The Jewish New Year 5763 begins Friday evening, September 6, marking a 10-day observance of the Jewish High Holy Days. Beginning with the celebration of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, and culminating with the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, on September 15 to 16, Jews in the Finger Lakes and all over the world will gather in synagogues to pray.
Rosh Hashanah celebrates the creation of the world and the new year. In Jewish homes across North America, families will gather for a festive meal that includes eating round challah (egg bread), drinking sweet wine, and dipping apples into honey as they recite blessings calling for a sweet and healthy New Year.
Temple Beth-El invites the Jewish community to attend High Holiday services at Temple Beth-El. The Temple will celebrate Rosh Hashanah jointly with its student members from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Rosh Hashanah services will be held at 8 p.m. on Friday evening, September 6. Saturday and Sunday morning services will begin at 9:30 a.m.; a children's service begins at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday only. Services will be led by Cantor Richard Rosenfield. Complete schedule and ticket information may be obtained by calling Carol Shama at (315) 462-3546.
The congregation is located at 755 South Main Street (Route 14), along Seneca Lake, in Geneva. The building is now handicapped-accessible.