How Jewish stars celebrated Rosh Hashanah
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How Jewish stars celebrated Rosh Hashanah

Shana tova, everyone! The Jewish New Year began is a time of reflection for us all — yes, even for Jewish celebrities.

via Getty images and Kveller
via Getty images and Kveller

Here’s how our favorite famous Jews celebrated and reflected on Rosh Hashanah in 2022 — or rather 5783.

1. Shira Haas

For Unorthodox star Shira Haas, this past Jewish year was a complex one. She lost her mother to cancer, and posted an incredibly moving eulogy for the woman who raised her and helped her achieve her dreams. And yet, she’s also been cast for some really incredible projects, including her upcoming role as an Israeli Marvel superhero.

On Rosh Hashanah, she wrote that while this was “a year of love, dreams, of accomplishments,” it was also one of “pain, longing, of loss.” For her, the year was “hard to conclude in words. Maybe it will never be possible, and perhaps it shouldn’t.”


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2. Douglas Emhoff

Jewish second gentleman Douglas Emhoff posted a sweet Rosh Hashanah video to social media. He also wrote an op-ed in USA Today about the need to recommit to fighting hate this year, mentioning both his annual childhood Rosh Hashanah dinners and his 2018 visit to the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.

“As we look forward to the new year, we must continue working toward building an inclusive society for all that is free of bigotry and bias, and commit ourselves to combating antisemitism and hatred wherever it exists,” Emhoff wrote.

3. Fran Drescher

The Nanny star and mah jongg aficionado Fran Drescher shared a sweet and joyous message for the new year.

“This weekend is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year,” she told her followers on Instagram. “It’s a happy holiday and it marks the beginning of the new year, with wonderful hope and optimism, and both myself and Cancer Schmancer wish you all a happy healthy new year.”

She also shared some organic macaroons that she got gifted — “I can’t wait to eat it, happy new year!”


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4. Bryan Greenberg

New Jewish dad Bryan Greenberg kept his Rosh Hashanah message brief and sweet, just tweeting out a “Shana Tova!” We get it — he’s got twins on his hands, after all.

5. Josh Malina

West Wing star and Chutzpod co-host Joshua Malina has a tradition of sharing this picture of him blowing the shofar every Rosh Hashanah. We can’t be mad about a recycled Rosh Hashanah greeting when it’s a very good one.

6. Henry Winkler (and Josh Gad)

Our favorite Jewish grandpa, Henry Winkler, wished us all “A HAPPY and SWEET New Year.” Tell me you don’t read this message in Winkler’s voice. Jewish dad Josh Gad responded, wishing Winkler “Shana tova my friend!!”

7. Sarah Silverman

Sarah Silverman forgot about Rosh Hashanah this year — and let’s face it, she’s not the only one. She was sitting at a coffee shop when she muttered an “oy” and a guy near her, surmising she is Jewish, wished her a happy new year. “And that’s when I realized it was Rosh Hashanah,” she wrote, adding #badjew and #shanatova.

8. Pink

Jewish mom of two Pink shared her Rosh Hashanah spread in her Instagram stories — it included some very pretty looking challahs, kugel, a yummy looking squash dish and apples and honey, of course. Pink has spoken about her tradition of making challahs with her Jewish mom, Judith, in the past and she even shared a little braiding demo with us for the Jewish New Year. What a treat.

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9. Lisa Edelstein

House star Lisa Edelstein wished everyone a shana tova and shared a video of a young child blowing the shofar at her vegan new year celebration, which included “grandparents, children, dogs, a mayor, a bevy of artists and writers and actors, a mini shofar blower and one little boy in a glamorous gown.” Sounds truly fabulous.

10. Billy Eichner

Comedian Billy Eichner started the new Jewish year by getting news that his movie Bros, which is coming out this week, hit 95% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. “BEST ROSH HASHANAH EVER,” he tweeted. We concur.

11. Natalie Portman

Movie star and Jewish mom Natalie Portman aka Natalie Hershlag (that’s her birthname!) shared a beautiful and somewhat somber Yehuda Amichai Rosh Hashanah poem on her Instagram. The poem ends with the following warning:

“And whoever uses people as handles or as rungs of a ladder
Will soon find himself hugging a stick of wood
And holding severed hand and wiping his tears
With a potsherd.”

Woof, message received, Yehuda Amichai and Natalie Portman.


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12. Molly Yeh

Molly Yeh is opening a new restaurant in her home state of Minnesota this Jewish new year. The Jewish mom of two named it after her oldest daughter, Bernie. The restaurant is officially opening this coming Saturday, so Yeh celebrated the new Jewish year at the restaurant doing some prep and making Jewish delicacies with its staff, including matzah ball soup, babka, challahs and more.

13. Julia Haart

My Unorthodox Life stars Julia and Batsheva Haart shared some fun recipes for Rosh Hashanah on their Instagram accounts, including leek patties and apple cider mimosas. Sounds like a good brunch to us!


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14. Andy Cohen

Watch What Happens Live! host Andy Cohen shared a little happy New Year message to all his Jewish friends.

15. Mayim Bialik

Jeopardy host Mayim Bialik (who explains the holiday oh-so-well) attended two outdoor services this year, because she didn’t want to spend many hours indoor and masked. And of course, she was the shofar blower (using a yemenite shofar  she got from her Jewish grandmother!). She and Jewish dad Max Greenfield discussed shofar blowing at The Late Late Show With James Corden this week, and it was delightful…


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