Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and will be celebrated starting the eve of Wednesday Sept 28th, Thursday, Sept. 29 and Friday, Sept. 30th this year. It is considered to be the holiest day of the year and is the time when Jews begin the process of introspection, at looking at the mistakes of the past year and starting to make plans to make changes in the upcoming year. No work is permitted on Rosh Hashanah and much of the day is spent in prayer in a synagogue or temple. Therefore, JFCS will be closed on these dates. Another lovely custom related to Rosh Hashanah is that during this holiday, Jews eat apples dipped into honey â€“ a symbol of our wish for a sweet new year.
The JFCS Family Mitzvah Committee, chaired by Beth Salomon, sponsored an Apple Tasting Event for the residents of Shalom Towers on Sunday, Sept 11th under the pavilion on the JCC property. Residents were treated to a variety of delicious apples and toppings, wishing them all a healthy, happy and sweet New Year. Children played with Frisbees and did art and craft projects related to apples. The next Family Mitzvah event will be held on Sunday, Dec. 18th at JFCS â€“ celebrating Hanukah. Jewish families with young children ages preschool through grade 3 are invited to attend. For more information, please call JFCS at 452-6341.
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