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Jewish Cultural and Community Center Rings in the New Year with Rosh Hashana Events

JEWISH

By Carole Stone

Tekiah! Teruah! Shevarim! the Cantor calls, and the shofar, the ram’s horn, answers with crisp, clear blasts.

This is only part of the religious service for Rosh Hashana, the “head” of the Jewish calendar year. And just as the head controls the body, actions on Rosh Hashana have a tremendous impact on the rest of the year because on this pivotal day, the Day of Judgment, the Heavenly Court decides “who shall live and who shall die, who shall succeed and who shall fail.”

This holiday is part of the Yamim Nora’im—the Days of Awe, in which Jews are obliged to repent for failings of the previous year and to make amends to those whom they have hurt, whether deliberately or in error. In this way, they make teshuvah, or repent.

Rosh Hashana marks the birthday of the universe, the day the Almighty created Adam and Eve. Another name for this important day is Yom Teruah, “the day of shofar blowing.”

The shofar is a symbol of many things: it represents a royal coronation, since on this day the Sovereign is proclaimed as Ruler of the Universe. It is a call to repentance, the theme of this holiday. Finally, it is a reminder of the binding of Abraham’s son Isaac—the Rosh Hashana event referred to as Akeida—in which a ram took Isaac’s place as a sacrifice.

This year, Rosh Hashana begins on September 30 at sundown. The holiday continues to be celebrated for the next two days with rest, religious services, and special holiday meals, including sweet delicacies, the wish for a “sweet year.” Apples dipped in honey are also eaten as a further symbol of sweetness.

The blowing of the shofar is a significant component in the celebration. As part of observance, Jews gather after services on the first day of Rosh Hashana to symbolically “cast sins” into the water, often with torn pieces of bread, a meaningful ritual encouraging self-reflection called Tashlich.

Celebrate Rosh Hashana with the Jewish Cultural and Community Center (JC3) this year, beginning with Selichot Services on Saturday evening, September 21, at 8:15pm. Erev Rosh Hashana Services begin Sunday, September 29, promptly at 7pm. Immediately following at about 8:30 there will be a complete holiday dinner at Casa 5 de Mayo (just across the street from the JC3).

The cost is 500 pesos for members in good standing and 600 pesos for nonmembers. The menu includes a choice of salmon or chicken, with vegetarian and gluten-free options also available upon request at no extra charge. Prepaid reservations are mandatory.

First-day traditional Rosh Hashana services begin on Monday, September 30, at 9am. This year, the JC3 will offer cooperative parental supervision of children upstairs in the library. Following services, it will host a light Kiddush followed by a gathering behind the Jose Vasconselos School for Tashlich. Second-day services begin Tuesday at 9am.

Shanah Tovah Umetuka—We wish you all a good, sweet year!

Jewish Community

Selichot Services

Sat, Sep 21, 8:15pm

 

Erev Rosh Hashana Services

Sun, Sep 29, 7pm

 

Immediately following, at about 8:30pm:

Complete holiday dinner at Casa 5 de Mayo

(Just across the street from the JC3)

500 pesos for members in good standing

600 pesos for nonmembers

Prepaid reservations are mandatory.

 

First-Day Traditional Rosh Hashana services

Mon, Sep 30, 9am

 

All events are in Jewish Cultural and Community Center of San Miguel de Allende

Las Moras 47, Allende, Guadiana

 

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