5 Ways to Safely Celebrate Rosh Hashanah with Your Family

5 Ways to Safely Celebrate Rosh Hashanah with Your Family

Rosh Hashanah gives us many reasons to celebrate life with the people we love. But amid restrictions in different places, you might be wondering how you can enjoy the New Year without turning it into a super-spreader event.


Historically in Jewish culture, creativity has run through the generations. Adaptation is in our genes, making it easy to go with the flow and still celebrate this holiday in a safe and meaningful way. Here are 5 ways you can have a safe and happy Rosh Hashanah!


  1. Look for outdoor shofar soundings

The blowing of the shofar is so symbolic for Rosh Hashanah. To keep safe though, you can see if your rabbi would be willing to play it outdoors in an open space. You can also choose to watch a video of someone blowing the shofar, or even blow your own with your immediate family.


  1. Keep it in your home

Maybe it’s not the best time to gather with the entire family for now. You can keep to your own family or extended pod you’ve kept during this time. It might not be as big and grand as you’d like, but good health is something to celebrate as well as preserve during this holiday.


  1. Set up outdoors

If weather and restrictions permit, set up your Rosh Hashanah celebration outdoors. Keep sanitizer handy and use disposable cutlery to minimize any chance of spreading germs. By staying outdoors, you’ll be able to gather with more of the people you love and do so safely.


  1. Put your celebration online

If you’re not comfortable mingling with family and friends outside of your immediate bubble, you can still include them from a distance. Set it up on Zoom and let everyone join in your livestream. Not comfortable hosting? Let someone else lead the service and you can log on and follow along.


  1. Enjoy the Traditional Foods

No matter what is going on, don’t forget that one of the best parts of Rosh Hashanah is the food! Enjoy apples and honey, fluffy challah, honey cake, matzo ball soup, tender brisket, and rugelach . Eat with those you feel comfortable dining with and use technology to “visit” with those you can’t get together with just yet.


Not keen on cooking for your immediate family or for an outdoor Rosh Hashanah gathering? Relax and enjoy the holiday while Gersky’s helps cater it. From small to large, we have a delicious menu of items you can order and pickup so you don’t have to sweat it out in the kitchen. But hurry, as we will try to honor last-minute requests from our Rosh Hashanah menu of delights. Happy New Year!



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