“On the first day of the Seventh Month, it shall be a solemn
rest: A remembrance of the Sounding of the Shofar.”
Rosh HaShanah begins the Jewish New Year. Observed on the 1st day of Tishrei, it marks the beginning of a ten-day period of deep reflection – individually and communally – involving prayer, repentance, and hope for a better world that concludes with the fast day of Yom Kippur. These ten days are referred to as Yamim HaNoraim, the Days of Awe or the High Holy Days.
The remembrance of the sounding of the Shofar’ is a clarion call for us to come together as a community, to support one another, to seek forgiveness and to forgive. It is a time where we renew our commitment to better the world in which we live.
Rosh Hashanah at Mt Sinai
Rosh HaShanah is celebrated for two days. After morning services on the first day, we gather together for a picnic at Schofield Park, near the synagogue and by the Wisconsin River. There, we perform the beautiful ritual of Tashlich (casting off) where we recite prayers, place our “wrong-doings” on some type of food fit for the fish, and then cast them into the waters.
Because we believe deeply in our mission that our doors are open to all, especially during this sacred time, we do not require tickets or other form of purchase. All we seek is to welcome you during this most sacred time in the cycle of the Jewish year. Of course, donations to the synagogue are gratefully accepted.
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