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Celebrating Rosh Hashanah 2012 in Naperville

Make this holiday special with these traditional recipes and share some of your favorites.

As the day drew to a close Sunday, the Jewish community rang in year 5773 as part of their celebration of Rosh Hashanah, or the Jewish New Year. The festivities will continue until nightfall on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

Rosh Hashanah, which means “head of the year,” signals the beginning of the High Holy Days. Yom Kippur, or Day of Atonement, marks the end, and together they are two of the holiest days for Jews.

In Naperville, there are a few synagogues hosting services:

  • Chabad Jewish Center, 1935 Brookdale Rd. 115, has services scheduled on Monday, Sept. 17 at 9:30 a.m. and Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Temple B'nai Israel, 400 N. Edgelawn Dr. in Aurora, has services scheduled on Monday, Sept. 17 at 9 a.m. as well as Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 9 a.m.

Like most New Year celebrations, Rosh Hashanah is a time of introspection and a time to bring about changes in the coming year. The traditional blowing of the shofar, or ram’s horn, during services on Rosh Hashanah marks a time to contemplate past mistakes and find ways to make things right.

On this day, as on Sabbath, Jews avoid work and spend the day with family. And where there’s a family gathering, can food be far behind? It’s no surprise that after services Jewish families tuck into an elaborate spread of traditional dishes.

The day begins with eating apples dipped in honey, in hopes that the new year will also be sweet. Another tradition is to bake challah, a round-shaped bread that is a symbol of the circle of life.

So, it's time to get into that festive mood! Patch has come up with some great recipes that will make your Rosh Hoshanah meal extra special this year.

Patch contributor Wendy Schapiro shared her family recipe for a mouth-watering, traditional meal complete with a side dish and dessert, route: {:controller=>"articles", :action=>"show", :id=>"rosh-hashanah-recipes-noodle-kugel-and-apple-crumble"} -->, and

Candy Clouston September 17, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Nothing at Congregation Beth Shalom?
vicki marks September 17, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Congregation Beth Shalom has a full schedule of services and activities - I don't know why it was not listed in the article! Go to www.napershalom.org to check it out!
Jill Kapson September 20, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Congregation Beth Shalom also has services for the high holy days. Additionally, the synagogue offers regular Friday night and Saturday morning Shabbat services. They're at 772 W. Fifth Ave. in Naperville. 630-961-1818. High holy day tickets ate still available.
Collin Czarnecki September 22, 2012 at 02:51 AM
Thank you Jill and Vicki for the information on Congregation Beth Shalom! -Collin

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