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(Age 11+) Jewish Feasts, Festivals, Holidays & Culture - Activity Book

(Age 11+) Jewish Feasts, Festivals, Holidays & Culture - Activity Book

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This journal is a do-it-yourself research journal.

We recommend using Jewish-authored books and websites to learn more about the holidays and celebrations mentioned in this journal. The following websites are full of valuable information and would be a good starting point:

There are also many wonderful books written about the Jewish holidays that will help you discover the rich history, culture, and meaning behind each celebration and guide you as you plan your own celebrations and traditions.

Table of Contents:
6 How to use this Journal

8 Introduction

10 Shabbat

26 Hebrew vs. Gregorian Calendar

28 Rosh Chodesh

30 Month of Nisan · Yom Ha’Shoah

59 Month of Iyar · Lag B’Omer · Yom Ha’Zikaron · Yom Ha’Atzmaut

84 Month of Sivan · Shavuot

98 Month of Tammuz

100 Month of Av · Tisha B’Av · Tu B’Av
114 Month of Elul

116 Month of Tishrei · Rosh Hashana · Yom Kippur · Sukkot · Shemini Atzeret · Simchat Torah

160 Month of Chesvan

162 Month of Kislev· Chanukah

176 Month of Tevet

178 Month of Shevat· Tu B’Shevat

188 Month of Adar· Purim

204 Lifecycle Events


Jewish history and culture are remarkably complex. Some holidays are major and some are minor. Some holidays are ancient and some are modern. Some include feasting, some include fasting. As you start studying the diverse Jewish holidays, it’s important to understand something about the diversity of the Jewish people. In over 4000 years of Jewish living, there has never been a consensus on what a Jewish life should look like.

Census numbers vary, but there are approximately 14.7 million Jews in the world. About 6.7 million live in Israel and another 5.7 million live in the United States. The rest are scattered across Europe, Central and South America, Africa, Australia, and beyond. For many, Jewishness is more like citizenship than religion.

If you’re unfamiliar with Jewish holidays, you might find the traditions to be strange. As you study, be sure to use Jewish websites for your research. They will have an insight into the culture and Hebrew language that is important. For example, in this book, you will see “G-d.” For Jews, the name of the Creator is the holiest word. Some have chosen to omit the “o” as a way of respecting the name by not allowing it to be destroyed or desecrated. Like much in Judaism, there is disagreement about this. For the sake of those who prefer “G-d,” we will use that spelling.

Exploring a culture’s holidays can be like visiting a new country without leaving home. As you discover the beauty and diversity of Jewish holidays, maybe you’ll start some new traditions with your family. Shalom!

See inside the journal here.

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