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Rosh Hashanah

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...

Chabad locations to offer services, meals (RSVPs required)

All Chabad-Lubavitch area locations – the Btesh Family Chabad House (Uptown), the Gerson Katz Chabad Center of Metairie, Chabad of Baton Rouge and CBI (Chabad of Gulfport) will be offering full High Holiday services.

An updated list of services and meals provided through Chabad of South Florida is as follows:

BTESH FAMILY CHABAD HOUSE (UPTOWN) – HAS POWER RESTORED Service times – 7037 Freret Street Monday, Sept.  6 – 7:00...

Off the Pulpit: Listen to this!


The mitzvah is not to blow the shofar, but to listen to it. That may be because only one person can blow and many listen, but I would like to think that it is teaching the Jewish version of why we have one mouth but two ears. Because as much as we need to say things, we need to hear things even more.

We live in...



Rosh Hashanah, a major communal and religious event, filled with pageantry for contemporary Jews, is given precious little attention in the Torah. Unlike Yom Kippur, Succot, Pesach, and Shavuot, the Holiday is not even given a name! The Torah simply prescribes a “sacred occasion” on the first day of the seventh month (Leviticus 23:24; Numbers 29:1).

That “sacred occasion” is described by the Torah as Yom...

This Jewish family has been making honey wine for 150 years


(JTA via Kveller) – Rachel Lipman cares deeply about preserving her Jewish family’s fifth-generation winemaking business, Loew Vineyards, but the 28-year-old is keeping an eye on the future, too. As one of the youngest winemakers in Maryland — if not the youngest — she’s pushing through boundaries in a traditionally male-dominated industry.

But that’s not all. Lipman is also educating customers about her family’s extraordinary legacy of...

Here’s what 5 chefs from around the world are making this Rosh Hashanah


(JTA via The Nosher)  – We asked five noted chefs and food writers what they will serve at home to mark the Jewish New Year, and (spoiler alert) they all plan to weave symbols of sweetness — hallmarks of the holiday — into their menus. Long live apples and honey!

But the apples may be in the form of a confit, and the honey might be replaced...