Rosh Hashanah


The Jewish community begins a new year with the celebration of Rosh Hashanah Wednesday, Sept. 24.

Rosh Hashanah, Hebrew for “Head of the Year,” lasts through the first and second days of the month of Tishri, the first month of the Hebrew calendar’s civil year. Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of Yamim Nora’im, the Jewish High Holy Days; Yom Kippur, the day of atonement, which falls this year on Oct. 3, marks the end.

In addition to reflection and fresh determination, the New Year is a time for togetherness.

Throughout the 10-day period, observant Jews will gather with friends and family in their homes and at the Hebrew Center. At mealtimes they will enjoy traditional foods, such as apples and honey to symbolize a sweet new year; round challah, symbolic of the circle of life; and dates, black-eyed peas, and spinach. These are foods discussed in the Talmud, a text considered second of importance to the Torah.

For a full schedule of Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center services and other information, call 508-693-0745 or visit Reservations are required.