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Webquest: Rosh Hashanah

Level: Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. In this webquest, students will investigate the holiday and learn more about Jewish culture.

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Activity 1

In order to understand when Rosh Hashanah is, we have to investigate the Jewish calendar. Visit the sites below, and answer the questions.

1. Describe the Jewish calendar.

2. What is it based on?

3. When will Rosh Hashanah start this year? 

Activity 2

Visit the sites below to find out the answers to the question.

1. How is Rosh Hashanah celebrated?

Activity 3

One important aspect of Rosh Hashanah is the celebration of the Days of Awe. Use the following site to help you answer the question.

1. What are the Days of Awe?

2. What happens during them?

Activity 4

Tashlikh is a very interesting custom. Visit the following sites to help you answer the question.

1. What is Tashlikh?

Activity 5

The shofar is a musical instrument, and it is an integral part of the celebration of Rosh Hashanah. Use the sites below to find the answers to the following questions.

1. What is a shofar?

2. What does it sound like?

3. Why is it so important?

Activity 6

Food is a very important part of Rosh Hashanah, and there are many Jewish customs related to food. Make a copy of the table below then use the following website to help you fill in the table.

 type of food custom related to food







Activity 7

Look at the following websites to find out about other traditions associated with the festival such as greetings, sending cards, candle-lighting and remembering the dead.

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