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Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah Poem: ‘Simanim’

Why do we eat apples and honey?  It’s an answer you all need to hear.  Like the honey, the apples are sweet   To ensure for us all a sweet year.   But that’s not all of the foods That we eat at the head of the year. While simanim are ritually eaten, Their meaning is not always clear.   So, let us start with Rosh Hashanah If that is what you would...

High Holidays signal a return to in-person worship for most area congregants

By DEAN SHAPIRO, A CCJN Special Report

As the High Holy Days approach and the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic recedes, services at the New Orleans area synagogues will be largely returning to normal for the first time since 2019, barring the threat of a major hurricane or other serious weather event approaching or reaching the local mainland.

Observances of Rosh Hashanah 5783 and...

Defying Ukraine’s wartime warnings, thousands of Hasidic pilgrims have made it to Uman for Rosh Hashanah


UMAN, Ukraine (JTA) — As he jogged up a hill in this central Ukrainian town, a Hasidic man in a black knee-length coat flicked through a pocket prayer book. He was heading towards the one-story complex built atop a cemetery that houses the tomb of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov. And he was late for a post-morning prayer celebration that involved music — including some klezmer-influenced saxophone —...

Biden to host first-ever White House Rosh Hashanah party


WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Joe Biden is bringing a Jewish High Holiday celebration to the White House for the first time.

His White House is hosting a Rosh Hashanah reception on Sept. 30, Jewish Insider reported on Monday.

As vice president during the 2009-2017 Obama administration, Biden hosted Rosh Hashanah and Succot receptions at the Naval Observatory, the official vice presidential residence, the first vice president to...

Ukraine says it will not allow in Uman pilgrims for Rosh Hashanah


(JTA) — More than four months into its devastating war against Russia, Ukraine is sending a new message to the world’s Jews: Don’t come here for Rosh Hashanah.

Tens of thousands of Jews flood into Uman, a central city that is home to the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, a 18th-century Jewish luminary, annually for the Jewish new year. Even in the first year of the...

Hundreds of pilgrims to Uman suspected of forging negative COVID tests


(JTA) — Hundreds of Israelis who traveled to Ukraine for an annual Rosh Hashanah pilgrimage to the grave of a Hasidic rabbi are suspected of using forged negative COVID tests to return to Israel after testing positive for the virus.

Tens of thousands of Israelis travel to Uman, Ukraine each year in a pilgrimage to the grave of Rabbi Nachman, the leader of the Breslov branch of...

Federation coordinates Dallas kosher food distribution in Metairie

By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

Jesse Shamka normally works in the kitchen at Kosher Palate supervising the kosher food being cooked at his employer Chaim Goldfarb’s Dallas grocery store, upscale restaurant and full-service catering company.

His duty this Labor Day morning was anything but ordinary.

With a driver navigating the trip from Dallas, Shamka rode in the cab of a huge 24-foot refrigerated truck  fully laden with kosher...

President Biden delivers remarks on Rosh Hashanah

(Sept. 5, 2021) – On Rosh Hashanah, Jewish communities around the world celebrate the world’s birth and commemorate the creation of humankind.

Rosh Hashanah and the Days of Awe that follow charge those who celebrate to pause, look inward, and reflect on the past year. It is a time to undertake an inventory of the soul, a cheshbon hanefesh, and to ask of ourselves and of each other...

Northshore Jewish Congregation to resume in-person visits next week; virtual opportunities listed

The Northshore Jewish Congregation (NJC), suffered only minor damages from Hurricane Ida last Sunday and Monday. However, at last report, it is still without power. 

In the interim, Anna Schwartz, the president of  Temple Adath Joseph in St. Louis, MO., has graciously offered to have the NJC congregation attend their services virtually.

Their Rosh Hashanah Schedule is a follows:

Monday, September 6...

Looking for online Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services in 2021? Here are some options, based on your interests.


(JTA) — Just a couple of months ago, it seemed like this fall would mark the triumphal return of packed sanctuaries in synagogues across the world, after a year of diminished in-person or, more often, online-only services for the first Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur of the COVID-19 pandemic.

But the potent Delta variant, combined with lagging vaccination rates in some places and the lack of vaccines...