Jewish new year begins tonight at sundown

Lester Mason
September 21, 2017

The Rabbi for the Tri-City Jewish Center says it's very different from the new year marked on January first. This year's Rosh Hashanah will mark the commencement of the 5,778th year of the Jewish calendar.

Rosh Hashana is the Jewish New Year and is the start of High Holy Days, which culminate 10 days later with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. While Bene Israeli is a community of Jews whose ancestors are believed to have settled in India centuries ago, the Baghdadi Jews are of Iraqi origin whose ancestors settled in colonial India.

"It's a unique holiday unlike the secular new year that's like a party, this is a contemplative year".

Rosh Hashanah 2017 begins at sundown on September 20 and continues through nightfall till September 22 sunset.

Rabbi David Mason showing students at Simon Marks Jewish Primary School how to use a shofar, or ram's horn.

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