Rosh Hashanah is a new beginning. And as we leave behind a year that has challenged us all, we look to Rosh Hashanah 2021 with hope: What will this new beginning bring?
For people like Inga, this year has been especially difficult. Inga is one of more than 80,000 elderly Jews across the former Soviet Union who depend on JDC for food, medicine, homecare, and more. Like all of us, Inga has had good and bad luck. When she defied medical school quotas for Jews and became one of Russia’s top doctors, that was good luck. But when the Soviet regime collapsed and her retirement savings vanished practically overnight, her luck ran out.
When you give to JDC, your generosity will ensure a sweet new year for tens of thousands of elderly Jews like Inga, and will ensure that they have not only what they need to survive, but to live dignified, joyful life. From delivering apples and honey to elderly Jews in the former Soviet Union to facilitating holiday workshops for Jews with disabilities in Kiev, Ukraine, JDC works to ensure that every Jew can celebrate the High Holidays knowing they are not alone.
Learn more about JDC’s ongoing work lifting Jewish lives and building Jewish life during the High Holiday season.
From Moldova to Mumbai, watch how JDC celebrates the Jewish new year with these videos from around the Jewish world.
2/5 cup sour cream (100 grams)
5 tbsp. melted butter
2 tbsp. honey
1 tsp. baking powder
1 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 cup of chopped walnuts, raisins, cranberries, and/or cherries (optional)
Cinnamon, to taste
Ginger, to taste
Vanilla extract, to taste
Mixed berries, as garnish
Powdered sugar, as garnish
“I never met my great-grandmother, but I know she survived the Holocaust and passed this recipe on to us. I’m glad to share it with the whole Jewish world.”
— Yuri Moskvitin
17, volunteer and madrich (counselor) in Poltava, Ukraine
5 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and grated to yield approximately 3 ½ cups, loosely packed
1 ¹/3 cups water
1 cup sugar
Handful of raw, peeled almonds (optional)
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Every Rosh Hashanah, my grandmother, who lived in Athens, made my favorite apple jam and mailed it to us in New York. When my husband and I got married in Greece during September, she lovingly prepared 400 small jars as wedding favors for our guests!
— Sharon Benmayor`
Member of the Jewish community in Athens, Greece
8 cups flour
4 tbsp. yeast
¼ cup olive oil
About 1 ¾ cup water, warm but not boiling (400 ml)
About 7/8 cup sugar (165 grams)
1 tbsp. honey
1 tsp. salt
3 eggs, divided
I’ve been working on my recipe for over three years to achieve perfection. My challah is electrifyingly fluffy.
— Kaja Siczek
Teen coordinator at Warsaw JCC
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