Frozen Apples & Crystalized Honey…Rosh Hashanah at McMurdo

22 Sep
The Chapel of the Snows on the eve of Rosh Hashanah

The Chapel of the Snows on the eve of Rosh Hashanah

The Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashanah was another success at McMurdo Station.

We grew since last year. This year we had 7 guests; almost a 200% increase!

The Jew Crew

The Jew Crew


The evening started off with a fabulous meal including round challah (fresh and very tasty!), brisket, roasted chicken, potato kugel, glazed carrots, apricot honey cake, and fresh chocolate rugalach. It was an amazing meal!

Later Friday evening, we gathered at the Chapel of the Snows for an Oneg (defined as a gathering to celebrate a Sabbath or holiday). We popped open the ‘aged’ (who knows how old it was) Kedem grape juice and said the blessing over the wine (It was so old, it had sediment on the bottom of the bottle.) Since no one had brought any challah either, we opened an ‘aged’ box of Manichewicz Matzoh. We also said the blessing over the matzoh. We couldn’t tell if it was old or not, since it normally has such a dry and stale flavor.

It’s traditional to have apples and honey on Rosh Hashanah to celebrate and encourage a sweet new year. Since we didn’t have any fresh apples, I made the executive decision that frozen apples and crystalized honey would just not do.

So instead, we just sat around and chatted. We got to know each other better and talked about getting together for Kol Nidre (the start of the Day of Atonement) as well as starting to plan for our second annual McMurdo Channukah Party, the hit holiday party of the season!

The smallest prayer book in the coldest, driest desert on earth.

The smallest prayer book in the coldest, driest desert on earth.


Although not the same with out family around, it was a great evening and a great start to a new year.

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One Response to “Frozen Apples & Crystalized Honey…Rosh Hashanah at McMurdo”

  1. Mike September 23, 2009 at 1:36 pm #

    Shalom aleichem, I hope your new year is safe and full of blessings. Stay strong Marci, you look great.

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