Greenburgh Hebrew Center Readies For Rosh Hashanah

Published: Friday, September 14, 2012 By: Samantha Kramer Source: rivertowns.dailyvoice.com

Rabbi Barry Kenter

Rabbi Barry Kenter of the Greenburgh Hebrew Center in Dobbs Ferry will lead activities and prayer services for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year.
Photo credit: Rabbi Barry Kenter

GREENBURGH, N.Y. The Greenburgh Hebrew Center in Dobbs Ferry will have special services and events for Rosh Hashanah, which begins at sundown Sunday.

Rabbi Barry Kenter said daylong services Monday and Tuesday are meant to help the community connect more deeply and spiritually with God.

"Rosh Hashanah means we must confront our shortcomings and our failings during the last year, and to strive to do better in the next year," Kenter said.

The Greenburgh Hebrew Center, 515 Broadway in Dobbs Ferry, will hold services Monday and Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for games and interactive prayer sessions with children and teens.

With many schools closed for the holiday, Greenburgh Hebrew Center's activities for children on Monday and Tuesday will give children the opportunity to honor the Jewish holiday, Kenter said.

Events will include symbolic Rosh Hashanah traditions like sounding a horn called the shofar, eating a round loaf of bread instead of the regular braided bread and eating apples dipped in honey to signify an upcoming sweet year.

"The Jewish new year is the beginning of 10 days of introspection and reflection," Kenter said. "We apologize for those we've hurt, and accept apologies to those who ask for forgiveness."

At 4:30 p.m. Monday the Greenburgh Hebrew Center congregation will head down to Dobbs Ferry Waterfront Park to celebrate the tashlikh, which is the symbolic casting away of sins. Additional activities like relay races and games will also be held at the park.

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