Rosh HaShanah (literally, “Head of the Year”) is the celebration of the Jewish New Year, observed on the first day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei. It marks the beginning of a ten-day period of prayer, self-examination and repentance, culminating on the fast day of Yom Kippur. These ten days are referred to as Yamim Noraim, the Days of Awe or the High Holy Days.
While there are elements of joy and celebration, Rosh HaShanah is a deeply religious occasion. The customs and symbols of Rosh HaShanah reflect the holiday’s dual emphasis, happiness and humility. Special customs observed on Rosh HaShanah include; the sounding of the shofar, using round challah, eating apples and honey (and other sweet foods) for a sweet new year.
Tashlich (“casting off”) is a symbolic dispersal of our sins to the winds and the sea, after we have completed the process of repentance (teshuvah).
Rosh Hashannah at Mt Sinai
Rosh HaShanah is celebrated for one day, though our office is closed and no religious school is held on the second day. After morning services, many of our members gather together for a picnic at Schofield Park, near the synagogue and by the Wisconsin River. At 2 pm, we assemble by the river to observe Taschlich.
A Rosh HaShanah Family Service is held at 2:30 PM
No tickets are required to attend Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur services. Of course, donations to the synagogue are gratefully accepted.
More about Rosh Hashannah and the Yamim Noraim, Days of Awe can be found at: