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Where to Celebrate the High Holidays with Kids in Baltimore

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It’s September, people! Even if the weather disagrees, it is time to exchange the beach bags and pool towels for lunch boxes and backpacks and start planning for the Jewish High Holidays.

Rosh Hashanah—the Jewish New Year—is less than two weeks away, beginning on Sunday, September 13 at sundown, followed by Yom Kippur—the Day of Atonement—which starts on Tuesday evening, Sept. 22. But wait, there’s more! Right after that comes the harvest holiday of Sukkot, which we usher in on Sunday evening, Sept. 27.

So what to do about all these holidays? We’ve put together a list of the top ways to celebrate and learn about the holidays with your little ones, along with some other programs to keep you busy on the non-holiday days of the month as well.

While you’re at it, share your resolution for the Jewish New Year on Kveller’s Rosh Hashanah Resolutions page.

Need some menu inspiration for all of those holiday meals? Check out the apple and honey cupcakes on Kveller, and the pomegranate and honey glazed chicken over at The Nosher.

September

Tot Shabbat @ J Town
Come to J Town every Friday morning for Shabbat stories and songs followed by challah and grape juice.
J Town @ The Weinberg Park Heights JCC, 5700 Park Heights Ave.
Fridays, September 4, 11, 18, 25, 11 a.m. – Noon

The Empty Place at the Table: Coping with Loss During the Holidays
The loss of a loved one is hard year-round but can be particularly difficult surrounding holidays. Discuss ways to find support and comfort.
JCS Owings Mills (Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC), 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave.
Wednesday, Sept. 9, 7-8:30 p.m.

Celebrate Rosh Chodesh @ J Town
Meet the “Chodshi Family” and celebrate the new Jewish month with story time and hands-on activities.
J Town @ The Weinberg Park Heights JCC, 5700 Park Heights Ave.
Monday, Sept. 12, 10:30 – 11 a.m. & 3 – 3:30 p.m.

Rosh Hashanah Under the Stars
Welcome the Jewish New Year with thousands of other Jews at a free outdoor service held at Oregon Ridge Park sponsored by Baltimore Hebrew Congregation. Bring your own picnic dinner and enjoy family activities organized by PJ Library.
Oregon Ridge Park, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville
Sunday, Sept. 13, Park opens @ 4:30 pm, Service begins @ 6 p.m.

Rosh Hashanah in the Park
Pack a picnic lunch and participate in a family service organized by Temple Isaiah followed by tashlich and dessert. Free and open to all.
Centennial Park, Pavilion H, 4800 Woodland Rd., Ellicot City
Monday, Sept. 14, 1:30 p.m.

Hands On Holidays
Story time, music, and crafts to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. For children ages 5 and under. Free
Ivy Bookshop, 6080 Falls Road Baltimore
Sunday, Sept. 20, 10 – 11 a.m.

Happiest Baby on the Block
Tips and tricks to soothe your crying newborn to help both of you get more sleep!
Downtown Baltimore JCC; 1118 Light Street, Suite D, Federal Hill
Sunday, Sept. 20, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Open Play & JCS Parenting Workshop
Burn off some steam at open play and participate in a child-interactive parenting workshop on work/life balance featuring a special craft project. RSVP required, limited space available
Downtown Baltimore JCC; 1118 Light Street, Suite D, Federal Hill
Sunday, Sept. 27, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Around The World in J Town
Learn about a new Jewish community around the world through stories, snacks, and songs.
J Town @ The Weinberg Park Heights JCC, 5700 Park Heights Ave.

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 4 p.m.

October

Tot Shabbat @ J Town
Come to J Town every Friday morning for Shabbat stories and songs followed by challah and grape juice.
J Town @ The Weinberg Park Heights JCC, 5700 Park Heights Ave.
Fridays, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 11 a.m. – Noon

Family Farm Day
Enjoy hands-on fun and learning on the farm and a special PJ Library story time celebrating the harvest holiday of Sukkot. Call 410-500-5381 or email for more information.
Pearlstone Center, 5425 Mt. Gilead Rd., Reisterstown
Sunday, October 4

Mazel Tales
Learn about the customs and traditions surrounding the Jewish holiday of Sukkot through stories, music, and crafts. For children ages 5 and under. Free.
Enoch Pratt Free Library, 52014 Roland Ave.
Tuesday, October 6, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Shalom Baby: Childbirth Classes with a Twist
Expecting your first child or want a refresher course before a return trip to the delivery room? Shalom Baby gives you the traditional childbirth prep experience with a Jewish twist. Email or call (410) 735-5013 for more information.
Macks Center for Jewish Education, 5708 Park Heights Ave.
Wednesdays, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28

Best wishes for a sweet, happy, and healthy New Year—from our Kveller family to yours.

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