Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, comprise the “High Holy Days” of the Jewish calendar.
Rosh Hashanah, which literally translates to “head of the year”, is a time for celebration and sweetness. We mark this joyous occasion with apples and honey (offering sweetness), round challah (to symbolize the cycle of life), friends and family, and worship services with the blowing of the shofar, all in preparation for a sweet new year!
Rosh Hashanah begins Sunday evening, October 2nd (services at 8pm) and continues Monday, October 3rd (youth and main services at 10am, tots at 9:30am). We invite the entire community to observe Rosh Hashanah at Rockdale Temple. Services are available for children, families, and adults. Click here to access our High Holy Day Schedule and Childcare Forms!
If you are unable to attend High Holy Day services at Rockdale, you now have the option to tune in at home on your computer! Click here for access to live-streaming services!
Click one of the topics below or scroll down for great information, how-to’s, activities, mitzvah opportunities, music videos, recipes, and more:
Practice Singing the Blessings!
More about Rosh Hashanah
Learning for Adults
Activities and Videos for Children
Rosh Hashanah Mitzvah Opportunities
Monetary donations and non-perishable food items will be accepted at Rockdale Temple for the Freestore Food Bank and the Jewish Family Service Heldman Family Food Pantry. Checks should be made payable to the Freestore Food Bank and sent to the Temple. The Freestore Food Bank truck will be located in the JCC parking lot during Yom Kippur morning services. Donations for the Jewish Family Service Heldman Family Food Pantry will be picked up after Simchat Torah. The drive begins on Selichot: Saturday, September 24, 2016 and continues through Simchat Torah: Monday, October 24, 2016.
Celebrate with Music!