Rosh Hodesh Resources

  • Submitted on January 10, 2011

Below find Rosh Hodesh lesson plans, activities and articles. If you have material you would like to contribute, please click here.

Instructional Materials

Introduction to the Jewish Festivals – Text-based approach for teaching about Rosh Hodesh in a community day school. An excerpt from a middle school workbook used in Moriah College, Sydney, Australia. By Steve Bailey.

Kiddush Levana – A Hebrew source sheet for the monthly commandment of Kiddush Levana.

Rosh Chodesh Brochure – Based on Masechet Rosh Hashana and Hilchot Kiddush Hachodesh of the Rambam, this brochure calls upon Jews who see the new moon to testify at the High Court in Jerusalem. In Hebrew. Written by Shalom Berger and Tzvi Harris.

This New Month – The JCC Association Early Childhood Calendar Project, provides each month’s its themes and holidays. Includes activities, stories, songs, and recipes.

Articles

Rosh Chodesh Group Guide – Over the past few decades, the celebration of Rosh Chodesh has been intensified with the formation of Rosh Chodesh groups across the world. This is a guide for running a women’s Rosh Chodesh group. By Hillel.

Rosh Hodesh – The Women’s Holiday – An essay by Malka Puterkovsky about the custom for women to abstain from work on Rosh Chodesh, its origins and halakhot. At the end of the essay, the author explores why this custom is not widely observed.

The Jewish Month – Short article about the Jewish year’s combination of the solar and lunar calendars, the history of how a new month was declared, and how our current calendar was calculated.

Multimedia

Haftorahman for Shabbat Rosh Chodesh – A short video explaining the Haftorah that is read on Shabbat Rosh Chodesh.

Rosh Chodesh Hangman – Hangman quiz about Rosh Chodesh. From Academy BJE, Sydney Australia.

 

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