Quintet of Shofar blowers lead Rosh Hashanah celebrations in Woodford Green

PUBLISHED: 10:29 26 September 2017 | UPDATED: 10:29 26 September 2017

The first Rosh Hashanah Service at the East London & Essex Liberal Synagogue

The first Rosh Hashanah Service at the East London & Essex Liberal Synagogue


A quintet of Shofar blowers led Jewish New Year celebrations for the first time in their congregation’s history last week.

The central observance of Rosh Hashanah is the sounding of the shofar or ram’s horn, which represents the trumpet blast of a people’s coronation of their king.

It symbolises the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve and their first actions toward the realisation of mankind’s role in the world according to the Jewish faith. For the East London & Essex Liberal Synagogue, it was their first New Year service since merging on January 1 this year.

Last Thursday, Sir James Hawkey Hall, in Woodford Green, was filled with worshippers of all ages, prayer, song and much Shofar blowing to see in the Jewish New Year of 55778.

At the end of the service, attendees enjoyed Kiddush, a traditional blessing of wine and Chollah, along with homemade honey cake and apples dipped in honey to represent a sweet new year.

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