Christian Americans have one. So do the Chinese, Muslims —— and the Jews. I am talking about New Years celebrations. While January 1st is the obviously date when most Americans and Europeans party and drink copious amounts of organic champagne and kiss under the wilting Christmas mistletoe, people from other faiths celebrate New Years a little differently, and at different times.
Come next Monday September the 29th, Jews around the world will be celebrating their New Years, Rosh Hashanah, marking 5769 years since the beginning of time —— or the advent of modern civilization, depending on one's belief. While tradition is tradition in Judaism (we've all seen Fiddler on the Roof, right?), Jews with a green conscious are looking to incorporate the environmental message into this year's celebrations.
If you're New York-based consider dipping your organic apples into locally-produced honey with Green High Holidays at 92YTribeca. Over the fold for more.
92YTribeca and Hazon invite their Jewish community members to participate in their "friendly, spiritual, eco-conscious Green High Holiday experience!"
Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year, and Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the Jewish calendar— marking two very special times of the year in Judaism. Drawing from many streams of Judaism, 92YTribeca and Hazon are hosting "interactive services" to embrace Jewish perspectives on improving and sustaining the environment. They will also present new insights into the longstanding Jewish liturgy and traditions.
During both services and holiday meals, goes the invite, "we have created many opportunities for you to connect with a young, engaging community and moments for self-reflection, meditation, and expression.
Start with Rosh Hashana prayers and dinner
Following the Rosh Hashanah services, the organizers invite you to a Rosh Hashanah dinner prepared from local, organic ingredients, including a special artisanal New York honey and apple tasting. Discover Judaism's take on the importance of eating locally, they write. "Learn about where your food comes from, and come away with the inspiration to create your own holiday recipes."
As part of the High Holiday season, Jews cast real or "pretend" crumbs from their pockets (tashlich), symbolizing the casting away of one's sins. This is in preparation for the Jewish day of judgment, Yom Kippur.
92YTribeca and Hazon, invite those interested to take part in the tashlich service at the Hudson River. The following day —— as part of Yom Kippur —— the group will be breaking the daylong fast with organic and local foods, including traditional Ashkenazi Jewish favorites such as bagels, lox, and blintzes. Fruits and other yummy treats too.
Follow the link for dates and times (and to order tickets. Hag Sameach (happy holidays) to all.