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West Hartford Synagogue Will Mark Jewish New Year with ‘Rosh Hashanah in the Park’

A previous Rosh Hashanah celebration in Elizabeth Park. Submitted photo (we-ha.com file photo)

West Hartford’s Congregation Beth Israel will hold an outdoor service in Elizabeth Park on Sunday, Sept. 25.

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Congregation Beth Israel will mark the start of the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah with an outdoor service in Elizabeth Park on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 5:30 p.m. The family-friendly service is free and open to the public.

“Rosh Hashanah in the Park” has become a popular annual event, attracting hundreds of guests from the West Hartford Jewish community and beyond. Rosh Hashanah is Hebrew for “head of the year,” and marks the new year according to the Hebrew calendar. One of the Jewish “High Holy Days”, Rosh Hashanah includes joyful celebration. The sounding of the shofar, a bugle-like instrument made from a ram’s horn, announces the beginning of the “Days of Awe” between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

The Rosh Hashanah in the Park service will be led by Congregation Beth Israel’s rabbis, Michael Pincus and Andi Fliegel, and features lively participatory music with guitar. ASL interpretation provided. In case of inclement weather, this service will move to the synagogue.

Congregation Beth Israel is a Reform Jewish synagogue of over 600 families, tracing its history to 1843, when Jews were first given the legal right to establish a synagogue in the state of Connecticut. Today, Congregation Beth Israel is a welcoming community where people of all ages and backgrounds can deepen their spirituality and engagement through prayer, celebration, learning, and efforts to repair the world.

For more information, please visit www.cbict.org.

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