Rosh Hashanah, beginning the evening of September 6 this year, marks the start of the Jewish New Year of 5782. The new beginning serves as a reminder of the ever-present possibility of renewal in our lives and our communities.
Many Jews celebrate by worshiping in a synagogue and by dipping apples or challah bread in honey for a "sweet" upcoming year. The shofar (a hollowed-out ram's horn) is blown like a trumpet as a symbol of awakening. Ten days after Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur arrives, where God's books of humanity's righteousness are considered written for the year. If you'd like to wish someone a happy New Year, you can use the greeting "Shana tova!", which means “Good year."
One way URI members build bridges of peace and friendship in their communities is by learning about each other’s traditions. Learn more about Rosh Hashanah.