This Sunday, as the day draws to a close, the Jewish community will ring in year 5773 as part of their celebration of Rosh Hashanah, or the Jewish New Year. The festivities will continue until nightfall on Tuesday, Sept. 18.
Although there are no synagogues in Cranberry, worshippers can find services throughout the Greater Pittsburgh area.
Erev Rosh Hashanah services at Temple Ohav Shalom in Allison Park begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. The temple is located at 8400 Thompson Run Road. Here's a link to their calendar of events throughout the holiday.
The Congregation B'nai Abraham in Butler will hold services on Monday, Sept. 17 and Tuesday, Sept. 18. Click here for more information.
Locally, the Cranberry Jewish Community meets the second Monday of each month at the Cranberry Township Municipal Center. On Sept. 8, the group held a dessert and kosher wine reception at the Maridon Museum in Butler. To learn more about the organization, click here.
Rosh Hashanah, which literally means “head of the year,” signals the beginning of the High Holy Days. Yom Kippur, or Day of Atonement, marks the end, and together they are two of the holiest days for Jews.
Like most New Year celebrations, Rosh Hashanah is a time of introspection and a time to bring about changes in the coming year. The traditional blowing of the shofar, or ram’s horn, during services on Rosh Hashanah marks a time to contemplate past mistakes and find ways to make things right.
On this day, as on Sabbath, Jews avoid work and spend the day with family. And where there’s a family gathering, can food be far behind? It’s no surprise that after services Jewish families tuck into an elaborate spread of traditional dishes.
The day begins with eating apples dipped in honey, in hopes that the new year will also be sweet. Another tradition is to bake challah, a round-shaped bread that is a symbol of the circle of life.
So, it's time to get into that festive mood! Patch has come up with some great recipes that will make your Rosh Hoshanah meal extra special this year.
Want to try something new this year? Take a look at this recipe for Cornish game hens with sweet honey and cherries, which Susan Silverberg shared on Culver City Patch.
In the mood for some baking and indulging that sweet tooth at the same time? Try this recipe for apple challah from West Bloomfield Patch.
Here’s wishing you L’shanah Tovah--the traditional Happy New Year greeting-- and B'tayavon (that’s Hebrew for bon appetit)!
How are you celebrating Rosh Hashanah this year? Share your Rosh Hashanah recipes and traditions with us in the comments section below!