It's an early Jewish New Year in 2013 as Jews in St. Louis Park and across the world will ring in 5774 Wednesday night through Friday.
Rosh Hashanah, which occurs 143 days after Passover according to the Gregorian calendar, will be the earliest it has been since 1899.
Jews typically celebrate the holiday by attending services to hear the blowing of the shofar (ram's horn) and welcome the new year. They also celebrate with traditional meals that include a round challah bread the represent the circle of life and apples and honey for a sweet new year.St. Louis Park has a rich Jewish tradition, and many local religious institutions will be marking the holiday. Follow the links below for information from a specific institution:
- Congregation Bais Yisroel
- Beth El Synagogue
- Kenesseth Israel Congregation
- Seed of Abraham Messianic Congregation
- Darchei Noam
Like most New Year celebrations, Rosh Hashanah is a time of introspection and a time to bring about changes in the coming year. The traditional blowing of the shofar, or ram’s horn, during services on Rosh Hashanah marks a time to contemplate past mistakes and find ways to make things right.
With reporting by Karen Goff.