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Shana Tova! Rosh HaShana starts Friday evening!


Dates of the High Holidays
  Tishrei 1 - 2  |  Sat.-Sun. Sept 19-20
  Tishrei 10  |  Mon. Sept 28
  Tishrei 15 - 21  |  Sat. to Fri. Oct 3-9
  Tishrei 22 - 23  |  Sat.-Sun. Oct 10-11

Note: holidays start on the evening before the secular date listed

8 Tips for an Amazing Rosh Hashanah at Home

If you are planning to spend Rosh Hashanah in isolation, here are some tips and reminders just for you:

1. Priority #1: Hear the Shofar (only on Sunday)

The shofar is typically sounded as part of the daytime Rosh Hashanah service (except on Shabbat). Even if you cannot attend communal services, you are still obligated to hear 30 blasts of the shofar.  We will have four blowings in the community at 2pm on Sunday:

  • Margate - main office, 3954 Persimmon Dr.
  • Comstock - swim club parking lot, 3955 Bradwater
  • Mantua Community Center - parking lot, 9330 Pentland Pl
  • The Lapidus Residence (front yard), one block SW of JCC, 4023 Elizabeth Lane

We will also blow the shofar at Tashlich, at OT, at 6:30 pm on Sunday


Request a House Call: If you are unable to attend any of those, contact Rabbi Deitsch, and see if you can make a private arrangement.


Toot Your Own Horn: Blowing shofar is not as hard as it may seem at first. If you have a shofar, brush up on the laws of shofar blowing, and be your own shofar-blower this Rosh Hashanah. Extra credit: Let your Jewish neighbors know in advance, so that they can open their windows and hear your shofar blasts as well.

Watch: How to Blow Shofar @ Home
Print: Shofar Blessings and Procedure (PDF)

2. Prepare to Be Your Own Cantor

If you are praying alone, you say the silent Shemona Esrei, and not the Chazzan’s repetition to the Amidah (silent prayer), but you should add a piyut or two (particularly the un'seneh tokef) which is at the end of Musaf.  If you do not have a machzor, contact the shul to borrow one!

Even without the benefit of a minyan, you should still read through the Torah reading of the day, and hearing the shofar is an absolute must.

And remember: G‑d is everywhere and hears our sincere prayers wherever we are. We can be sure that if we must stay home, that is exactly where He wants to hear us.

Brush up on the Rosh Hashanah prayers
Print: Machzor Companion for Rosh Hashanah (PDF)

3. Shop, Cook, and Bake Up a Storm

Rosh Hashanah meals are replete with symbolic and sweet delicacies. We eat raisin-studded round challah loaves at all our meals, and dip it into honey for added sweetness. On the first night, right after we break bread, we enjoy apples dipped in honey, pomegranate seeds, the head of a fish (or a ram), and other sweets like carrot tzimmes. On the second night, we make sure to have a “new” fruit, which we have not yet eaten this season, right after Kiddush.

You aren’t in the habit of making small quantities? Great. Pack up the surplus, and drop off your sweet surprise on the doorsteps of fellow quarantiners.

And when you eat your apple in honey, be sure to put an extra little oomph into your prayer that G‑d, “renew for us a good and sweet year.” He knows we can use it!

Get all your Rosh Hashanah recipes here

4. Make Lots of Pre-Holiday Calls

It’s customary to extend wishes for a shanah tovah (a good year) to friends, relatives and acquaintances. If you will not be seeing people during the holiday itself, call them on the phone in the preceding days to express your felicitations and to let them know that you will be thinking of them. Fill your social tank to the fullest, and use that fuel to propel you through to Havdalah.

Explore Various Rosh Hashanah Greetings

5. Print Out Essential Information Before the Holiday Begins

Having the information you need on hand is more important than ever on Shabbat and Jewish holidays, when we do not use technology. So make sure to print the Rosh Hashanah calendar, as well as the times for candle-lighting and havdalah while you can.

6. Light Yom Tov Candles

Before the onset of the holiday on Friday afternoon and once again after night has fallen on Saturday night (from a pre-existing flame), we light festive candles to usher in the holiday. Whether they will be overlooking a grand ballroom, or sitting on a table set for one, our holiday candles bring sacred light and a festive glow to our holiday dinners.

