Rosh Hashanah 2022: Jewish New Year 5783 begins Sunday at sundown

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Blow the shofar
Blowing the shofar at Congregation Beth Israel in La Jolla. Image courtesy of Beth Israel

The Jewish calendar year 5783 begins at sundown on Sunday, September 25, with in-person Rosh Hashanah 2022 services at most San Diego-area congregations.

Congregation Beth Israel, the largest Jewish congregation in San Diego and the oldest in Southern California, is holding services in a “mask optional/friendly environment” at its sanctuary and streaming them online for those concerned about COVID -19.

Rosh Hashanah literally means “head of the year” in Hebrew. It marks the start of a 10-day period of prayer, self-examination and repentance ending with Yom Kippur, known as the Day of Atonement.

The year begins at sunset because the ancient Jewish calendar is based on the phases of the moon.

Customs observed on Rosh Hashanah include the sounding of the shofar, a musical instrument made from a ram’s horn, and the eating of apples and honey for a sweet new year.

Tashlich, another practice associated with Rosh Hashanah, is a ceremony in which Jews symbolically cast off their sins by throwing pieces of bread into a flowing body of water, with many congregations meeting at local beaches.

The Jewish Federation of San Diego County provides an online list of local congregations with high holiday services in 2021.

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