5 and under, free and open to all.
Enoch Pratt Free Library, Roland Park Branch, 5108 Roland Ave
Tuesday, October 3, 10:30 a.m.

Sukkot Community Craft
Schmooze with other families with young children while creating holiday-themed crafts to bring home.
J Town, 5700 Park Heights Ave
Tuesday, October 3, 10 a.m. – Noon

Babies, Books & Bagels
Join other families with babies and toddlers for music, PJ Library story time, Sukkot-themed crafts, bagels, and schmoozing. RSVP required, free.
Owings Mills JCC, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave
Sunday, October 8, 10 – 11 a.m.

Sukkot Chaggiga
Celebrate the holiday of Sukkot in J Town with hands-on activities and creative play. All ages.
J Town, 5700 Park Heights Ave
Tuesday, October 10, 2 – 3 p.m. & 4 – 5:30 p.m.

 

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