Looking for a gift to brighten someone’s Jewish New Year? This Rosh Hashanah Care Package guide includes everything needed to share your New Year wishes in a care package or gift basket. The list suggests recipes for homemade treats as well as gifts you can purchase, all with the traditional flavors and symbols of the holiday.
For Jewish people all over the world, Rosh Hashanah is one of the most significant holy days of the year. Gifting a New Year’s present or care package is a wonderful way of adding your good wishes to the celebration.
For those who haven’t grown up observing Jewish holidays, the symbols and traditions of Rosh Hashanah can be a bit of a mystery. However, this short explanation of the holiday will make it easy for anyone to create great Jewish new year packages!
What is Rosh Hashanah ?
Rosh Hashana is the Jewish New Year according to the Hebrew calendar. The words “rosh hashana” translate as “head of the year”.
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) are referred to as the High Holy Days, and are the most important holidays in Judaism. The High Holy Days are traditionally a time of personal reflection , prayer and family gatherings.
- It is traditional to go to synagogue on Rosh Hashanah. Even many people who do not regularly attend services, make a point to attend on this important holiday.
- During services the Shofar, a wind instrument made from a ram’s horn, is blown..The meaning behind blast of the Shofar, and its different rhythms, have many interpretations. One purpose of the Shofar blast is a “wake up call” to reflect on our deeds and how to improve ourselves and the world.
- The festive meal in celebration of this holiday includes a round challah (egg bread) often with raisins, instead of the usual plain, braided loaf. The round shape represents the continuity of life. The raisins are for sweetness in life.
- The round challah and slices of apple are eaten dipped in honey to symbolize our hopes for a sweet New Year.
- Eating pomegranate is symbolic of the wish for our merits be many, like the many seeds of the fruit.
Care package tips
- Rosh Hashanah, the first day of the New Year on the Hebrew calendar, usually correlates with a September or October date on our Gregorian calendar. Cooler, fall weather may be starting in parts of the United States, but in many areas of the world it is still very hot.
- Temperatures should always be considered when sending a care package. When mailing to hot weather locations, be sure to choose foods and gifts that can withstand the heat without spoiling or melting.
- In addition to the suggestions in this gift guide, your local supermarket or online grocery store has many shelf stable apple, honey, and pomegranate products that make tasty treats for a holiday package! See item 9 below.
Gifts for care packages and gift baskets
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The items on this list make thoughtful gifts that can easily be presented in person or mailed in a Rosh Hashanah Care Package. Any of these gifts will surely help bring a sweet beginning to the New Year.
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HOT APPLE CIDER TEA
Apples being a symbolic Rosh Hashanah fruit, apple cider tea fits this gift theme perfectly. The seasonal herbal tea full of apples and cider spices makes a cozy beverage that smells and tastes like fall.
Need a festive cookie with your tea? Apple and Honey Cookies make beautiful and tasty holiday treats!
BEE CAUSE HONEY
I find it doubly gratifying to give a gift made by companies with missions to make the world a better place. All of the proceeds from honey sold by the Bee Cause Project go to providing schools with bee hives so that students can learn about bees and their importance to the environment.
While ordering, you may want to get a jar for yourself to use in baking! Moist and flavorful Honey Applesauce Cake (a traditional Rosh Hashanah dessert) uses 1/2 cup of honey. This is a great cool weather care package loaf. It travels well and tastes even better after a few days!
Individually packaged straws of honey are especially great for care packages going to deployed military or college students. These straws are easy to mail and easy to store when they arrive.
This package comes with 5 different natural flavors of honey for drizzling on apples and challah or for adding to a cup of tea!
SERVING BOWL FOR HONEY
This apple shaped bowl and honey spoon is a fun holder for holiday honey! This set makes a special gift for anyone hosting a holiday gathering.
SHANA TOVA (HAPPY NEW YEAR) DECORATIVE BANNERS
Banners are great for decorating a college dorm or military barracks for holiday celebrating. Include thumb tacks or a roll of tape to make hanging the banners easy.
MARZIPAN ROSH HASHANAH LOLLIPOP SET
Who wouldn’t love a set of lollipops in Rosh Hashanah shapes ?! Given as hostess gifts or in care packages, these sweet treats are bound to create smiles.
POPCORN TREAT BOX
Popcorn isn’t the only snack that can be packaged in these fun boxes! Wrap Honey Cake Biscotti and Apple Cinnamon Biscotti in plastic gift bags then stand the bags in the treat box! Homemade treats are always appreciated.
The treat boxes make gift wrapping simple and can be used in care packages to help protect baked goods being shipped.
ROSH HASHANAH COLORING BOOK
Coloring books aren’t just for children. Many adults find coloring to be a relaxing activity. A Rosh Hashanah themed coloring book could provide some much needed stress relief for deployed military and college students.
Include fine tipped markers or colored pencils and a pencil sharpener, so that your care package recipient can start the New Year by de-stressing immediately!
ROSH HASHANAH FOOD
There are all kinds of apple, honey, and pomegranate snacks that would be fun to add to a Rosh Hashanah care package or gift basket. Many of these can be found in your local grocery store.
Another option is to pick and choose a variety of items with traditional flavors, and let Amazon mail your box of New Year treats!
Some pomegranate treats are: chocolate pomegranate arils (click on photo above),pomegranate toaster pastry, and pomegranate licorice (click on photo above).
Have a good and sweet year!
Shanah Tovah Umetukah
שנה טובה ומתוקה