WILTON, Conn. – A new year is dawning for Jewish people in and around Wilton and the world, and hopes are high for a sweet and better new year, says Rabbi Leah Cohen.
“For people in our community and Jews all over the world, these High Holy Days starting on Sunday night are the highlight of the spiritual year,” said Cohen, one of the leaders at Temple B’Nai Chaim as Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year approaches. “This is the time, whether you’re religious or not so religious, one makes a special effort to really focus on what their lives are all about.”
Temple B’Nai Chaim will host Rosh Hashanah services beginning at 7:45 p.m. Sunday at its building at 82 Portland Ave. in Wilton’s Georgetown section. The temple will also have services at 10:15 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday and 10:15 a.m. Tuesday. The Monday afternoon service will be a children’s service.
Rosh Hashanah, the first and second days of the Jewish New Year, is the start of the High Holy Days and occurs in the Jewish month of Tishri. It occurs 10 days before Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashanah customs include the sounding of the shofar, a ram’s horn, and eating symbolic foods such as apples dipped in honey. Sunday will be the start of the year 5773.
Cohen said members of the temple should be introspective and aim to be “our best selves.” They are also mindful of what's going on with Israel and the economic situation.
“We’re trying to take a look at our lives and return to the way we want to be living,” she said. “And so we do this by taking inventory of our actions and look at where we need to make amends.”
Cohen said the services are “warm and inclusive” and very musical. She is expecting between 400 and 600 people will attend services to celebrate the Jewish New Year.