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Rosh Hashanah

2022 Rosh Hashanah Programming  |  Online Rosh Hashanah Resources  |  2022 High Holiday Programming


What is Rosh Hashanah?

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish new year, taking place at the beginning of the month of Tishrei—the beginning of the Jewish civil calendar year. It is a two-day celebration of the new year, which follows a month of spiritual and emotional preparation during the month of Elul. This celebration is meant to both rejoice in the completion of another year and to look inward and take stock of that year that has passed. Rosh Hashanah also precedes the Ten Days of Repentance, also known as the Days of Awe, which concludes in the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur. A major part of the Jewish High Holy Day traditions, Rosh Hashanah has its own customs we practice.

What are these customs?

Challah: Jewish traditional bread, Challah, is baked in a round shape during Rosh Hashanah to represent the eternal cycle of life. 

Apples & Honey: It is tradition to dip Apples (or your round Challah) in honey during the Rosh Hashanah celebration. The sweetness of honey symbolizes the hope for a sweet new year...made even sweeter with a juicy apple slice!

Machzor: The prayer book used during Rosh Hashanah is called a Machzor. It is a High Holy Day prayer book that covers Rosh Hashanah through Yom Kippur—while each holiday has its own distinct observance and function, their themes are intertwined and the holidays are recognized together under one High Holy Days umbrella, which also includes holidays through Simchat Torah. The morning of Rosh Hashanah includes three prayers unique to the holiday: the Malkhuyot (addressing the sovereignty of God), the Zikhronot (presenting God as the one who remembers past deeds), and the Shofarot (expressing our anxious anticipation of the future).

Shofar: The Shofar is blown at the culmination of each of the above three special prayers. It acts as a reminder of the covenant between God and his people.

Tashlich: This custom is a symbolic casting away of our sins and is a spiritual journey suitable for all ages, which is done in concert with Teshuvah (repentance) during the High Holy Days. Tashlich is performed by traveling to a running body of water, preferably one that contains fish, reading a prayer passage for the occasion, and tossing bread crumbs representing your sins into the water. You can join PJTC for Tashlich at the LA Arboretum (details are in the HHD Guide), or for a guide to creating your own personal Tashlich experience, click here


The Significance of Rosh Hashanah

After devoting an entire month—to take dedicated steps of introspection, assessment, goal setting and forgiveness, the holy days of Rosh Hashanah are meant as an opportunity to celebrate the joys of the past year, the lessons learned, and the goals met. Additionally, they are meant as a time to begin asking forgiveness for the transgressions we have committed and setting goals for a better new year. It is our time to atone for our sins, both individual and communal, before God closes the books and inscribes our fates for the year to come (to be sealed on Yom Kippur during Ne'eilah).


2022 Programming

ROSH HASHANAH SERVICES - CLICK HERE TO REGISTER (Please register whether you are joining us virtually or in-person.)

Below is our Rosh Hashanah schedule of in-person and virtual services. Click here to learn details about our programming.

September 25  | 7:30PM        Erev Rosh Hashanah

September 26  | 9:00AM        Rosh Hashanah Day 1

September 26  | 10:30AM*    Torah Service

September 27  | 9:00AM        Rosh Hashanah Day 2

September 27  | 10:30AM*    Torah Service

September 27  | 4:00PM        LBSRS and Family Service at the LA Arboterum 

September 27  | 5:00PM       All Ages Tashlich Ritual and Adult Learning at the LA Arboretum

*These times are approximate.

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Sun, March 26 2023 4 Nisan 5783