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August 24, 2018  RSS feed
Culture

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Here are some special gifts for your Rosh Hashanah hosts

By MY JEWISH LEARNING STAFF JTA news service

Invited to someone’s house for a Rosh Hashanah meal and looking for an appropriate gift? In addition to the always appreciated flowers or bottle of wine, here are some other must-have (or must-give) items for the Jewish New Year.

Jewish calendars

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year after all, and every year needs a calendar. While many, if not most, people rely on digital calendars for day-to-day scheduling, a pretty wall calendar makes a nice decoration and can help keep the household organized. Most Jewish calendars sold in the United States list secular dates as well as Hebrew ones (including all the holidays, of course), and run through the end of the next Gregorian year. (So one that starts with Rosh Hashanah in 2018 will last you until December 2019.) You can find a wide selection online and in Judaica stores and bookstores.

Someone with an artistic bent or who enjoys the stress relief that comes with coloring might enjoy this coloring-book calendar featuring intricate Judaic motifs such as Jewish stars and Hanukkah menorahs. Or the one from New York’s Jewish Museum, which showcases a variety of paintings, sculptures and ceremonial objects from its collection.

Jewish cookbooks

If your host invited you over for a home-cooked meal, he or she probably likes to cook. The four books listed here were published within the last couple of years, so there’s a good chance your host doesn’t yet own them – and what better than a cookbook to subtly convey to your host that you’d love more holiday meal invitations?

Modern Jewish Baker: Challah, Babka, Bagels & More is written by Shannon Sarna, the editor of The Nosher food blog, part of the 70 Faces Media family that includes My Jewish Learning. In this gorgeous book, she pays homage to Jewish baking traditions while reinvigorating them with modern flavors and new ideas.

The mother-daughter team of Gabrielle Rossmer Gropman and Sonya Gropman in The German-Jewish

Cookbook: Recipes and History of a Cuisine features recipes for German-Jewish cuisine as it existed in Germany prior to World War II, and as refugees later adapted it in the United States and elsewhere. The dishes are a departure from better-known Eastern European Jewish fare and focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients.

Israeli baker Uri Scheft’s Breaking Breads: A New World of Israeli Baking offers sweet and savory recipes for European, Israeli and Middle Eastern favorites.

For vegan cooks – or those who often have a vegan family member or guest at their table – The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook: Entertaining for Absolutely Every Occasion by Isa Chandra Moskowitz offers meat- and dairy- and egg-free recipes for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (break-the-fast), as well as dishes for a variety of other Jewish and non-Jewish holidays.

Honey dishes

It is traditional to dip apples in honey on Rosh Hashanah, and a special honey dish can add extra beauty to the practice. We like the stainless steel and glass one by Art Judaica that says “shana tova umetuka” (a good and sweet new year) in Hebrew and Rosh Hashanah apple plate and honey dish set with a pomegranate design available in red, blue and gray from Quality Judaica.

Assorted items

Barbara’s Gifts is based in Israel but ships to the United States. Its Rosh Hashanah gift box contains a pomegranate hand towel, pomegranate challah cover, Jewish calendar tea towel, pomegranate-shaped trivet, pomegranate fabric placemats, a pomegranate notepad and set of Rosh Hashanah greeting cards.

If your host likes scented candles, try an apples-and-honey one from DW Home. You can also find a variety of pomegranate-scented candles.

Off the beaten path

Who doesn’t need a Rosh Hashanah-themed smartphone cover/case? These Luxlady ones come in various sizes for popular iPhone and Android models.

Children and adults alike will enjoy accessorizing with High Holiday-themed nail decals from Midrash Manicures.

Nothing quite right? Try searching for Rosh Hashanah on Etsy or visit The Sabra Patch, an Etsy-like online store for Israeli artists.


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