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Rosh Hashanah With Jews everywhere, the Congregation gathers together to celebrate the significance of Rosh Hashanah, “The Head of the Year. This first day of the month of Tishri begins a ten-day period of reflection, introspection, and renewal, starting with Rosh Hashanah and culminating with Yom Kippur.
Yom Kippur, the most solemn holiday in the Jewish calendar, is associated with services that many Jews consider traditional and longstanding. Yet Yom Kippur observances have evolved over the centuries in fascinating ways. For our congregation, Yom Kippur concludes the period of self-reflection begun on Rosh Hashanah. In the Evening Service, the moving strains of the Kol Nidre melody, performed on cello and piano, invite us to reflect on our values and commitments, both as individuals and as a community. Throughout this evening service, music, readings, and rituals strike a balance between our connections to the broad stream of Judaism and our secular humanistic view of Jewish culture and customs.
Above, members cast off their sins at a rainy Taschlich ceremony pre-pandemic.
Below, children participate in the Rosh Hashanah ritual. We look forward to the next virus-free year!