Several institutions in the and area will host services and other observances next week in recognition of Rosh Hashanah. The festival begins at sundown on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012 and runs until Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012
Rosh Hashanah marks the start of the Jewish year, according to a guide from Chabad on Campus at Washington University in St. Louis.
"The anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, it is the birthday of mankind, highlighting the special relationship between G‑d and humanity," the guide states.
In conjunction with the two-day festival, people spend time in synagogues, listen to the sounding of a ram's horn (shofar) and reflect on personal wrongdoing and repentance from sin.
Other observances include candle-lighting and eating "a piece of apple dipped in honey to symbolize our desire for a sweet year."
St. Louis Hillel, which serves the Washington University area, offers extensive information about conservative and reform services, meals and other observances happening Monday and Tuesday on its website.
congregation in Richmond Heights will offer services throughout the festival to congregants. A complete High Holiday schedule is posted on its website.
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