Print Out the Candle-Lighting Blessings Here

7. Hike to Tashlich

On the second day of Rosh Hashanah walk to a body of water and perform Tashlich, a short prayer in which we ask G‑d to “cast our sins into the sea.” Held outside and not requiring a minyan, this is the ultimate social-distancing ritual. If you can do so safely, take a leisurely stroll and enjoy waving to friends and acquaintances at the pond as well. If this cannot work for you, you may do tashlich at a later time, until Hoshanah Rabbah, the last day of Sukkot.  See below for information on our community Tashlich.

Get the Text of Tashlich Here

8. Say Lots of Psalms

In Chassidic tradition, every unoccupied minute of Rosh Hashanah is to be used for reading Psalms (Tehillim). With extra down time at home, you can make this the year that you say more Psalms than ever before, possibly even finishing the entire 150-chapter book.

High Holidays Service Schedule — Join Us!  

If you are able and comfortable — Join Us for Properly Socially Distanced Rosh HaShana Services

With Our Varied Offerings, We Have Something for You!

No experience necessary. Instructions and insights throughout. Hebrew English Prayer books. The perfect service for the whole family.

Important Notes:

  • All service times are approximate
  • You must reserve a spot on-line
  • We will have two main services running simultaneously: indoors (with limited seating) and outdoors, under an open air tent.  Everything will be appropriately socially distanced.
  • If you want to daven the full Rosh HaShana service, you will need to daven the parts before Yishtabach before you arrive at 9:00 am


Sweet Family Rosh Hashanah Program!

We have planned a special family and kids Short Track for approximately 40 minutes with traditional singing, stories, Shofar (on Sunday), and honey cake.  This service will be outdoors, mask required, and socially distanced. 

12:30 pm on the back deck


Alternative Adult Programing

Intro to Rosh HaShana for Adults


High Holidays should take you HIGHER: come explore and discuss insights into the Jewish new year and a selection of some of it's meaningful Holiday prayers- its personal relevance & depth.  

Join an Adult Discussion Group outside on the deck, led by Rabbi Sholom Simon.  Both mornings at 10:00am

Let's get energized and inspired for the new year ahead!

Community Shofar Blowings!

  • Margate - main office, 3954 Persimmon Dr.
  • Comstock - swim club parking lot, 3955 Bradwater
  • Mantua Community Center - parking lot, 9330 Pentland Pl
  • The Lapidus Residence (front yard), one block SW of JCC, 4023 Elizabeth Lane
  • At Tashlich (OT) at 6:30 pm



Meet at Chabad at 6:20pm as we walk to Olam Tikvah (or meet us at OT at 6:30)

-- Second day of Rosh HaShana — Sunday --

just behind the building at the entrance to Olam Tikvah

Message from the Rabbi

In addition to the many other ways this year’s High Holidays will be different, one thing that stands out to me is that on the first day of Rosh Hashanah we will not blow the shofar. Because it is Shabbat, the shofar is not sounded, and the last time that happened was 11 years ago.

The sages of the Talmud forbade blowing the shofar when it is Shabbat, for fear that it would lead to violating the laws of Shabbat (specifically the laws of carrying an object in a public domain).

Under normal circumstances, the mitzvah of blowing shofar should have overridden the concern of a potential Shabbat violation. Yet shofar is still suspended, because all the spiritual achievements that are accomplished through the blowing of shofar are fulfilled this year simply by Rosh Hashanah being on Shabbat. There is therefore no need to blow the shofar at all.

And since Rosh Hashanah is the head of the year, the entire year will be imbued with a sense of Shabbat, heightened spiritual awareness every day of year, which will lead to the ultimate Shabbat, the coming of Moshiach!

May you be inscribed and sealed for a good and sweet year!

