This New Month - Discover the Jewish Calendar with Your Family
This New Month is a resource for family and school celebrations that marks the festival of the New Moon called Rosh Chodesh (“the head of the month”). Rosh Chodesh was established as a holiday in the Torah and dedicated to Jewish women. As a part of our new JCCs of North America Early Learning Framework, we have revised This New Month to encourage children and families to explore the natural world, engage their senses, and stimulate exploration and inquiry. We hope you enjoy this resource.
Each month will feature some of the following:
- An introduction to the month and its special features
- Recipes from various Jewish holiday cookbooks
- Family experiences to share at home
- Film clips to trigger classroom and home conversations about Jewish life and living
Take an exploratory journey with us and open up a new world for your family!
The Jewish Calendar is based on three astronomical phenomena: the rotation of the Earth about its axis (a day); the revolution of the moon about the Earth (a month); and the revolution of the Earth about the sun (a year). The lunar month on the Jewish calendar begins when the first sliver of moon becomes visible after the dark of the moon.
Activity One: Moon Journal
Download a moon journal to go outside with your family and observe the moon and its phases.
- Number the days on the moon journal according to the month.
- Remember that the shape of moon is always round. Each circle on the moon journal represents the moon. Have your children shade in the area of the moon they cannot see at the time of observation.
Activity Two: Oreo Cookie Moons
Children use Oreo cookies to model the moon by removing the icing in the middle to represent the moon’s phases.