Sweet New Year: Community Apple-Picking Events

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It’s the time of new: new school semester, new season and, of course, a new Jewish year. As the lunar calendar approaches 5783, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s neighborhood Kehillot invite community members to celebrate Rosh Hashanah with various apple-picking events.

In addition to apple picking, these programs will be complete with craft activities, hay rides, music and shofar blowing, at some of Greater Philadelphia’s popular orchards. But the main attraction is the apples, which can be used to dip in honey this Rosh Hashanah on the evening of Sunday, Sept. 25 through Tuesday, Sept. 27.

“The Jewish Federation is excited to start a new year by welcoming in our community with a nod to Jewish tradition in a family-friendly and fun way,” Director of Community Development Max Moline said. “All are welcome to join our Kehillot, neighborhood groups, as we connect with fellow community members and get in the spirit of the High Holiday season.”


Check out the below events, and get excited to pick as many apples as you can carry. Visit jewishphilly.org/apple-picking for registration information and more details.

Apple Picking at Styer Orchard
Sunday, Sept. 11 | 1-3 p.m.
Styer Orchard; 97 Styers Lane, Langhorne, PA 19047

Pick your own apples for a sweet new year! Check in with Northeast Jewish Life at Styer Orchard to schmooze and enjoy a holiday craft. Afterward, go off with your family and friends for the best fall activity – apple picking. Pick up a Rosh Hashanah bag filled with apples, honey and a fun activity for the kids. This event is free except for the additional apples you pick.

Jewish New Year on the Farm
Sunday, Sept. 11 | 1-4 p.m.
Linvilla Orchards; 137 W. Knowlton Road, Media, PA 19063

Start your new year off on a sweet note with your Delaware County Jewish community! Bring your family and friends to join the Kehillah of Delaware County and local partners for an afternoon of apple picking, arts and crafts, story time and Rosh Hashanah goodie bags. This community program is free with the exception of what Linvilla Orchards charges for apple picking. The first 25 to register will receive a discount for apple picking.

Apples & Honey at Styer Orchard
Sunday, Sept. 18 | 1–3 p.m.
Styer Orchard; 97 Styers Lane, Langhorne, PA 19047

It’s that time again! Join Bucks County Kehillah for its annual Apples & Honey event at Styer Orchard to start off the new year on a sweet note. Bring your friends and family to connect with the community outdoors, listen to the shofar, relax to music and take a hayride to the apple orchards! Pick up a Rosh Hashanah bag filled with apples, honey and a fun activity for the kids. This event is free, except for the additional apples you pick.

Special mention:
Fall Fest: Apple and Pumpkin Picking
Sunday, Oct. 16 | 1- 4 p.m.
Highland Orchards; 1000 Marshallton Thorndale Road, West Chester, PA 19380

While Rosh Hashanah may be over, Sukkot is another great holiday for apple picking — and pumpkin picking, too. Celebrate the last day of Sukkot with the Kehillah of Chester County, community partners, friends and family for an autumn afternoon filled with hay rides, farm animals and pumpkin patches. Enjoy music, arts and crafts and goodie bags. This community program is free with the exception of what Highland Orchards charges for apple picking.

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The Kehillot are part of the Jewish Federation’s neighborhood initiative to foster a vibrant Jewish community throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. To learn more about your Kehillah or community group, contact Director of Community Development Max Moline at [email protected].

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