Jews around the world are celebrating Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year holiday, which officially started at sundown Friday evening.
This year, congregations are celebrating virtually, in compliance with public heath orders that aim to stop the spread of COVID-19 by prohibiting large gatherings. But this has led to some very creative additions to the holiday.
For example, starting at 3:00 p.m. today, the Jewish Federation in partnership with IKAR, a Los Angeles-based spiritual community, has organized a “Shofar Wave,” with synagogues around the city blowing the holiday shofar in sequence like a wave around the region.
The communal concert will start with the first set of tekiot (shofar blasts) from Pasadena and, upon completion, will set off another and another, culminating in final blasts in Thousand Oaks at 3:50 p.m.
The shofar serves as a symbol of hope and renewal, explains the Federation on its website, and the Shofar Wave as an extension of that symbol, “is a strong show of our unity and our resilience in the face of adversity.” The federation invites Jews to join in this symbolic gesture of pride and togetherness at this unique time of isolation. Locally, Wilshire Blvd Temple on Wilshire Blvd. will be sounding its shofar at 3:10 p.m., followed by Temple Israel of Hollywood at 3:20 p.m. Visit the Federation website for more information in participating synagogues.