The HWS Community celebrated Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, with a ceremony hosted by the Abbe Center for Jewish Life on Friday, Sept. 18 at the Bozzuto Boathouse. This year marks the 5781 year in the Jewish calendar and begins the 10-day observance of the Jewish High Holy Days. The period culminates with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.
Director of the Abbe Center for Jewish Life Julianne Miller led the prayers and Associate Professor of Chemistry Justin Miller sounded the shofar, an instrument made out of a ram’s horn. As per Jewish tradition, the sound of the shofar signifies the start of the High Holy Days. Miller placed a mask over the instrument and maintained a safe social distance while he sounded the instrument.
After the Rosh Hashanah service, guests picked up prepared food and came together for a “Shabbat Together” celebration over Zoom.
The Abbe Center has named the prepared meals “ShabbaTotes,” a play on the word Shabbatot, the plural of Shabbat in Hebrew. Every week, a Kiddush cup, electric tealights and a prayer card are included with the meal. All of the items are reusable, as part of the Abbe Center’s commitment to sustainability. To celebrate the new year, the Shabbatotes will include challah and apples with honey.
As part of Homecoming and Family Weekend, parents and families will attend “Shabbat Together” with members of the HWS community on Friday, Sept. 25 at 6:30 p.m. Families will bring their own meals to the Zoom session and participate in the traditional blessings.
RSVP at Shabbat@hws.edu.