Families learn beekeeping and honey-making for the Jewish New Year


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  • Parents and children made their own paper bees (Photo provided)




  • Parents and children taste fresh honey straight from the honey comb (Photo provided)




— More than 50 children and parents gathered at Rockin’ Mountain Honey in Monroe to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.

The children’s eyes grew wide as they watched their host, dressed in head-to-toe protection, extract honey from a live bee hive. There were squeals of joy as the children were given their own honey jars to fill with the freshly extracted honey.

Apples dipped in honey are a traditional food eaten at Rosh Hashanah. The sweetness of the apples and honey symbolizes the wish for a sweet new year. This year, Rosh Hashanah began on Sunday night and was celebrated on Monday and Tuesday.

“The sweetness of the honey was matched by the sweet smiles on the kids faces today,” said Rabbi Rachel Rubenstein, Director of Education at the Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County. “We provide fun and dynamic Jewish programming year-round, throughout Orange County, and watching the parents and children interact and start to form friendships and community with one another is what this is all about!”

The families were gathered as part of the PJ Library program, a program of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. For more information about PJ Library, visit https://jewishorangeny.org/pj-library-pj-our-way.

About the Jewish FederationSince 1977, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County has been working together with community members to build and support a strong Jewish community — enriching people’s lives, helping those in need, and embracing new Jewish families. Each year our recipient organizations in Orange County, subsidized by generous Federation funding, help tens of thousands of people here at home. As part of the Jewish Federations of North America, we support hundreds of thousands more with our humanitarian initiatives around the world.



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