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Lewisboro Jews Prepare to Celebrate Rosh Hashanah

SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – Beginning at sundown Wednesday Jews around the world will begin to celebrate the Jewish New Year known as Rosh Hashanah.  At the Jewish Family Congregation in South Salem, the four services offered throughout the two-day holiday are sold out.

“For security reasons, you won’t be able to get into the services if you don’t have a ticket,” said Rabbi Carla Freedman.  “If people want to attend the Yom Kippur service next week, they should call our business offices.”

Part of the religion’s High Holy days, Rosh Hashanah is a celebratory occasion. The liturgy is joyful and hopeful.

“It marks the beginning of the new year – 5772,” Freedman said. “That’s basically the time that has elapsed since creation.”

Freedman said what sets the services apart at the Jewish Family Congregation is its music.

“It’s what makes us distinct,” she said. “The music we have is led by Cantor Kerry Ben-David and we have an absolutely extraordinary choir. They produce a rich, warm sound and add enormously to our services.”

Another high point of the services, Freedman said, is the traditional sounding of the shofar – the ram’s horn.

“With the choreography that surrounds it, it can be quite dramatic,” she said.

The Jewish Family Congregation is relatively young. It began in South Salem 30 years ago and has been in its current building on Route 123 for 17 years. It boasts a large number of young families with young children and places an emphasis on education. The temple features a pre-school and a religious school for kindergarten through ninth grade and has several adult programs as well.

“Education is a lifelong project,” Freedman said.

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