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Jewish New Year starts Wednesday


  • By Winston Skinner
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  • Sep. 14, 2017 - 9:17 PM

Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, will be Wednesday, and area Jews will be celebrating the High Holy Day.

Chabad of Peachtree City, 632 Dogwood Trail in Tyrone, and Congregation B'nai Israel, 1633 Hwy. 54 East in Jonesboro, will both have observances. There is no synagogue in Coweta County, but Cowetans worship at Chabad of Peachtree City and Congregation B’nai Israel.

Rosh Hashana is the first of the Jewish High Holy Days. The origin of the rituals associated with the observance is found in Leviticus 23:23–32.

Some traditions maintain the Jewish New Year starts on the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve.

Services at Chabad of Peachtree City include:

• Rosh Hashana, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.

• Rosh Hashana, Thursday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. with blowing of the shofar, a ram’s horn, at about 11:30 a.m.

• Eve of Yom Kippur, Kol Nidrei service, Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m.

• Yom Kippur morning service, 9:30 a.m., Sept. 30, followed by Yizkor about noon and Neilahat 6:45 p.m. with shofar blowing and breakfast at 8:02 p.m.

Many of the prayers are recited by the congregation in unison, specifically in English, so that everyone can participate. Hebrew/English prayer books are used throughout the service, and the rabbi provides a running commentary in English of explanatory and meaningful insights.

Congregation B'nai Israel has the following services on its schedule:

• Rosh Hashana evening service, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.

• Rosh Hashana morning service, Thursday, 10 a.m., followed by a luncheon.

• Yom Kippur evening service, Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m.

• Yom Kippur morning service, Sept. 30, 10 a.m.

To attend any of the Congregation B’nai Israel services, please call 678-817-7162 for tickets.