With the return of school, students aren’t the only ones marking a new year.
Ottawa’s Jewish community will be celebrating Jewish New Year this week, with Rosh Hashanah beginning tomorrow at sundown.
The holiday, which marks one of the busiest times of year for synagogues, is rich with tradition, said Erica Bregman, event co-ordinator of Jewish Family Services.
They include the eating of apples and honey and the seeds of pomegranates to symbolize the multiplying of blessings.
Other traditions include blowing a Shofar, a ram’s horn, which signifies the awakening of a new year and visiting the graves of deceased relatives leading up to the holiday.
Jewish Family Services will be hosting its 10th annual free community meal in celebration of the Jewish New Year at Valley Stream Manor at 6:45 p.m. today.