Written by Christel Mohrman and Rashmi Raman
Are you looking for a place to celebrate the High Holidays? A number of local Jewish congregations have announced their services for Rosh Hashanah (Sept. 5) and Yom Kippur (Sept. 14).
Rosh Hashanah, which literally means “head of the year,” signals the beginning of the High Holy Days. Yom Kippur, or Day of Atonement, marks the end, and together they are two of the holiest days for Jews.
Like most New Year celebrations, Rosh Hashanah is a time of introspection and a time to bring about changes in the coming year. The traditional blowing of the shofar, or ram’s horn, during services on Rosh Hashanah marks a time to contemplate past mistakes and find ways to make things right.
On this day, as on Sabbath, Jews avoid work and spend the day with family. And where there’s a family gathering, can food be far behind? It’s no surprise that after services Jewish families tuck into an elaborate spread of traditional dishes.
The day begins with eating apples dipped in honey, in hopes that the new year will also be sweet. Another tradition is to bake challah, a round-shaped bread that is a symbol of the circle of life.
So, it's time to get into that festive mood! Patch has come up with some great recipes that will make your Rosh Hashanah meal extra special this year.
Here’s a roundup of the announcements and events that have been posted on Oak Park-River Forest Patch by congregations serving the area.
- Oak Park Temple High Holidays services
- Chabad Jewish Center of Oak Park, High Holidays information
- West Suburban Temple Har Zion services
- Congregation Etz Chaim services
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