Observance of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, begins tonight.
Jews will celebrate the start of the year 5774 and Rabbi Jeffrey Abraham of Congregation Sons of Israel of Nyack said it is a time of renewal and rebirth.
Rabbi Abraham said his sermons will focus on the themes of building relationships and creating a welcoming community. He said he will speak to congregants about how they can come together as community within the synagogue and extend those relationships to the larger community to work together to make a more peaceful world.
Rosh Hashanah services will be held at synagogues from Wednesday evening through Friday night. During services the shofar, a ram’s horn, will be blown to welcome the New Year. Jews will celebrate with the tradition of eating apples and honey to signify a sweet New Year and a round challah to represent the circle of life.