Jewish High Holiday services to be held in Shelton and Trumbull

Rabbi Shneur Brook, of the Chabad Jewish Community in Shelton, gives a service.

SHELTON, CT — Rabbi Shneur Brook, of the Chabad Jewish Community in Shelton, welcomes the public to a brief 15-minute Rosh Hashanah ceremony that includes the primary observances of the holiday.

Behold, the “Shofar in the park & Tashlich service” will be held at the Huntington Green in Shelton on Sept. 26, from 5 to 5:15 p.m. It is free to attend.

The sounding of the shofar is the central mitzvah of Rosh Hashana. Typically, it is part of the Rosh Hashanah synagogue services. However, if for any reason one did not attend services, the shofar sounding can be fulfilled throughout the day of Rosh Hashana. The mitzvah of shofar also contains many deep and inspiring messages for us to reflect upon, according to Rabbi Brook.

“According to Jewish tradition the gates of heaven are open on the New Year, and God accepts prayers from everyone,” said Rabbi Brook. “That served as our inspiration to create Rosh Hashanah opportunities for everyone in the community.”

“The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, insisted that Judaism be made accessible to all Jews, Rabbi Brook explained. During the High Holiday period, accessibility can mean different things to different people. For some it means shorter, more user-friendly services, for others, it means a nonjudgmental atmosphere, while for still others accessibility means affordability and no expectation of membership or affiliation. Our goal is to lower the barriers of entry, and to encourage each and every Jewish person to actively participate in the observances of Rosh Hashana”.

Additionally, traditional Rosh Hashana services will be hosted at the Chabad of Shelton. For information and to RSVP, visit

Rosh Hashanah begins this year at sundown on Sunday, Sept. 25, and extends until nightfall on Tuesday, September 27.

For information, visit, contact Chabad at 203-364-4149 or e-mail [email protected].

High Holiday Services

Congregation Mishkan Israel, 77 Mount Pleasant Drive in Trumbull, invites the public to attend Jewish High Holiday services celebrating Rosh Hashanah from Sept. 25-27 and Yom Kippur on Oct. 4 and 5.

The services are free to attend, though reservations are required. Call 203-268-0740 or send an email to [email protected].

Rosh Hashanah celebrates the Jewish New Year starting on Sunday night, Sept. 25, with services at 7:15 p.m. and continues Monday, Sept. 26, with morning services at 10 a.m., followed by a Shofar service at noon, Kiddush at 2 p.m., Mincha at 3 p.m., Tashlich services at 3:30 p.m., evening services at 7:30 p.m, and a holiday candle-lighting at 7:30 p.m.

The second day, Tuesday, Sept. 27, morning services start at 10 a.m. followed by Shofar service at noon, Kiddush at 2 p.m. and Havdalah at 7:30 p.m.

Yom Kippur starts at Oct. 4, Tuesday evening, with a candle-lighting and fasting at 6:10 p.m. and a Kol Nidre service at 6:30 p.m.

Morning services will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 10 a.m. followed by a Yizkor Memorial service at noon, a Mincha/Neilah afternoon service at 5 p.m., and a Havdalah end-of-fast at 7:15 p.m.

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