Rosh Hashanah ראש השנה
Jewish New Year
Rosh Hashanah isn't just about being new, it's about making a change.
Rosh Hashanah, literally head of the year, marks the start of the Jewish New Year. Tradition teaches us that Rosh Hashanah is the ‘birthday of the world’, celebrating the creation of humanity as told in the biblical creation story.
Observed on the first day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei, Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the Yamin Noraim, the High Holydays or Days of Awe: a ten day period of prayer, self-examination and repentance culminating with the Fast day of Yom Kippur.
To learn more about Rosh Hashanah, its history, traditions and practices, click here.
A key Rosh Hashanah symbol is the shofar. Click here to hear it and to learn more about it.
To attend our Rosh Hashanah services, please contact the Etz Chayim office.
At Etz Chayim, we use our region's new machzor, Mishkan Hanefesh, as our High Holyday prayer book. To purchase your copy or to buy one for our congregation to use, please click here.