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Special Outdoor Rosh Hashanah Service Held In Elizabeth Park

Congregation Beth Israel of West Hartford hosts first-ever outdoor service to celebrate the new year.

Hundreds of people were on hand at Elizabeth Park on Wednesday for a special outdoor Rosh Hashanah service sponsored by the Congregation Beth Israel of West Hartford.

Rabbis Dena Shaffer and Michael Pincus blew the shofar to usher in the year 5774.

A shofar is a horn that is blown to announce the new year and is used as a symbol to awaken, Shaffer said.

Pincus said that Elizabeth Park was chosen for the outdoor service because Rosh Hashanah is a celebration of life and the park is a beautiful place that is full of life.

In addition to the blowing of the shofar, there were songs and readings.

Rosh Hashanah runs from sundown Wednesday to sundown Friday evening.

Check out the photo gallery for some of the scenes on Wednesday.
Lisa Maurin Berman September 04, 2013 at 10:01 PM
Beautiful service! What a wonderful evening...thanks for starting a wonderful New Year tradition!!!
Art Finkle September 05, 2013 at 11:33 AM
For full explanation of Shofar, its influence on prayer and its historical antecedents going back to the Temple sacrifices, go to: https://sites.google.com/site/shofarwebpage/ http://www.hearingshofar.com http://ShofarCorps.com

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