Celebrations & Holidays

This is the day that God has made—let us exult and rejoice on it. Psalms, 118:24


Celebrations and holidays are the exclamation points of our lives. On birthdays, we recognize the joy that family members and friends have brought us. On Thanksgiving, we reflect on our blessings. On Passover we recount the wondrous Exodus of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. Weddings invite us to rejoice in the potential of the future. Let’s fill our celebrations and holidays with greater meaning and purpose so that we can enrich our lives with deeper connections and enduring memories.

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Simple Ideas to Bring Shabbat to Life with Grandchildren

The Jewish Grandparents Network gratefully acknowledges Fred and Joyce Claar, who so generously supported the creation of this post. Every week, Shabbat provides a time to rest, relax, reflect, and recharge — a moment to take a break from the hectic swirl of daily life….

Hosting an Inclusive Seder: A Guide for Grandparents

At your seder, you will likely host a diverse group of guests — family and friends, neighbors, in-laws, even last-minute visitors — who may be of different religions, races, identities, cultures, and with a wide range of Jewish backgrounds. In this guide you will find…

Simple Ideas to Bring Shavuot to Life

Make Shavuot come alive with drama, crafts, and cooking activities with your grandchild.

Simple Ideas to Bring Passover to Life

New ways to joyfully celebrate Passover with your grandchild and family

Dayenu Seder: Short, Downloadable Mini-Haggadah

A short, family-friendly, and authentic way to celebrate the Passover seder

A Seat at the Passover Table: Making Memories with Your Teenage Grandchild

Ways to boost teen grandchildren’s role in the seder

Simple Ideas to Bring Purim to Life

Joyful ways to celebrate Purim with your grandchild in person or at a distance.

Simple Ideas to Bring Hanukkah to Life

Playful ways to celebrate Hanukkah with your grandchild in person or at a distance.

Simple Ideas to Bring the High Holidays to Life

Creative and playful ways to spark kids’ curiosity about Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

Sephardic Holiday Customs

Rich Sephardic traditions can spice up your family’s holiday celebrations.

An Insider’s Guide to Observing Purim

Four rituals (or mitzvot) for observing Purim.

Purim Activities to Do With Your Grandchildren Ages 3–8

Practical and fun Purim activities for you and your grandchildren.

Thanksgivukkah: 10 Minutes to Connect Thanksgiving and Hanukkah

Thanksgivukkah is when Thanksgiving and Hanukkah coincide. Here is a 10-minute ceremony to connect the two holidays.

Thanksgiving: 3 Ways to Add Jewish Insights

Customize and enrich your Thanksgiving celebrations with Jewish insights and traditions.

Hanukkah Candle-Lighting Blessings

Here are the blessings for lighting Hanukkah candles.

The Meaning of Celebrations and Holidays

Celebrations and holidays mark our lives with flashing indicators: These are the big ideas that matter to us, these are the people with whom we want to explore and experience them

8 Ways to Make Chanukah Your Own

Chanukah’s simplicity is what makes it beautiful. There are so many ways to make the holiday our own. Haggadot.com can help you discover eight rituals, centered around eight themes of Chanukah.

Halloween: A Jewish Spin

Want to put some Jewish flavor in grandkids’ favorite day? Halloween. It’s not just about candy. It’s also about neighborhood gatherings, carving pumpkins, school parades, and decorating outside and in with ghosts, goblins, and cobwebs.

Teshuvah Secret Handshake

The Hebrew word teshuvah is built on the Hebrew root letters that mean “returning.” Teshuvah means you get a second chance.

A Palace in Time

How can we make the Sabbath a “palace in time” for our families? Filmmaker and author Tiffany Shlain has a proposal.

Memorial Day: Living the Values

Memorial Day Mitzvah Zikaron—“remembrance”— is an important part of our Jewish tradition. We remember the miracle of the oil when we celebrate Hannukah. On Passover,

Miriam’s Dance Party: A Passover Project

Art plays an important role in Judaism. Artisans are mentioned in the Torah in relation to making beautiful textiles and ritual objects of precious stones and metals for the Tabernacle and Temple.