April 15, 2024
Blowing the shofar at Congregation Beth Israel in La Jolla. Picture courtesy Beth Israel

The yr 5784 within the Jewish calendar begins at sunset on Friday, Sept. 15, with Rosh Hashanah 2023 providers at San Diego-area congregations.

Congregation Beth Israel, the biggest Jewish congregation in San Diego and the oldest in Southern California, is holding providers at its sanctuary and streaming them on-line for individuals who can’t attend in individual or stay exterior of San Diego.

Rosh Hashanah means actually “head of the yr” in Hebrew. It marks the start of a 10-day interval of prayer, self-examination, and repentance ending with Yom Kippur, which is called the Day of Atonement.

The yr begins at sunset as a result of the traditional Jewish calendar is predicated on phases of the moon.

Customs noticed on Rosh Hashanah embody sounding the shofar, a musical instrument created from a ram’s horn, and consuming apples and honey for a candy new yr.

Tashlich, one other apply related to Rosh Hashanah, is a ceremony during which Jews symbolically solid away their sins by tossing items of bread right into a flowing physique of water, with many congregations assembly at native seashores.