By Agrippina Fadel
Chabad Jewish Center of Tamarac invites residents to celebrate the High Holidays with special services and a four-course Rosh Hashanah dinner.
Rabbi Kopel Silberberg said the High Holidays are a beautiful time for the Jewish community. “For many, it brings back memories of family and tradition. Ultimately, we strive to make it a very meaningful time.”
Rosh Hashanah commemorates the world’s creation and marks the beginning of the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of introspection and repentance that culminates in the Yom Kippur — or the Day of Atonement.
The celebration at Chabad starts on Sunday, September 25, on Rosh Hashanah Eve, with evening services at 6:45 p.m., candle lighting at 6.56 p.m., and a delicious brisket community dinner at 7.30 p.m. The dinner costs $30 for adults and $18 for children, with several sponsorships and donation options available. RSVP and purchase tickets here.
Monday, September 26, and Tuesday, September 27, Chabad hosts morning services, Shofar Blowing, and special children’s services. Chabad also holds a special Shofar in the Park event at 6 p.m. on Monday, September 26, at Veteran’s Park on the corner of Southgate and University.
Rabbi Silberberg said Chabad started the park event during Covid to offer an outdoor experience — and it caught on.
“It is not a full service. We gather for 30 minutes, blow the shofar, do the Tashlich – prayer associated with water, which is why we do it by the canal and sing some Jewish songs. We try to get as much inspiration as possible in that half-hour for those who cannot or are uncomfortable going to regular services,” he added.
Rabbi Silberberg said that Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year, often called the “head of the year.” “We believe that just like the head controls the body, so does the way we act during the Rosh Hashanah affects the rest of the year,” he explained.
He added that the blowing of the shofar, a traditional trumpet made from a ram’s horn, is the essence of Rosh Hashanah and the most essential part of the celebration and the services. “That’s why we have it in both services and at the park later.”
“At Chabad, we try to create ways to celebrate that make everyone feel comfortable. We believe you don’t have to be affiliated or a member to come in and join us, be it the full services, Shofar at the Park, or the Rosh Hashanah dinner,” said Rabbi Silberberg, adding that although the prayers at the services are in Hebrew, there are English explanations and accompanying stories.
“The celebrations are open to anyone, and we would love to see the community join us during this High Holiday season,” he said.
Chabad Jewish Center of Tamarac is located at 8100 N. University Dr.
- Agrippina Fadel grew up in Siberia and received her master's in journalism from Tyumen State University. Agrippina is also a writer and editor at Draftsy.net. She has been a US resident for over ten years and speaks English and Russian.
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