Kathy Burkholder, a former zookeeper at the Insect Zoo of the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum, showed off her collection of buzzing honeybees and taught about how they use nectar to make honey. Dipping apples in honey is tradition that is done on the first day of the Jewish calendar and is said to ensure a sweet new year. For Les Gamson, 12, what would make his year extra sweet is if he passes all his classes. “I’m in seventh grade, but I’m taking eighth-grade math, and for me to have a sweet year would be to get good grades, especially in algebra, because math hurts my brain,” he said. The Jewish holiday ends Friday at nightfall. By Megan Bagdonas STAFF WRITER To celebrate the Jewish new year of Rosh Hashana that begins today at sundown, children at the Chabad of South Bay dipped apples in honey this week and got a lesson about bees. “Honey is one of the themes of the new year ? and our programs are produced to give kids a hands-on way to participate in the holiday,” said Rabbi Sholom Pinson of the Chabad of South Bay. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!