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Rosh Hashana celebrations begin soon

Posted: September 15, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 15, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Rabbi Choni Marozov from Chabad of SCV, holds the shofar — a ram’s horn — which is a key component of the Rash Hashana service. Rabbi Choni Marozov from Chabad of SCV, holds the shofar — a ram’s horn — which is a key component of the Rash Hashana service.
<p>Rabbi Choni Marozov from Chabad of SCV, holds the shofar — a ram’s horn — which is a key component of the Rash Hashana service.</p>

Sunday evening marks the beginning of Rosh Hashana, a Jewish high holiday that many Santa Clarita Valley residents will celebrate over the course of two days.

Rosh Hashana is considered the Jewish New Year and is celebrated by thousands across the SCV with resolutions for the upcoming year.

Temple Beth Ami celebrates the holiday each year with several large services held at the Hyatt hotel in Valencia. Rabbi Mark Blazer looks forward to the events saying it is an opportunity to bring many people from the Jewish community together.

“There is always a lot of excitement and anticipation,” Blazer said. “We focus on things that help us make improvements in our lives and on the connectedness we have with each other.”

Rabbi Choni Marozov, of Chabad of SCV, views Rosh Hashana as the day that sets the tone for the rest of the year and a time for family and community to come together.

“We make resolutions to be better human beings and pray to God to send us a good year,” he said.

The shofar

Rosh Hashana is a time where many people celebrate the blessings in the year to come, but also to reflect on the last year and how they can improve.

“The Torah teaches us that at any moment in our lives we can change,” Marozov said. “It is never too late to turn around and say, ‘I want to become better and change my life.’”

Rabbi Howard Siegel, of Congregation Beth Shalom, emphasized the importance of seeing the holiday as a time for change and a time for personal reflection.

“It is a Jewish rebirth,” he said. “Every year, the services are the same, but they are different, too. People come to us at different points in their lives. That can be the beginning of a new direction.”

While many agree on the elements and themes of what Rosh Hashana means to them, one thing remains the same. Each year, Jewish congregations get together during service not only for prayers, blessings and songs, but also for the sounding of the shofar. The shofar is a ram’s horn that is sounded to usher in the new year.

“It really is done to awaken the congregation to the obligation of addressing their shortcomings and the need to make this a better world,” Siegel said.

Chabad of SCV held a children’s event last Sunday where each child made a shofar to help involve the children in the holiday. In past years, they have gone to other congregations to help them create their own shofars, encouraging people to bring their own shofar to the Rosh Hashana service.

“It really is a way for us to bring the holiday to life,” Marozov said. “We blow the shofar and pray to God to send us a good year and help us be better human beings.

Everyone is invited to synagogues to participate in Rosh Hashana service with them.

Services for Rosh Hashana

Congregation Beth Shalom
Sunday 6:45 p.m. at Blessed Kateri Church at 22508 Copper Hill Drive.
Monday 8:30 a.m. at Blessed Kateri
Tuesday 8:30 a.m. at the synagogue at 21430 Centre Pointe Parkway.

Temple Beth Ami
Sunday 8 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Valencia 24500 Town Center Drive
Monday 9 a.m. at the Hyatt
Tuesday 9 a.m. at the synagogue at 23023 Hilse Lane

Chabad of SCV
Sunday 7 p.m. at the synagogue at 23120 Lyons Ave.
Monday 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday 9:30 a.m. with the blowing of the shofar held at noon.




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