SHELTON, CT — With just a few days before the outset of the Jewish New Year, the question of where to attend services is high on the list for many Jewish families and singles. Recognizing the often high price tag attached to the experience, Chabad Jewish Center of Shelton & Monroe is offering their friendly and welcoming services for individuals of all ages in the broader Shelton Jewish community.
While some may not be affiliated with a synagogue, others may find the cost to attend unaffordable, particularly in light of today’s economy. While donations of any kind are greatly appreciated and allow the different functions to happen, Chabad is dedicated to removing entry barriers and ensuring that all who wish to participate in a meaningful celebration of the Jewish New Year may do so.
“Services are designed to make everyone feel welcome and at home,” said Rabbi Shneur Brook. “The prayers are lively, engaging and inclusive – spiced with explanations and stories. Absorb the experience at your own level, regardless of background, in a non-judgmental atmosphere.”
In addition to the synagogue service held at the Chabad Jewish Center, as done in past years and is a real crowd favorite, There will be a brief, open-to-all, “Shofar and Tashlich at the park” a short outdoor service that includes the primary observances of the holiday. The Community Tashlich and Shofar Service will take place at Shelton’s Huntington Green on Sunday Sept. 17, at 4 p.m.
The central observance of Rosh Hashanah is the sounding of the shofar, the ram’s horn which is sounded on both days of Rosh Hashanah (except when it falls on Saturday).
Tashlich is a practice rich in symbolic and mystical meaning. A brief prayer is recited near a body of water, preferably containing live fish; in which we express our prayerful hope that G‑d cast our indiscretions into the depths of the sea, and that we be granted a good and sweet new year filled with G‑d’s abundant and manifest blessings.
“Our goal is to ensure that each and every Jewish person has access to the means to celebrate and usher in the New Year meaningfully and with joy,” said Rabbi Shneur Brook.
For more information about Chabad Jewish Center of Shelton’s services or to reserve a space, visit JewishShelton.com.com/hh or call 203-364-4149.