Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, starts the evening of September 16th. This time of year is full of customs and traditions and it all coincides with back-to-school and fall. So, for me, one of the things it means is a new Jewish calendar and this isn’t something I have the time or energy to make!
For those that don’t know, the Jewish calendar follows a lunar calendar. Although secular calendars have tried to be more inclusive of 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. Today I thought I’d share with you my fave Jewish calendar picks for 5773 (2012-2013):
My yearly pick, hands down, is the Jewish Art Calendar by Mickie Caspi which comes in both a regular and mini sizes. I LOVE Mickie Caspi. We gave both sets of parents her parents’ gifts when we got married and her artwork is simply beautiful.
New this year in the world of Jewish calendars for kids is Sammy Spider’s Jewish Calendar. From what I can see, it looks fantastic and if your kids read the Sammy Spider books, they already know who Sammy is. I must confess, it makes me want to order two Jewish calendars this year.
Looking for an adult calendar that showcases some of the lovely Judaica collection from The Jewish Museum in NYC? They have both a wall calendar and an engagement calendar for those of you who like to use a non-eletronic calendar on the go.
Hope this helps you prepare for the new year just a little! Stay tuned for more Rosh Hashanah posts including a free printable for some quick and easy new year decor!