Rosh Hashanah

  • High Holidays Feature in Kenya, an Unorthodox Crowd Observes Orthodox Rosh Hashanah

    Rosh Hashanah here is a microcosm of the diversity of Jewish life in the Diaspora — with some African twists. The Nairobi Hebrew Congregation, which serves as the community center for about 300 people, hosted a diverse but small group for the holiday. There were Israeli diplomats, expatriate Israeli and American businessmen, Americans working for… More ▸

  • Rosh Hashanah in Kenya

    The diverse group of Jews who gathered in Nairobi, Kenya, to celebrate the Jewish new year last weekend did so without incident, thanks to checkpoints and guards who monitored a community accustomed to threats of terror and crime. More ▸

  • High Holidays Recipes Traditional Jewish Cooking Gets Touch of Regional Flavors

    I am settled on the sofa surrounded by gourmet magazines. Seeking something spectacular to serve on Rosh Hashanah, I am marking pages displaying apple salsa and honey-wasabi chicken. Part of me is happily creative, but another part wishes I had a file of food-stained family recipes. During the 1950s, my mother erased our Ashkenazi heritage,… More ▸

  • High Holidays Feature a Feast from Jewish Tunisia: It’s a Sensual Dream Come True

    Imagine a Rosh Hashanah table adorned with fruits and vegetables galore. Ruby red pomegranates beckon; their jellied seeds symbolize your good deeds in the coming year. A bowl of crunchy sesame seeds promises that your virtues will be as numerous as sesames seeds themselves. You partake in pumpkins and squash for protection; you nibble on… More ▸

  • Floyd Fails to Flood out High Holidays in Jewish Communities on East Coast

    Hurricane Floyd was certainly no picnic, but it wasn’t Noah’s flood, either. That’s the assessment as Jewish communities on the East Coast cleaned up from last week’s hurricane as they commemorated Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, and erected their booths to celebrate the upcoming holiday of Sukkot. “We had a little… More ▸

  • Mystical Tradition Draws Stars for Rosh Hashanah Observances

    More than 2,500 adherents of Kabbalah centers around the world joined in celebration of Rosh Hashanah this year in what is believed to be the largest public gathering of followers of the mystical Jewish tradition in the United States. Billed as the “Rosh Hashanah of the Millennium,” the observances at the Anaheim Hilton hotel in… More ▸