Rosh Hashanah — Celebrating the New Year
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is observed on the first day of the month of Tishrei on the Hebrew calendar, which falls in September or October on the Gregorian calendar (the calendar in common use throughout the world). Learn more about the observations associated with celebrating Rosh Hashanah with our educational resources below.
Watch a video as Fellowship
President and CEO Yael Eckstein shares her reflections on Rosh Hashanah
, and the new beginning it represents for everyone.
is a celebration of the Jewish New Year. Unlike the secular New Year, Rosh Hashanah
is ushered in with intense moral and spiritual introspection. Learn more with this overview to this biblically mandated holy day.
While the theme of Rosh Hashanah
is atonement for sin, the blowing of the shofar
— an instrument made from the horn of a ram or other kosher animal — is the main ritual of the day.
No work is permitted on Rosh Hashanah
, and much of the day is spent in the synagogue. Many people read Psalm 33 and 130.
Here is a personal reflection on Rosh Hashanah
from Ami Farkas, a writer and photographer on staff in The Fellowship
's Jerusalem office:
is a holiday of celebration and introspection and many of the themes associated with the Jewish New Year are best expressed through the special foods that are traditionally served. Try some of these traditional recipes for Rosh Hashanah