Rosh Hashanah is in the air. Hundreds of thousands of adults and children learn about and experience the holidays at Chabad centers each year, with more than 4,000 centers worldwide offering pre-holiday activities for young and old alike. Here are just a sample.

Toot Your Horn!

Dozens of smiling children got to learn all about the shofar and craft their very own ram’s horn at Chabad of Minneapolis, Minn, cutting the raw horns to size, sanding, filing, drilling and polishing their shofars to perfection.

The King Is in the (Apple) Field

In a long-established annual tradition, students at Binghamton University took a field trip with Chabad of Binghamton to the orchards to pick apples, and later, to dip them in honey or turn them into sweet Rosh Hashanah treats.

Chabad Meets the Culinary Arts

Chef Benny Graves, an acclaimed chef specializing in Middle Eastern cuisine, shared some of his favorite Rosh Hashanah recipes at Chabad of Henderson, Nev., helping attendees usher in a sweet and tasty new year.

Challah Aplenty

Everyone likes challah! Who can resist the freshly baked traditional Jewish loaves? Some 900 people gathered in Stamford, Conn., for Chabad of Stamford’s annual pre-Rosh Hashanah mega-challah bake. This year, the bake was open not just to women, but to men as well (and, of course, to children). Challahs were formed with a special twist; they were round in honor of Rosh Hashanah, symbolizing goodness without end and G‑d’s spinning of our wheel of fortune come the new year.

Sweetness for Servicemen

Children at Chabad of Far North Queensland, Australia, baked delectable honey cakes, distributing the sweet treats to servicemen and servicewomen at an Australian Army base in Cairns.

Farmer’s Market!

At Chabad Hebrew School of Franklin Lakes, N.J., students held their own mock farmer’s market, seeing and experiencing the flavors of the new year at each booth. A project of CKids, adults had a great time, too!

New Beginnings

Chabad of Clearwater, Fla., is ringing in the new year by breaking ground for their future home, with friends and family from far and wide.

May all our new years be filled with great new beginnings!

For more information about Rosh Hashanah classes, events and High Holiday services, contact a Chabad center near you.