High Holy Days celebrations

Area temples and synagogues are offering a variety of services and events to celebrate the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashannah and Yom Kippur.

Hear the Shofar blow firsthand at Riverside

Jews have been blowing the Shofar, a simple hollowed out ram’s horn, for thousands of years in celebration of Rosh Hashana, or the Head of the Year — also known as the birthday of humanity.

The Schneerson Center for Jewish Life, CT in Westport presents Shofar in the Park on Monday, Sept. 17, at Riverside Park, 427 Riverside Ave, Westport, at 6:30 p.m. It won’t be broadcasted, rebroadcasted, or podcasted.

In fact, according to ancient prescription, one must hear the blasts directly from the Shofar itself. No medium will do — not a microphone, not CNN, not even a slight echo. It’s a “you-had-to-be-there” kind of a moment.

The Schneerson Center invites all to duck out of their busy lives for a half-hour of unity at Riverside Park, to return to a simpler, more essential state.

The event is free and open to the public. There will be no solicitation of any kind.

For more information or to RSVP call 203-635-4118, visit schneersoncenter.org, or email [email protected]

Beth El has special offer for High Holy Days

At Congregation Beth El in Norwalk, the High Holy Days start with a warm, convivial Erev Rosh Hashanah service, after which home-grown apples and locally crafted honey are shared with the community.

The congregation is offering free participation in second-day Rosh Hashanah services (Tuesday, Sept. 18); contact the office at 203-838-2710 for complimentary tickets.

Yom Kippur services, which begin Tuesday, Sept. 25, conclude Wednesday, Sept. 26, with Neila services and the blowing of the shofar, expected at around 7:20 p.m. this year. The community is then welcomed to a traditional break-fast after services.

For ticket information, membership details, or reservations, call 203-838-2710 or visit congbethel.org.

Congregation Beth El serves all of Fairfield County with its centrally located synagogue in Norwalk, just off Exit 16 of I-95.

Share new year recipes during High Holy Days

The High Holy Days are a time of reflection, renewal and a hope for a “sweet” new year. Recipes for this time of year in Judaism often include sweetness — honey cake, sweet raisin-filled round egg challahs, apples and honey, etc.

The public is invited to join Cantor Deborah Katchko-Gray at Temple Shearith Israel on Sunday, Sept. 9, from 10 to noon in the library.

Bring copies of favorite Rosh Hashanah recipes and share the stories associated with them. A family favorite? What’s the secret to success with this? Did it come from a grandparent? Any history to share about the circumstances of obtaining this?

There will be tea and a tasting of Cantor Katchko-Gray’s honey-apple cake and round whole wheat raisin challah. Everyone will return home with new recipes to try.

RSVP to 203-438-6589. Visit tsiridgefield.org or email [email protected]

Temple Shearith Israel is at 46 Peaceable Street in Ridgfield.

Chabad has High Holidays

The following is the High Holiday schedule of services for the Chabad of Westport, the Westport Woman’s Club.  Services are free. RSVP at chabadofwestport.com.

Rosh Hashanah

Sunday, Sept.16, Erev Rosh Hashanah: evening service, 6. The service will be followed by a Kiddush and an apple and honey dipping ceremony.

Monday, Sept. 17, Day one: morning service, 9; children’s service, 10:30, Shofar blowing, 11:15 a.m.; Tashlich service following Kiddush.

*Followed by an elaborate Kiddush luncheon.

Tuesday, Sept. 18, Day two: morning service, 9; children’s service, 10:30; Shofar sounding, 11:15 a.m.

*Followed by an elaborate Kiddush luncheon.

Yom Kippur

Tuesday, Sept. 25, Erev Yom Kippur, Kol Nidrei, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 26, morning service, 9; children’s service, 10:30; Yizkor service, 11:45 a.m.; Mincha and Neilah, 5:15 p.m. Fasting ends at 7:24 p.m.

Temple Israel hosts High Holy Day services

Temple Israel, 14 Coleytown Road in Westport, is holding the following High Holy Day worship services. Call 203-227-1293 for more information.

Rosh Hashanah

Sunday, Sept. 16: Erev Rosh Hashanah, 8 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 17:  First Day. Children’s service (grades 2-6), 10 a.m. (baby-sitting available); youth service, 2:30; family service, 3.

Tuesday, Sept. 18: Second Day. Service at 10 a.m.

Yom Kippur

Tuesday, Sept. 25: Kol Nidre, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 26: Children’s service, (grades 2-6), 10. (baby-sitting available); Yom Kippur service, 10; family service (grades pre-K-2), 1:45; Yizkor N’eilah, 3:15; afternoon youth service (grades 7-12), 4.

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