Jews in Pasadena Mark Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, with Celebrations Starting Tonight

Published : Sunday, September 9, 2018 | 1:28 AM

The Jewish New Year tradition known as Rosh Hashanah unfolds this week across Pasadena and around the world as Jewish faithful begin a new year filled with introspection, prayer, festive meals and hopefulness for the future.

Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on Sunday night and officially concludes at sundown on Tuesday evening. Friday also marks the first day of the “10 Days of Repentance” ending on Yom Kippur on September 18, wherein Jews recognize their actions, both good and bad, of the previous year, and are judged God.

According to Rabbi Chaim Hanoka, Executive Director of Chabad of Pasadena, Rosh Hashanah symbolizes personal and spiritual growth during a time of new beginnings.

“It represents the concept of renewal. We’re given another chance to make this year a better year than last year. Instead of getting mired in the trials and tribulations we may have had in the past. We’re focusing on putting that behind us,” said Hanoka in a previous interview.

According to Hanoka, Rosh Hashanah is celebrated in a more serious, spiritual ways than secular new year’s celebrations.

“This is spent with many hours in the synagogue praying,” explained Hanoka. “The day of Rosh Hashanah commemorates not the first day of creation, but the day that man was created.”

Individuals also listen closely to a shofar, or a hollowed ram’s horn, which is blown during prayer.

“It evokes within us that sort of inner cry to bring out that clarion call of wanting to return to the path of righteousness,” said Hanoka.

According to Chabad, an Orthodox organization, Rosh Hashanah meals usually include apples dipped in honey to symbolize a sweet new year. Other foods with a symbolic meaning may be served, depending on local custom, such as the head of a fish, to symbolize the “head” of the year and reflect the prayer “let us be the head and not the tail.”

“Different fruits and vegetables represent blessing,” said Hanoka.

Many Jews also observe a tradition called tashlich, meaning “casting off” in Hebrew, in which they go to a nearby river or lake and throw pieces of bread, which signifies the washing away of sin.

“It’s basically the month to pack in everything you need to get you through the next twelve months until the next Rosh Hashanah,” said Hanoka.

Notable local Jewish institutions such as the Chabad of Pasadena and the Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center provide a variety of services and activities to celebrate Rosh Hashanah.

Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center
Located at 1434 N Altadena Drive, Pasadena

Schedule of services:

Sunday, September 9 – 7:30 p.m
Erev Rosh Hashanah Services

Monday, September 10 – 9:00 a.m.
First Day of Rosh Hashanah Services

Monday, September 10 – 5:00 p.m.
Rosh Hashanah Family Service

Monday, September 10 – 5:00 p.m.
Rosh Hashanah Family Service and Community Tashlich Ritual (casting off our mistakes and sins) at L.A. County Arboretum.

Tuesday, September 11 – 9:00 a.m.
Second Day of Rosh Hashanah Services

Chabad of Pasadena
Located at 1090 E Walnut St.

Schedule of services:

Rosh Hashana

Sunday, Sept. 9th
7:00 p.m. Evening Services
followed by Kiddush ~ including traditional apple dipped in honey

Community Dinner following services
Rosh Hashanah Community Dinner
Sunday, Sept. 9th
7:00 pm Services
Dinner Following Services
$50/Adult $35/child
Sponsor: $180

Monday, Sept. 10th
10:00 a.m. Shacharit
11:00 a.m. Children’s Program
11:45 a.m. Shofer Blowing
5:15 p.m. Mincha
6:00 p.m. Tashlich at Caltech
7:45 p.m. Maariv Services
Light candles after 7:43 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 11th
10:00 a.m. Shacharit
11:00 a.m. Children’s Program
11:45 a.m. Shofar Blowing
6:45 p.m. Mincha
7:42 p.m. Holiday Ends

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