Fast of Gedalia: Monday, September 21  

The 3rd of Tishrei, which falls on Monday, September 21 this year, is a fast day mourning the assassination of the Jewish royal Gedaliah ben Achikam, governor of the Land of Israel for a short period following the destruction of the First Temple. Gedaliah's killing spelled the end of the small remnant of a Jewish community that remained in the Holy Land after the destruction. They soon fled to Egypt. (According to many opinions, the assassination of Gedaliah actually occurred on Rosh Hashanah, but the commemoration of the event is postponed to the day after the festival).

Mourning the killing of Gedaliah (see "Today in Jewish History"), we abstain from food and drink from dawn to nightfall (5:32 am to 7:34 pm)

More on the Fast of Gedaliah

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Shabbat Times
Candle Lighting Times for
Shabbat/Holiday Candle Lighting:
Friday, Sep. 18
6:54 pm
Shabbat Ends / Second Day Holiday Begins:
Shabbat, Sep. 19
7:50 pm
Holiday Ends:
Sunday, Sep. 20
7:48 pm
Daily Thought
First Day

More than Rosh Hashanah is about the One Above, it is about us below.
He created the world. But we drive it to its destiny.

That is why it is called “the beginning of Your works”—even though it is not the anniversary of the creation of the universe, but of the human being. It is the true beginning, as all of time begins on this day.

Because on this day, more than any other, we are empowered to switch tracks, to transform our destiny and thereby the destiny of all of creation. Through us, the bitter darkness that shrouded truth and goodness can become a flaming torch of light.

All is defined by the destiny to which it leads. Even the past is redefined by the arrow of its future. The very existence of that time that held that past is re-created once it achieves its hidden destiny. A destiny that only you can reveal.

That is all that matters: What you do with your life right now.

Because today is the first day of your entire life, future and past.

Maamar Zeh Hayom 5742.
Daily Quote
When a person comes to a Rebbe and seeks his counsel and assistance in dealing with a spiritual malady, the Rebbe must first find the same blemish, if only in the most subtle of forms, in his own soul; only then can the Rebbe help him to refine and perfect his self and character. This is the deeper significance of that which our sages have said, "the faults of a generation rest with its heads and leaders."
— Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak of Lubavitch
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Rosh Hashanah Resources
Essential Rosh Hashanah Prayerbook
Printable Machzor Companion in Hebrew and English
By the Numbers
12 People Who Left Their Mark on Rosh Hashanah
Read about the heroes, sages, and ordinary people who have forever left their imprint on how we celebrate the Jewish New Year
Rosh Hashanah Reading
Rosh Hashanah and the Warping of Time
11 Reasons We Blow the Shofar on Rosh Hashanah
A very concise listing of the symbolism behind the mitzvah to hear the shofar blasts on Rosh Hashanah.
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The Jewish Calendar
  Wednesday Elul 27 | September 16
  Thursday Elul 28 | September 17
  Friday Elul 29 | September 18
  Shabbat Tishrei 1 | September 19
  Sunday Tishrei 2 | September 20
  Monday Tishrei 3 | September 21
  Tuesday Tishrei 4 | September 22
  Wednesday Tishrei 5 | September 23
  Thursday Tishrei 6 | September 24
  Friday Tishrei 7 | September 25
  Shabbat Tishrei 8 | September 26
The Parshah In A Nutshell

The greater part of the Torah reading of Haazinu (“Listen In”) consists of a 70-line “ song” delivered by Moses to the people of Israel on the last day of his earthly life.

Calling heaven and earth as witnesses, Moses exhorts the people, “ Remember the days of old / Consider the years of many generations / Ask your father, and he will recount it to you / Your elders, and they will tell you” how G‑d “found them in a desert land,” made them a people, chose them as His own, and bequeathed them a bountiful land. The song also warns against the pitfalls of plenty—“Yeshurun grew fat and kicked / You have grown fat, thick and rotund / He forsook G‑d who made him / And spurned the Rock of his salvation”—and the terrible calamities that would result, which Moses describes as G‑d “ hiding His face.” Yet in the end, he promises, G‑d will avenge the blood of His servants, and be reconciled with His people and land.

The Parshah concludes with G‑d’s instruction to Moses to ascend the summit of Mount Nebo, from which he will behold the Promised Land before dying on the mountain. “For you shall see the land opposite you; but you shall not go there, into the land which I give to the children of Israel.”