After spending time at my synagogue board retreat yesterday and with my little one on the verge of starting kindergarten, it is all too apparent that fall is about to sneak up on me. Last year’s Jewish calendar that functions as our family calendar in the kitchen is about to become obsolete and I haven’t even ordered a new one yet so it’s time to shop! So in Mamaleh-tradition, here is my round-up of this year’s calendar picks.
This year we have a little breathing room since Rosh Hashanah doesn’t start until the evening of September 24th! For those that don’t know, the Jewish calendar follows a lunar calendar. Although secular calendars these days try to include the Jewish holidays, they often only include the major ones and often confuse when they actually start and end. So, I like to have at least one Jewish calendar in the house so that I always know when the holidays are. Some even provide details like candle-lighting and Torah portions. Ours hangs in the kitchen for daily reference and use as a family calendar. There also happen to be some gorgeous ones out there that add a nice little Judaic flare to your wall. You can also give one as a fabulous Rosh Hashanah hostess gift if you are lucky enough to have someone cooking for you! So, once again, I am sharing with you my picks for a 5775 Jewish calendar:
My yearly pick hasn’t changed from last year (shockingly) and will probably always be the Jewish Art Calendar by Mickie Caspi. You can see each piece of artwork featured on Caspi’s website. I LOVE Mickie Caspi. She sort of reminds me of a Jewish Mary Engelbreit in terms of the warmth and cheer of her art. We gave both sets of parents her parents’ gifts when we got married and her artwork is simply beautiful.
I was holding out hope that they would have an updated Sammy Spider kids’ Jewish calendar like the one we bought a couple of years ago for my son. But, alas they don’t, so if you are looking for a Jewish calendar specifically geared towards kids, the pickings are slim. There is My Very Own Jewish Calendar which might work for you but it doesn’t really jump out at me. The art in the Malcah Zeldis Celebrations calendar seems equally appealing to both kids and adults so it might be a good family pick and frankly may give my standard pick a run for its money this year.
If you need something a bit more portable or to keep on your desk, check out The Jewish Museum’s Jewish Engagement Calendar. I got this one last year for blog scheduling purposes and sadly did not follow-through as much as I would have liked but may give it another go. It has good daily space for writing.
Another portable option seems to be the Executive Jewish Calendar but this doesn’t really look like it packs much pizzazz although it does have a decent amount of room inside to visualize a month at a time and take it to board or committee meetings.
For something totally different, check out this gorgeous tea towel calendar by Barbara Shaw – if you had a place big enough to hang it, it could be a really cool calendar alternative. It’s so cool, I’m sort of wondering where I could make it work! Modern Tribe also has a couple of other gorgeous Israeli-designed one-page calendars that are worth taking a look at as well.
Hope this helps you start to prepare for the new year just a little! Have you seen any other great calendars out there? Please share if you have! And if you want to get a jump on some super easy but sweet decorations to ring in the new year, you can always check out these Shana Tova printables from 2013 and 2012. And be sure to check back tomorrow – it’s my double-chai birthday so I’ve got a little present for a lucky reader out there to help me celebrate!