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Rosh HaShanah (literally, “Head of the Year”) is the Jewish New Year, which marks the beginning of a 10-day period of prayer, self-examination and repentance. This period, known as the Yamim Noraim (Days of Awe or High Holy Days), is widely observed by Jews throughout the world, many with prayer and reflection in a synagogue. There also are several holiday rituals observed at home.

Rosh HaShanah is celebrated on the first day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei, which—because of differences in the solar and lunar calendar—corresponds to September or October on the secular calendar. Customs associated with the holiday include sounding the shofar, eating a round challah, and tasting apples and honey to represent a sweet New Year.

Celebrate at Temple shalom

Tickets are required to attend High Holy Days services at Temple Shalom. All Temple Shalom members receive tickets via mail or email.  If you are net yet a member, contact the office at 239-455-3030 or visit the membership page.

Unless otherwise noted, all services take place at Temple Shalom.
Live-streaming will be available for all services held in the Sanctuary.

Services include Erev Rosh HaShanah, Rosh HaShanah Day 1, Rosh HaShanah Day 2, and Memorial Services.

In 2024, Rosh HaShanah begins on the eve of October 2.

For service dates and times as well as all the current High Holy Days information, visit our High Holy Days page.

Celebrate at home

Special blessings for a sweet new year:

prayerbook with tallit and kippah

Pick up a slice of apple, dip it in honey, and say:

Hebrew Text
.בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ, אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, בּוֹרֵא פְּרִי הָעֵץ

Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, borei p’ri ha-eitz.


We praise You, Eternal God, Sovereign of the Universe, Creator of the fruit of the tree.

Then add:

Hebrew Text

יְהִי רָצוֹן מִלְּפָנֶךָ, יְיָ אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ וֵאלֹהֵי אֲבוֹתֵֽינוּ וְאִמּוֹתֵֽינוּ,
.שֶׁתְּחַדֵּשׁ עָלֵינוּ שָׁנָה טוֹבָה וּמְתוּקָה


Y’hi ratzon milfanecha, Adonai Eloheinu v’Elohei
avoteinu v’imoteinu, shetchadesh aleinu shanah tovah um’tukah.


May it be Your will, Eternal our God, that this be a good and sweet year for us.

Eat the apple dipped in honey.

square of bread pudding on a white plate with a fork

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  2. Apple and Honey Cake Bread Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce


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  2. Rosh HaShanah Noodle Kugel


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