Anniversaries & holidays


Rosh Hashanah 5778 – Jewish New Year

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Soon, the Jewish year 5778 will begin. The Rosh Hashanah holiday, or the Jewish New Year, falls on the first and second day of the Jewish month Tishri. In the Gregorian calendar, Rosh Hashanah begins in the evening of 20 September and lasts until the evening of 22 September.

We invite you to celebrate the Jewish New Year with us, and to participate in special events that we have planned for the occasion:

  • 24 September 2017, 11AM – Rosh Hashanah – creation of the world – a family workshop (PLN 30), TICKETS >>
  • 24 September 2017, 2.30 PM - Rosh Hashanah – a holiday family walk (PLN 35/PLN 25), TICKETS >>

Rosh Hashanah (hebr. השנה ראש), the New Year, Yom Teru’ah (hebr. תְּרוּעָה יוֹם, day of blowing [the horn]) is the first day of the Jewish calendar. It commemorates the completion of God’s creation of the world, especially the sixth day when God created a man. The holiday lasts for two days both in Israel and in the diaspora. It marks the beginning of a period of ten days called Yamim Nora’im (the Days of Awe), which ends on Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement).

On that day, the penitent Jews stand in front of God, awaiting his forgiveness and mercy. The typical greeting on Rosh Hashanah goes: “May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year.” The Mussaf prayers are recited in synagogues, and the shofar (horn) is blown during several intervals in the prayer service–hence the name, Yom Teru’ah. 

The traditional food consumed on Rosh Hashanah are, i.a., the head of fish (or, rarely sheep ), bread and apple dipped in honey, or a pomegranate.