Monday, September 9, 2013

Gifts for Rosh Hashana

I'm not a big fan of the Jewish holidays. Not very politically correct, I know, but I'm trying to be honest. The only Jewish holiday I really like is Purim, which is kind of like a Jewish Halloween. Other than that, well... Not for me. And I feel the same also about Rosh Hashana, Jewish New Year. The biggest downside of Rosh Hashana, by the way, is the fact that it usually comes a couple of weeks after school year starts. This year it was even worse - only a week after the kids went back to school, they had 4 days off AGAIN.
There are also 2 things I do like about Rosh Hashana - we traditionally give gifts to our loved ones and we also send or give greeting cards.

This year we celebrated Rosh Hashana Eve at my mother in law's. A couple of months ago she asked me to sew her a beach bag similar to the one I sewed for us 2 years ago.

Beach Bag
That's our old beach bag
Well, Rosh Hashana seemed like a great timing to make one for her. So I did, but I added some extra features, like lining, inner pockets, water bottle pocket, key holder and Velcro. I love it so much, that it was really hard to give it away. Luckily it was given to a loving home :). And... I also prepared a tutorial for this bag, which you'll be able to enjoy very soon!

Beach Bag - gift for Rosh Hashana
That's the new one, the one my mother-in-law got from us

Beach Bag - gift for Rosh Hashana

My sister in law was also with us for the dinner, so I made her a necklace and a ring. These fabric necklaces are oh-so-trendy these days. They're cheap and easy to make, and although it takes some time to make one, they're so pretty and attractive, so I think it's worthwhile.

Fabric Necklace for Rosh Hashana

And another one... 

Fabric Necklace for Rosh Hashana

Soon you'll be able to find them also on my Etsy shop.
It was also hard to say goodbye to this ring that I made her...

Ring - gift for Rosh Hashana

To friends and other family members, I made honey cookies, then we packed and wrapped them nicely and added a Shana Tova (Happy Jewish New Year card) which is actually a refrigirator magnet. Did you know you can buy magnet "paper" and just print on it in your home printer?!?!? I love the 21th century!!!

Cookies & Rosh Hashana refrigirator magnets

Cookies & Rosh Hashana refrigirator magnets

Shana Tova! Happy Jewish New Year!


  1. Wow, you know a lot about Jewish traditions! Well, I think the most important tradition in passover is not to eat chametz. Personally, I do eat, but many stores and supermarket don't sell any chametz during the 7 days of Passover...

  2. Tal, I love these. I can't wait to see the tutorials. You are very talented. Thanks so much for sharing your talents with the rest of us.

    1. Thanks Regina! I'm hoping to post the tutorial soon.