Watch CBS News

A Guide To Celebrating Rosh Hashanah 2012 In New York City

Happy New Year! Or should we say, L'Shana Tova? Rosh Hashanah, the Hebrew new year and one of the High Holidays in Judaism, began at sundown Sunday night. Rosh Hashanah is traditionally celebrated by blowing the shofar, eating apples and honey and spending time with family and friends. While you may not get to see a ball drop for this new year, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate in New York City.

Shofar in the Park

Shofar (credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Central Park Bandshell, 5 p.m. - 6 p.m., Sept. 17

Jews have been blowing the shofar, which is a hallowed ram's horn, as a way to celebrate the new year for thousands of years. This year, Chabad of the West Side and Chabad Centers of Manhattan, are gathering at the bandshell of Central Park for the blowing of the shofar.

Rosh Hashanah Challah Cooking Class

Cooking Class
(credit: David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Taste Buds Kitchen
109 West 27th St.,
Sept. 17 and 18

What is a better way to spend the day off from school than honoring the tradition of eating apples and honey (to bring in a sweet year!) by learning to cook? On Sept. 17 and 18, Taste Buds is offering a two-day cooking class for kids ages five to 10, who will get to make Apple Honey Challah.

StorahTelling High Holidays

(credit: StorahTelling/Facebook)

City Winery
155 Varick Street
Wednesday, Sept 28 at 6:30 p.m.
Reviews & More Info

Join City Winery and the StorahTelling for an all-new High Holiday experience. With the purchase of your ticket, you'll be admitted to a service that combines all the tradition of a High Holiday service, with fun and exciting elements such as music, interactive learning, visual media and more. Following the service, there will be a Kiddush catered by City Winery.

The Jewish Museum

Alessi Apple Honey Pot - Dresser
Alessi Apple Honey Pot (credit: Alessi)

1109 Fifth Avenue

For the Rosh Hashanah holiday, the Jewish Museum will feature a selection of special objects and entertaining pieces by Italian kitchen company Alessi, all inspired by  Jewish traditions and holidays. Items include an elegant Rosh Hashanah Apple and Honey Set (pictured) and a dramatic Passover Seder Plate.

High Holidays Package

Blowing the shofar on Rosh Hashanah
Blowing the shofar on Rosh Hashanah (file/credit: PAL PILLAI/AFP/Getty Images)

92nd Street Y
Lexington Avenue at 92nd St

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are the most important dates on the Jewish calendar, celebrating the end of one year and the beginning of the next. Led by Rabbi-in-Residence Dan Ain and musician Jeremiah Lockwood of The Sway Machinery, the High Holidays at 92YTribeca are a blend of the old and the new, the relevant and the esoteric, the fasting and the rejoicing.

Honey Cake, Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery Honey Cake
(credit: Magnolia Bakery)

401 Bleecker Street
(212) 462-2572

In honor of Rosh Hashanah, Magnolia Bakery (certified kosher) will be offering a traditional Honey Cake ($30.00) and Honey Cupcakes ($3.00). Both of the sweet, moist desserts are available for advanced orders or can be purchased at any of our five New York City locations between September 14-September 16.

For all of the latest events and happenings in New York City follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook!

View CBS News In
CBS News App Open
Chrome Safari Continue
Be the first to know
Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting.