September 11, 1999
Amy R. Spurgeon NEWPORT MESA -- Hundreds of Jewish families gathered at sundown Friday to observe the beginning of Rosh Hashana -- the Jewish holiday that marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year. The 10 days that follow are called the Days of Awe and Jews around the world will spend time focusing on repentance, judgment and atonement. The High Holy Days are considered the second major cycle of festivals in the Jewish year and will end Sept. 20 with Yom Kippur.
September 27, 2008
The Bible teaches that when Joseph, the viceroy of Egypt, was faced with an abundance of grain, he knew from prophecy that the surplus would be followed by seven years of famine. When the famine struck, then, he staved off hunger by having his people farm all the cultivated land, with 80% of the crop going to them and the remaining 20% to the king. To Rabbi Marc Rubenstein of Temple Isaiah, that story has more than a little relevance in modern America, as the government intervenes to save the faltering economy.
September 13, 2007
When people ask Rabbi Mark Miller of Temple Bat Yahm if he’s ready for the High Holidays, he usually replies, “Are you ready?” The Jewish High Holy Days are a time of reflecting on the past year and atonement for one’s sins. It’s also a busy time of year for most rabbis, with numerous religious services to oversee. Miller said he tries to stay focused on the true meaning of the season. “For me, I’ve come to realize that time is fleeting,” Miller said.
September 26, 2003
Luis Pena For the past two years, the celebrations of the Jewish New Year have been unusually solemn. In 2001, Rosh Hashana, the two-day observance of the new year, came right after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. It was an unusually difficult occasion in Newport-Mesa synagogues. Last year, thoughts stay turned to the tumultuous year after the attacks. Tonight, as the sun sets and the celebration begins, thoughts will be turned toward global problems, including the war in Iraq and the continuing violence in Israel, said Rabbi Marc Rubenstein of Temple Isaiah in Newport Beach.
October 4, 2005
When the sound of the shofar reverberates through the synagogue today, it's time to ring in the year 5766. Rosh Hashana, the holiday that signifies the start of the Jewish New Year, began Monday night and continues today with services and the traditional blowing of the ram's horn, called the shofar. The High Holy Days are the most important time on the Jewish calendar. They include Rosh Hashana and the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, which is Oct. 12. It's a time of quiet introspection, when Jews across the world contemplate the past year and atone for their sins.
September 30, 2008
Following afternoon prayers Tuesday, members of the congregation of Temple Isaiah in Newport Beach walked out to a grassy area next to the Back Bay and released multicolored balloons into the air in celebration of Tashlich, the first day of Rosh Hashana. The ceremony is the creation of Rabbi Marc Rubenstein, who came up with it as a substitute for the typical Tashlich ritual of throwing bread crumbs into an ocean or lake. For Jews, the ritual is a symbol for casting off one’s sins, much like confession in the Roman Catholic Church.
September 15, 2001
Young Chang Though Rosh Hashana celebrates God's creation of the world, though it's a time for people to greet each other with apples and honey in hopes of a good and sweet year, Rabbi Mark Miller admits it'll be a solemn celebration. "It's going to be especially difficult to talk about sweetness with the taste of ashes in our mouth," the Temple Bat Yahm rabbi said. "Yet the High Holy Days summon us to look toward the future with renewed confidence, trust, faith, hope, perseverance and determination."
August 31, 2002
SPECIAL EVENTS DAYS OF AWE SERVICE Temple Bat Yahm will present a service in preparation for the Days of Awe, marked by S'lichot, at 8 p.m. today at 1011 Camelback St., Newport Beach. (949) 644-1999. S'LICHOT EVENING Temple Isaiah of Newport Beach will hold its S'lichot evening and open house at 8 p.m. today at 2401 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. (949) 548-6900. PRAYER MEETING The Second Church of Christ, Scientist will hold a noon prayer meeting for an hour for the "protection, growth and guidance" of children on Wednesday at 3100 Pacific View Drive, Corona del Mar. Free.
September 7, 2002
SPECIAL EVENTS BIBLE 101 The Rev. Jim Turrell will teach about the structure and composition of the Bible for four weeks at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at the Center for Spiritual Discovery, 2850 Mesa Verde Drive East, Costa Mesa. A "love offering" is suggested. (714) 754-7399. HIGH HOLY DAYS SERVICES Temple Bat Yahm will present Rosh Hashana services at 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. today . Yom Kippur services will be held at 8 p.m. Sept. 15 and several services beginning at 9 a.m. Sept.
September 26, 2008
Chabad Jewish Center will host free services next week for Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. The services are geared toward the thousands of unaffiliated Jewish families in Orange County, said Rabbi Reuven Mintz. “Many families don’t attend services because the Synagogue environment is foreign to them,” Mintz said in a written statement. “There is a need to reach out and ensure that they too participate in services on these holiest of days of the Jewish year.