Celebrate the Holidays @ The J

What is Rosh Hashanah?
Literally called in Hebrew Head of the Year, is the Jewish New Year. Rosh Hashanah is a very special time. Tradition tells us that the Book of Life opens on Rosh Hashanah, until Yom Kippur, when it is sealed.

To bring in a sweet new year, it is customary to eat apples and honey. Usually on Shabbat, we put salt on the Challah to make it additionally tasty. The only Shabbat when we do not add salt to the Challah is Rosh Hashanah, because we add honey, which is even tastier!

During Rosh Hashanah we read perhaps the most iconic story of Genesis: the Akedah, or in other words, the binding of Isaac, when G-d told Abraham to sacrifice him on Mount Moriah. This story is read in the synagogue with the blasts from the Shofar.

Tashlich is a ritual where, on the first afternoon of Rosh Hashanah, we rip small pieces of bread and throw them into a river. The bread represents our sins being washed away as we start the new year in a fresh way.

The month of Tishrei
Tishrei is the first month of the civil year. It is full of very important days, including the High Holidays: Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. In Tishrei we also celebrate Sukkot and Simchat Torah. During this month we should draw strength and inspiration for the year!


Upcoming Events:

Thursday, October 3 • 6:30 p.m.
Kugel Cooking Class
For 16 years and up (under 16 welcome with an adult)
Learn how to cook apple honey kugel.

Member $10 per person / Community $15 per person
Click here to register online.


Friday, October 4 • 5 p.m.
Apple & Honey Kugel Shabbat
Welcome Shabbat with dancing and singing. Get to know other community members and try some pieces of delicious apple honey kugel.



Monday, October 7 • 6 p.m.
Fast - Track Learning
Join us for an interactive discussion about the history of fasting in Judaism, and modern fasting trends, led by David Citrin. Explore the history and reasons for fasting.

Member FREE / Community $5 per person
Click here to register online.


Sunday, October 20 • 11:30 a.m.
Family Sukkot Celebration

Sukkot crafts. Games and activities for all ages. Special day for grandparents and grandchildren.

FREE EVENT. Click here to rsvp.

Sponsored by: Stamford JCC and Congregation for Humanistic Judaism.


For more information or to register, contact David Citrin, Coordinator, Jewish Engagement & Innovation at 203.487.0961 or at dcitrin@stamfordjcc.org.


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Israeli Film Series: The Oslo Diaries

A group of Israelis and Palestinians come together in Oslo for an unsanctioned peace talks during the 1990s in order to bring peace to the Middle East. Click HERE to view movie trailer. There will be a discussion following each film. Suggested