There is something in the air in Queens and it sure smells sweet. In less than week, Jewish famlies and friends around the world will be celebrating the Jewish New Year. Bakeries are working over time to bake enough Honey Cakes and round shaped Challahs to feed the thousands of Jews that will be welcoming a sweet New Year this very special and symbolic Jewish holiday.
On Rosh Hashana, the Jewish community attend Synagogue and pray for a good year to come. Following Rosh Hashana (which concludes Friday at sundown) there are eight days before the holiest day of the year, Yom Kippur, Friday, September 17-Saturday September 18, or Day of Repentence, is celebrated. The days from Rosh Hashana to Yom Kippur are referred to as the “days of awe”. It is a time when Jewish people seek out forgiveness for anything they may have done to hurt somebody elses feelings. This is of utmost importance and the custom of fasting on Yom Kippur brings that idea even closer. Even the sweetest friends will let you know that they are sorry for something.
If you are looking for more information about the history, meaning, and resources for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, there are some incredible and easy to use resources online. A couple of my favorite online resources for Jewish holidays include Chabad.org, OU.org, and .MyJewishLearning.com. Whether you are an Orthodox, Reform, or Conservative Jew, you will definitely find something very special about these holidays. If you would like to participate in a Jewish holiday service and are not sure where to go, please find Esti’s Rosh Hashana Round Up especially for you!
A site especially for the Queens Jewish Community, myqjc.org, has a list of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur services. Contact the Queens Jewish Center, located at
66-05 108 Street, Forest Hills, NY 11375, via phone 718-459-8432 or email: office@MyQJC.org .
Chabad of Northeast Queens has Jewish Holiday services for both Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Chabad Lubavitch of North East Queens is located at 212-12 26th Avenue, Bayside, NY 11360. You can reach them by phone and ask about their services at 718-279-1457.
NJOP.org, National Jewish Outreach Program, has a list of Jewish Holiday services in Manhattan as well as other cities around the US. These services are known as Beginner Services and you won’t get lost in the prayer book. You can also contact NJOP.org at 646-871-4444 or send them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The UJA Federation of New York is has a J-1-1 information and referral center that helps connect people during the holiday season by offering referrals for synagogues holding High Holiday services. Services are held in local synagogues, community centers, and churches in the five boroughs, Long Island, and Westchester. They have a nice list of synagogues in Queens at http://www.ujafedny.org/find-a-service#Queens. For a free and confidential referral, call 1.877.852.6951 or e-mail J11@ujafedny.org.
Time To Eat
If you are preparing a meal for your friends and family, check out some of these delicious Rosh Hashana recipes at koshereye.com. If you are going to be a guest at a friends home or your family, you won’t want to come empty handed. Check out the some great Rosh Hashana themed edible gifts from ediblegiftsplus.com, well designed and definitely delicious.
Esti blogs about dating, marriage, pregnancy, kosher cooking, and parenting after 35 at primetimeparenting.com.