“This is our celebration of the creation of the world”
“Jews use these days as a time of introspection”
Thursday marked the start of the Jewish New Year, also known as Rosh Hashanah. A Jewish religious group in Stamford kicked off the holiday Wednesday night with a service at Westhill High School.
“This is our service for the evening of Rosh Hashanah,” says Jerry Kranz, President of religious group Chavurat Aytz Chyim. “There are things that will be done here that are going to be done in any Jewish service across the world celebrating this.”
“There will be singing, my husband will be giving a talk, there will be prayers,” says Ruth Golub, wife of Rabbi Mark Golub.
“The rabbi will present us with a symbol for the year,” says Kranz.
“It’s a good way to start the year ahead by thinking about who you want to be, what type of person do you want to be in the year ahead, how do you want to treat your fellow human beings, and how do you become a better person,” says Golub.
Golub and Kranz say Rosh Hashanah ends with another holiday, known as Yom Kippur.
“It is combined with another holiday which is Yom Kippur which is the Day of Atonement,” says Kranz. “That will come along in about another ten days after this.”
“Yom Kippur is a day of fasting where for 24 hours you do not eat,” says Golub. “Traditionally you are in the synagogue praying and food and things of the material world are not supposed to be within your consciousness.”
Yom Kippur services will be held at Westhill High School on September 13 and September 14 at the following times. Visit the website shown for more information.
Yom Kippur Services:
Friday, September 13, 2013 KOL NIDRE EVE (8pm)
Saturday, September 14, 2013 YOM KIPPUR (10am, 4pm)
Services were organized by Chavurat Aytz Chayim of Stamford and Chavurat Deevray Torah of Greenwich