High Holidays

Musaica presents Jewish-themed chamber concerts for High Holy Days

By DEAN M. SHAPIRO, Special to the CCJN

Perfectly timed to coincide with the Jewish High Holy Days, the nine-member, New Orleans-based chamber music ensemble, Musaica, is presenting two evening programs highlighting selected works of Jewish and Jewish-influenced composers.

On Monday, September 17, Musaica will open its 2018-19 season with...
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Area rabbis discuss how to approach Rosh Hashanah


Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins tonight, September 9 and continues through the evening of September 11. It begins the period known as the Days of Awe or the Ten Days of Penitence, which culminates with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement and the holiest day...
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A Jewish atonement ritual (not the chicken one) gets an eco-friendly makeover


SOMERVILLE, Mass. (JTA) — On the first afternoon of Rosh Hashanah, Rabbi Eliana Jacobowitz will lead her congregation on a walk to the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse on the Mystic River for tashlich, a centuries-old ritual when Jews symbolically discard their sins from the past year into a...
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‘Iran fighting to survive,’ Trump says on Rosh Hashanah greeting call

(JTA) — The U.S. pullout from the nuclear deal with Iran triggered a European desertion of that country that is threatening its regime’s survival, President Donald Trump said.

Trump spoke about the issue Thursday during a Rosh Hashanah phone call with rabbis and Jewish leaders. Taking part in the 20-minute...
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Emmanuel Macron becomes first sitting French president to attend pre-Rosh Hashanah ceremony

(JTA) — French President Emmanuel Macron attended a pre-Rosh Hashanah ceremony at the Great Synagogue of Paris, the first time that a sitting president has done so.

Macron, who was presented with several varieties of honey as a gift in honor of the Jewish New Year, did not speak at...
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Israel bans entry of Succot-related plants, citing agricultural disease control

(JTA) — Israel is keeping out plants used to celebrate Succot from coming into the country.

A task force charged with implementing the ban on three of the four species used to celebrate the holiday will begin working in the coming days at Ben Gurion Airport.

The Agriculture Ministry said...
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Selichot Across Town

The observance of Selichot, whether through services or programming,  begins tomorrow, Saturday evening, September 1.  In the Reform community, Congregation Gates of Prayer begins their Selichot observance with a dessert reception at 8:00 p.m. at the synagogue, 4000 West Esplanade Avenue in Metairie. Music and stories follow at 9:00 p.m.

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OP-ED: Rosh Hashanah needs a little preparation. We have a digital solution.


CHICAGO (JTA) — Too often, Rosh Hashanah resembles Kramer from “Seinfeld.”

Barging onto the scene in a haste, it takes us aback. Its entry neither upsets nor disappoints us. But it comes with little warning, out of nowhere.

The Jewish...
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Israeli equestrian rider withdraws from world championships due to conflict with Yom Kippur

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JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli equestrian rider has withdrawn from next month’s world championships because the competition will take place on Yom Kippur.

The International Equestrian Federation event, which will take place this year in North Carolina, is a prelude to the 2020 Olympic Games in...
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Succah torn apart in vandalism at Kansas State University

(JTA) — A succah erected on the campus of Kansas State University was vandalized and destroyed.

The succah erected near the main dining hall on the Manhattan campus was carried away from its place on Friday night and broken apart, the Mercury newspaper reported Sunday. The pieces were left around...
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