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Flowers for Rosh Hashanah

Posted by Suzie Canale on Wed, Sep 13, 2017

Rosh Hashanah begins on Wednesday, September 20th 2017, which marks the celebration of the Jewish New Year and the first of the High Holidays.  For two days, families will gather together for the festivities, dining on sweet meals, listening to the sounding of the shofar and enjoying one’s company to ring in the fresh start of a new year.  Favorite dishes may consist of challah bread, apple cake, honey and kugel, which will dress banquet tables as well as beautiful candles being lit in honor of the world’s birthday.  Among the customary rituals associated with this holiday, hosts are also planning their floral centerpieces to assist with the decor, adding another level of color and inspiration to their event.  Boston florists are preparing for this occasion by updating their inventories to appease requests for those observing Rosh Hashanah and are excited to create bouquets uniquely designed just for you!


For families who follow a customary view about what types of flowers are proper to present during Rosh Hashanah, white tinted blooms are usually the best choice.  The reason lies within the custom to wear white clothing, signifying the first of the ten days of repentance.  Linens are also typically coordinated in shades of white so keeping the theme throughout will emulate a crisp and fresh presentation as well as honor traditional frameworks.  Excellent selections include:

  1. White Lilies
  2. White Hydrangea
  3. White Calla Lilies
  4. White Phalaenopsis
  5. White Roses

If you are looking for a more contemporary feel in your home, don’t be afraid to splash in some color if you feel too much white will be bland for your display.  Since apples are a large motif for this holiday, you can mirror stunning vases in reflection of this fruit’s crimson or green coloring.  It is the fall after all and these shades are exactly reminiscent of life blooming all around us.  Smart options include:

  1. Red Roses
  2. Peach Amaryllis
  3. Orange Gerbera Daisies
  4. Green Dendrobium Orchids
  5. Red Amaranthus

Tags: Traditions, Flower Arrangements, Rosh Hashanah, Jewish Holidays

Exotic Flowers Presents Guest Blogger Jon Bornstein of Newton

Posted by Rick Canale on Tue, Sep 27, 2011

Rosh Hashanah Flowers Newton
I have known Jonathan Bornstein since I was twelve years old. We attended The Roxbury Latin School together from 1982-1989.

Jonathan, like myself, is an advocate of patronizing small business. Jon is also a big Red Sox fan and truly enjoys a good meal. Jon also writes a fabulous blog, ' Enjoy Every Sandwich,'. His musings on great eats have lead me to invite him to guest blog for Exotic Flowers. 

Jon will share his views on food, sports, family and his Jewish background. Today he shares a post on the Jewish New Year - Rosh Hashanah.

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Rosh Hashanah. Translated for you hebraically-challenged types or even you members of the tribe who zoned out during hebrew school or the Rabbi’s sermons, it means “The Head of The Year”,. The Jewish New year is considered by some to be the birthday of creation, by others the celebration of the birth of mankind, but whatever your interpretation, everyone agrees that it is the beginning of the new year on the jewish calendar. It is a time of year to step out of the regular hectic flow of our daily lives and simultaneously appreciate the blessings that we have while reflecting on who we are, where we’ve been, and where we’re headed.

Rosh Hashanah Flowers Sharon

Positioned as such, that makes the holiday part New Year celebration and part Thanksgiving gathering. And what, you may ask, could be more appropriate during a time of reflection and renewal than to share the gift of flowers with our jewish brothers and sisters in the midst of their High Holiday season. The miracle of flowers’ growth and singular beauty is so prevalent that we almost take it for granted, and so just as this time of year serves as a reminder to our jewish brothers and sisters to stop, be thankful and renew our personal resolves to be better parents/children/siblings/friends/people, so can we appropriately and thoughtfully celebrate that process by gifting a symbol of it to our Jewish family and friends with flowers. Shana Tovah, as we say in the tribe – “Good Year”!.

- Jon Bornstein

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Jewish New Year Flowers Boston

Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on Monday September, 17th 2012. Exotic Flowers will be gracing the tables throughout Sharon, Newton and their surrounding towns. 

Tags: Rosh Hashanah, Jewish New Year, Jon Bornstein

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