No it’s not January 1st, but it is a new year. Since the Jewish calendar is a Lunar calendar the holiday of Rosh Hashanah, marking the Jewish New Year, officially began at sundown on Wednesday.
While the holiday marks a new beginning for most, others say it’s about much more. “It’s really a connection to our roots and it’s a chance to pass things on to the young ones,” said Education Director, Daniel Sternlicht.
Those at Temple B’nai Israel in Panama City, began the celebration with a prayer service and reflected on their past year.
“Thinking about the good things that we’ve done, but also the bad things that we’ve done and who we need to apologize to,” said Sternlicht.
Rabbi Alana Wasserman had this message to deliver at Wednesday night’s service. “Who are we? What defines us? What has defined us in the past, what will define us in the future? For us as individuals, us as a community and us as a world,” said Rabbi Alana Wasserman.
Rosh Hashanah is a time of celebration but also a somber time of reflection and family togetherness. “It’s a time for us to reflect and make a plan to do better in the future,” said Wasserman.
Rabbi Wasserman says that’s what the jewish high holiday season is all about.Thursday there will be a service at 1:30 at the Saint Andrew’s Marina celebrating the Jewish ceremony of Tashlich. It’s a symbolic gesture of casting sins into the water and starting a new year with a clean slate.