Rosh Hashanah Celebration

Members of Tsarkov and Zingman familes gathered around a table to celebrate the start of the Jewish New Year with food and drink after a service sponsored by Congregation Beth Israel, a reform synagogue in West Hartford, which broke from tradition this year by beginning its celebration of Rosh Hashanah with an unusual outdoor service Wednesday evening by the rose garden in Elizabeth Park. The hour-long service will include guitars and drums. “We’re tying to make it a little more modern,” Pincus said. “And we’ll be blowing the shofar [ram’s horn] at the service, which is not customary for the eve of Rosh Hashanah.” But he didn’t want people who go to this Rosh Hashanah service, and no other, to miss out on this ceremonial call announcing the new year.

Members of Tsarkov and Zingman familes gathered around a table to celebrate the start of the Jewish New Year with food and drink after a service sponsored by Congregation Beth Israel, a reform synagogue in West Hartford, which broke from tradition this year by beginning its celebration of Rosh Hashanah with an unusual outdoor service Wednesday evening by the rose garden in Elizabeth Park. The hour-long service will include guitars and drums. “We’re tying to make it a little more modern,” Pincus said. “And we’ll be blowing the shofar [ram’s horn] at the service, which is not customary for the eve of Rosh Hashanah.” But he didn’t want people who go to this Rosh Hashanah service, and no other, to miss out on this ceremonial call announcing the new year.

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