Judaism 101

Want to feel confident walking into a synagogue, seder or shiva? Start with our Judaism 101 video collection.

What is Rosh Hashanah?

A basic primer on what Rosh Hashanah is, for everyone. This video explains what the holiday is about, how different communities celebrate it, what the special foods and traditions are, and the spiritual connection. A great intro for Jews and non-Jews alike – share with your curious coworker or family member.

Written by Rabbi Mark Melamut of Congregation B’nai Emunah in San Francisco, and shared by the irrepressible Jason Mesches, actor, musician and nice Jewish boy.

Shana tova! Happy New Year! Have a beautiful, inspiring Rosh Hashana!

Rosh Hashanah Blessings Over Apples

The cast of Shaboom! visited a real life preschool class to teach kids about the Jewish tradition of blessing apples and honey for a sweet new year.  Learn how to say the Hebrew blessings for Rosh Hashanah with the Plonys in this short, adorable, sweet video.  Shana tova!

Now, learn to sing Dip the Apples, another fun holiday song!

Blessing the Apples

What is Yom Kippur? An introduction

The Day of Atonement is the most holy day of the Jewish year and it is full of spiritual opportunity if you open yourself up to its customs, prayers and melodies. This short video is a basic primer on what Yom Kippur is, for everyone. It explains what the holiday is about, where it comes from, what to expect at a service and how to break the fast! A great intro for Jews and non-Jews alike – share with your curious coworker or family member.

For Rosh Hashanah: Wake Up World

a Rosh Hashanah story app that turns your phone into a shofar you can really blow
Featuring narrator Randi Zuckerberg

Wake up World appFor iOS and Android

For Yom Kippur: eScapegoat

A web app to help you atone. Like in Bible Times, only nerdier.

eScapegoat

For Yom Kippur: Jonah Run

An infinite runner game about the Book of Jonah.

Jonah Run

For iOS and Android

Rosh Hashanah: Shofar Callin’

By Reuben 'Prodezra' Formey

Shofar Callin’ connects the story Jews read on Rosh Hashanah, the Binding of Isaac, with the ritual blowing of the Shofar, or ram’s horn.

What’s the connection? Find out how the Jewish New Year is WAY more than just a day to spend in synagogue, and how the call of the Shofar can be spiritually meaningful in your daily life. Written and delivered in hard-hitting rhyme by rising Savannah hip hop artist Prodezra Beats.

Also watch our Rosh Hashanah 101 video for more information about the Jewish new year.

This video includes the Akedah story from Parshat Vayera and has great relevance during the whole year for those learning about Abraham, Isaac and the book of Bereshit (Genesis).

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Rosh Hashanah Lyrics

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Rosh Hashanah Source Sheet

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G-dcast Shofar Callin MP3

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Rosh Hashana Lesson Guide

The Book of Jonah

By Josh Nelson

Yom Kippur is an amazing opportunity to change, grow and connect.

Just ask Jonah, the hero of the Yom Kippur afternoon haftarah. Check in with Jonah and the whale (okay, fish) and learn how Yom Kippur connects us to God, to our communities, and to our true selves.

To learn the basics of Yom Kippur, watch our Judaism 101 video.

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Yom Kippur Source Sheet

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Overboard Lyrics

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Overboard MP3

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Yom Kippur Lesson Guide

The LEGO® Sukkot Movie

By Evan Wolkenstein

It’s a Lego® Sukkot stop motion animation and we couldn’t be more geeked out about it! Learn the basics of the Jewish holiday called Sukkot, including festival huts, lulavs, etrogs, foods, prayers and the spiritual meaning of all the unique rituals. This stop motion animation is a great intro to the holiday for Jews and non Jews alike – make it part of your holiday emails and party invitations, or show it to your kids to get them inspired about building their own sukkahs this year!

This piece was written and narrated by Evan Wolkenstein, a beloved BimBam contributor and teacher of Tanach. For more Sukkot learning, check out:

  • Sukkot: Back to Basics – a music video based on the book of Kohelet, or Ecclesiastes, which is customarily read during the holiday of Sukkot
  • How to Build a Sukkah – a beatbox How To video made in collaboration with Moishe House

 

Yes! We have a teachers’ guide available for this video. It’s a rich, creative set of LEGO® building activities that have media production components baked in as well. While you don’t need technology to do these activities, you do need LEGO bricks – enough for your students to build some Sukkot themed objects together. If your school doesn’t have these already in storage somewhere, you will want to hit some thrift shops, or, you’ll need to be creative about working with other building materials like paint and popsicle sticks, beads, or even vegetables.

This guide will help you prepare either a one hour special session, or three hour session (or series of 1 hour sessions) for a group of students. We recommend working with children in 3rd grade and up on these activities, but your mileage will vary.

Another great way to use this video is in your family’s celebration – check out this Sukkot @Home Parent Guide from Jewish LearningWorks in San Francisco. Check it out here.

Do note that LEGO®is a trademark of the LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this site.

LEGO Sukkot Teachers’ Guide

Sukkot: Back to Basics

By Hadara Levin Areddy

Sukkot is the happiest Jewish holiday, but it’s traditional to read Kohelet (Ecclesiastes), which can get pretty gloomy! Hadara Levin-Areddy tells the story from King Solomon’s point of view and connects the dots from sadness to joy.

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Sukkot Lyrics

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Sukkot Source Sheet

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Back to Basics (The Sukkot Song) MP3

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Sukkot Lesson Guide

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