Yom Kippur Party Guide

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The party guide helps plan a themed Yom Kippur event with ideas, tips in the food departments, creative crafts, and clever conversation chats, menus, recipes, cookies, cakes and food labels. Free printable games, puzzles, place name cards and coloring pages.

Aside from being a designated day for remembrance and atonement, Yom Kippur is also a day of music and celebration. Jewish people around the world gather to relish and enjoy this, one of their most meaningful and widely observed holidays.

That’s why every quality Yom Kippur celebration should include its share of songs that are both classic and celebratory, reverent and high spirited. These could include:

Mareh Kohen by Benzion Miller
The Dreidel Song by Samuel S. Grossman
Ki Hine Kachomer by Cantor Richard Tucker and his Choir
Ki Anu Amecha by Shaina Ettel
Sim Shalom by Mary Feinsinger
Yom Kippur by Steve McConnell
Kol Nidre prayer set to music by Herbert Fromm
These songs are sure to hearten and inspire guests, especially if they are accompanied by a complete selection of Yom Kippur party supplies. These could include flashy party items, such as flashing dreidels and Stars of David, that hang from the ceiling, and more subdued and conventional items like candles in blue, silver and ivory, encased in elegant candle holders in gold and brass. Take-home party favors could include miniature versions of these candles, as well as miniature dreidels made from wood, plastic, paper or even chocolate! Game idea: take a clear container, then fill with candy, toys or other objects and have the guests guess the number of items inside. Photos provide such lasting memories; take time to designate someone as the photographer at a social occasion. Gather up some leftover brown packing boxes, wrap them in a matching theme color design and place them throughout the event space for instant decorations.

Yom Kippur homemade party supplies add a great deal to your Yom Kippur holiday. Yom Kippur is a very holy day for Jewish people and the evening meal is a festive occasion. Therefore, homemade party supplies such as balloon bouquets, homemade candles and homemade gift baskets are very special. Yom Kippur is spent fasting and in prayer, but is followed by a large gathering of family and friends in the evening and the addition of homemade party supplies such as Dreidels, handmade banners and homemade party streamers make the evening very special.

Homemade party supplies and party goods such as homemade candles, handmade Menorahs, balloon bouquets and handmade gift baskets add a lot to the Yom Kippur celebration. Yom Kippur is a holy day and homemade party supplies such as handmade tablecloths, placemats and napkins are great additions to the Yom Kippur evening festivities.

Homemade candles and gift baskets made for Yom Kippur are perfect additions for this holy day. In addition to these items other homemade party supplies such as a handmade tablecloths and placemats made especially for the Yom Kippur celebration. These party supply items, along with traditional paper plates, napkins and cups make preparing for the evening festivities of Yom Kippur much easier and most likely will compare to no other.

A day of atonement, a day for a Yom Kippur holiday cake to acknowledge the moment. The cake will need to be made the day before so on the day it can sit as a image of what one does on this day, then be eaten the next day. Then it is best to make a simple cake, a bunt cake offers a purpose as it is round in nature and can be representative of coming full circle. A list of party supplies and the all too important ingredients, here’s a partial list; flour, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ground allspice, butter, sugar, etc. Gather all that is needed and start by preparing the necessary ingredients to the cake before starting in on the directions. Doing this now will make following the direction easier. How to make this cake; heat the oven first. Next butter a 10 inch tube pan and cover the raisins in water for 10 minutes. Take a whisk to flour, spices and salt, done for now. Just need to cream some butter and sugar together, while adding eggs and vanilla. To this add; apple mixture, strained raisins and blend together. Allow for 1 hour baking time.

Designated as a "Day of Atonement" Yom Kippur occurs the tenth day after Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and is the traditional time in which people of the Jewish faith spend a day not in work, but in fasting and seeking forgiveness and restitution for any wrongs they might have done to another person. This fast ends at nightfall, and is usually followed by a feast and Yom Kippur Party.

Most Yom Kippur parties normally incorporate traditional Yom Kippur Activities such as eating and drinking Erev Yom Kippur, increasing charitable giving, and seeking atonement for any wrongs you have done throughout the year, so there is normally a lot of visiting and calling friends and relatives during Yom Kippur, taking part in mikvah, which is a ritual bath. Participants dress in white, and at mincha, the afternoon service, confession, called Viduy, is recited.

Jeopardy games, trivia, and even Pirate scavenger hunt games are easy to find and especially when you incorporate the winner being allowed to choose a certificate which allows them to name their prize. The prizes can incorporate charitable giving in this manner. Before the party, each person is given a list of things they can choose to do for charity. Some examples would be to give money or work in the rescue mission or bathe dogs at the animal shelter. That way, each person can choose what it is most convenient to give, be it monetary donations or use the barter system and donate their time. When a winner draws a particular name after winning, that person makes their donation, thus reinforcing charitable giving at Yom Kippur, and keeping with Yom Kippur traditions, and making your Yom Kippur Party the best it can be. .

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Yom Kippur History, Facts and Educational Resources

Add an educational twist to any birthday party, holiday celebration, or theme party.  Share the history of the Yom Kippur theme to the guests.  Play some free printable educational party games.  Shhh don't tell the kids that they are learning!

The Day of Atonement, which is Yom Kippur, is one of the holiest days for Jewish people, and the history of this day begins in ancient times. Most of the Jewish holidays involve feasting, but this day encourages fasting. Young boys and girls, under 13 and 12, respectively, are not required to fast.

There is a 25-hour period of intense prayer, and fasting from sunup to sundown. This time is often spent at the synagogue observing services for the holy day.

Yom Kippur takes place in the month of Tishrei on the tenth day. The Book of Life, it is believed holds the fate of each person for the coming year, on Rosh Hashanah, and the verdict is sealed on Yom Kippur. Before this, during the Days of Awe, the Jewish people attempt to amend their behavior and ask for forgiveness for any wrong doings against God or other human beings. The evening of this holy day is set up for petitions and confessing of guilt. At Yom Kippur’s end, it is believed that they are absolved by God.

The prayer services consist of five, rather than the usual three, services. They include public confessions, as well as a unique prayer for the holy service. Even Jews who do not observe their religious holidays usually observe this one as a High Holiday, and may even attend synagogue services. And some fast, as well.

The word Yom Kippur is broken up to mean the “day” (Yom) “to cover” or “to hide (Kippur). Another meaning is “to obliterate sin.” The eve of Yom Kippur is celebrated with two feasts, charity giving, and the asking of others for forgiveness.

There are five more prohibitions, according to the Jewish oral tradition, Mishnah tractate Yoma 8:1, and they are: no eating or drinking; no leather shoes are to be worn; no bathing; no applications of perfumes and lotions, and no marital relations are to take place. The theme of the day is to return to the pristine state by refraining from these everyday things. Decorations help transform a room into something more for that special day so look forward to learning some exciting and creative ideas. If you specify the type of clothing for a social event like summer causal, give a few examples of what is acceptable and more importantly what isn't. Decorations help transform a room into something more for that special day so look forward to learning some exciting and creative ideas. The history of Yom Kippur has different interpretations by each person, so use your own judgement. Share these facts with friends at a celebration.
The Party Supplies Hut has more free elementary educational teacher resources for Yom Kippur to use in the classroom for active learning to create lesson plans with trivia questions, games and fun activities.

History of Yom Kippur
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