Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of the new year, according to the traditional Jewish calendar. This year, Rosh Hashanah will begin at sunset on Sunday, September 25.
Rosh Hashanah is celebrated with sweet symbolic foods and traditions like listening to the sound of the shofar! Did you know that in the Bible, Rosh Hashanah is not called Rosh Hashanah? It's called Yom Teruah, the day of blasting the shofar (ram's horn).
The shofar is sounded 100 times during a traditional Rosh Hashanah service. And a long and loud shofar blast marks the end of the fast day of Yom Kippur. This is a symbol for Rosh Hashanah: we must turn inward to fix ourselves so we can then burst out and contribute to the world.
For New Yorkers wishing to hear the shofar on Rosh Hashanah, UJA-Federation of New York’s Shofar Across Brooklyn features more than 20 outdoor locations across Brooklyn where synagogues and local organizations will sound the shofar on Tuesday, September 27, at 5:00 pm.
Here's a list of Shofar locations by neighborhood:
Bensonhurst-- 8885 26th Avenue, Shore Parkway Jewish Center
Brooklyn Heights-- 287 Hicks Street , Chabad of Brooklyn Heights; Cadman Plaza, Lab / Shul
Carroll Gardens-- Carroll Park, Dirah
Cobble Hill-- Cobble Hill Park, Kane Street Synagogue
Coney Island-- 8885 26th Avenue, Shore Parkway Jewish Center
Crown Heights-- Brower Park (Along Kingston Avenue), Chevra Ahavas Yisroel; 808 Nostrand Avenue, Repair the World Brooklyn
Downtown Brooklyn-- 230 Jay Street, Chabad of Brooklyn Heights
Dumbo-- Janes Carousel, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Chabad of Dumbo
Greenpoint-- McCarren Park Red House, Greenpoint Shul
Kensington-- 327 E 5th Street (Courtyard), Flatbush Jewish Center
Manhattan Beach-- 111 West End Avenue, Temple Beth El of Manhattan Beach
Midwood-- East 17th Street & Foster Avenue, B’ShERT; 1625 Ocean Avenue, East Midwood Jewish Center; 1649 East 13th Street (Yard), Etz Chaim of Flatbush
Park Slope-- Grand Army Plaza, Congregation Beth Elohim; 1320 8th Avenue (Stoop), Park Slope Jewish Center; Bailey Fountain, Romemu Brooklyn
Prospect Heights-- Mount Prospect Park, Altshul; Brooklyn Museum, At The Well Brooklyn; Grand Army Plaza, Congregation Beth Elohim; 235 St. Marks Avenue, Luria Academy of Brooklyn; Bailey Fountain, Romemu Brooklyn; Wellhouse, Prospect Park, Tarbut Brooklyn
Williamsburg-- McCarren Park Red House, Greenpoint Shul
Windsor Terrace-- Machate Circle (Southwest Corner), Kane Street Synagogue
“It is our privilege to bring the community together to hear the blast of the shofar, one of the most significant observances of Rosh Hashanah,” said Rebecca Saidlower, executive director of community mobilizers at UJA. “We’re grateful to the participating synagogues and organizations for providing this opportunity for people to close out the holiday in a meaningful way.”
For those seeking to celebrate the High Holidays with services, UJA’s Find A Service guide lists 75 synagogues of all denominations offering in-person and virtual services for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in the five boroughs and Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties.