Celebrating the Jewish New Year

Carla Harmon
September 22, 2017

22, the Rosh Hashana second day service will be at 10 a.m. Tickets are required for all participants, including children. In conservative and orthodox congregations, the new year celebration spans two days. It translates from Hebrew to English as "head of the year".

Summary: This year's Rosh Hashanah will mark the commencement of the 5,778th year of the Jewish calendar.

Observance of Jewish holidays begins at sundown on the eve of the holiday.


It will be a blustery start to the Jewish New Year as Rosh Hashanah 5778 begins at sunset, Wednesday, Sept. 20 and lasts until Friday evening.

When does Rosh Hashanah start?

In Judaism, Rosh Hashanah means more than just a new year - it commemorates the birth of the world and all humanity at the creation of Adam.


The Chabad of Southampton Jewish Center on Hill Street will start the observance with the lighting of the candles at 6:32 p.m., with a service to follow at 7.

Meals include apples dipped in honey to symbolize a sweet new year and at least one brisket dinner.

Customs include sounding a hollowed-out ram's horn known as a shofar after readings from the Torah, which is the Jewish religious text.


If you're wondering how you can wish someone a happy Rosh Hashanah, "Shanah tovah" is an appropriate greeting for Rosh Hashanah.

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