Rosh Hashanah

Join us for Rosh Hashanah!

Rosh Hashanah (literally, “Head of the Year”) is the Jewish New Year, which marks the beginning of a ten day period of prayer, self-examination and repentance.  Customs associated with the holiday include sounding the shofar, eating a round challah, and tasting apples and honey to represent a sweet new year.

appleshoneyThe origins of Rosh Hashanah are found in the Book of Leviticus (23:24-25), which declares, “In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall observe a day of rest, a memorial proclaimed with the blowing of the shofar, a holy convocation.”  Each year we celebrate Rosh Hashanah on the first day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei.

This year (5778 or 2017), Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on September 20.  Note that Temple Beth El observes one day of Rosh Hashanah. Please join us for worship services on the evening of September 20 (Erev Rosh Hashanah) and the morning/afternoon of September 21. Tickets are required. Temple offices are closed on September 22.

Please visit the URJ Rosh Hashanah Page for more information, history, customs, delicious recipes, and family activities to start the new year.

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