10 Rosh Hashanah 2022 Celebrations Taking Place in the DC Area – NBC4 Washington

Rosh Hashanah begins at sunset on Sunday and marks the beginning of the Jewish High Holy Days.

Here are the top things to know about one of the most important holidays in Judaism, plus observations and observances in the DC area.

When is Rosh Hashanah 2022?

Rosh Hashanah is celebrated on the first day of the month of Tishrei on the Hebrew calendar, which falls in September or October on the Gregorian calendar, the calendar in common use around the world.

Rosh Hashanah begins on Sunday, September 25, 2022 at sunset (7:00 PM EST). It ends after nightfall on Tuesday, September 27, 2022.

What is Rosh Hashanah?

Rosh Hashanah, which means “head of the year” in Hebrew, is the celebration of the Jewish New Year. During Rosh Hashanah, Jewish people around the world ask God’s forgiveness for mistakes they made in the past year and remind themselves not to repeat those mistakes in the coming year.

What do you say on Rosh Hashanah?

To send good wishes you can say “shana tova’, which means ‘good year’. You can also say “shana tova umtukah” to wish people a happy new year.

Rosh Hashanah Celebrations in Washington, DC Area

Rosh Hashanah celebrations include special foods, family celebrations, and special services in a temple or synagogue, where a hollowed-out ram’s horn called a shofar is blown.

There are many other events you can attend to celebrate in DC, Maryland, and Virginia, including:

  • Rosh Hashanah Family Jam (Saturday, September 24, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.): Kids under 10 and their families can get to know the holiday through music, exercise, crafts, and more. Participation is free; Register here.
  • Pre-Rosh Hashanah Pop-up in the Park (Sunday, September 25, 10-10:45 a.m., Stanton Park in Northeast DC): Stories, a shofar, and apples and honey sticks for kids hosted by Hill Havurah. Pre-register.
  • The blast! (Sunday, Sept. 25, 4-4:15 PM, Reformation at 212 East Capitol Street NE): Hill Havurah invites the Jewish community to welcome the holiday with shofar explosions across the city.
  • Rosh Hashanah under the stars 2022 (Sunday, September 25, 6-8:00 PM, Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, Maryland): Bring your own picnic dinner and blanket, then join a 6:00 PM service. Registration is required.
  • Shofar experience in Lincoln Park! (Monday, September 26, 5-5:30 PM, Lincoln Park in Northeast DC): See a shofar display plus songs, stories, and snacks, hosted by Chabad East DC.
  • Kayaking Tashlich + Lunch (Sunday, October 2, 9:45 AM, Fletcher’s Boathouse in DC): Enjoy time on the water and lunch at a local restaurant. You must register before September 28.
  • Founding Farmers will offer a High Holidays dinner menu at their locations in Potomac, Maryland, and Tysons and Reston, Virginia.
  • Sababa has a special dinner menu at their Cleveland Park restaurant.

Rosh Hashanah services in the RDW

Gather DC, a nonprofit that serves Jewish people in their twenties and thirties, has an extensive list of services here.

Some highlights are:

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