Rosh HaShanah (literally, "Head of the Year") is the celebration of the Jewish New Year, observed on the first day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei. It marks the beginning of a ten-day period of prayer, self-examination and repentance, culminating on the fast day of Yom Kippur. These ten days are referred to as Yamim Noraim, the Days of Awe or the High Holy Days.
While there are elements of joy and celebration, Rosh HaShanah is a deeply religious occasion. The customs and symbols of Rosh HaShanah reflect the holiday's dual emphasis, happiness and humility. Special customs observed on Rosh HaShanah include; the sounding of the shofar, using round challah, eating apples and honey (and other sweet foods) for a sweet new year.
There is also a customary service observed before Rosh HaShanah. S'lichot, meaning forgiveness, refers to the solemn penitential prayers recited by Jews prior to the onset of the High Holy Days.
Schedule of Services
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services are times of spiritual renewal for many of our Kol Ami community. We offer early and late seating for our morning services and one seating for our evening service. Youth services (grades 1-6) are offered concurrently with each morning service, while youth in grades 7 and above are welcome and encouraged to attend services in the Sanctuary.
On both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur afternoons, a service for families of young children is open to the community.
Members of the White Plains Synagogues join us for a community Tashlich service on the first day of Rosh Hashanah. The Yom Kippur services end with Yizkor (a service in remembrance of our loved ones) and Neilah (the dramatic closing service of Yom Kippur) and a beautiful Havdalah ceremony with our children.