Rosh HaShanah Service & Dinner

  • September 16, 2012 · 6:15 PM
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It may not be Christmas, but we can still eat Chinese food, right?

Yes, you read that correctly - we are going to have erev Rosh HaShanah service and dinner at a Chinese restaurant!

The Jewish New Year, 5773, starts on September 16th at sundown.

We will have our own service in our own "private" room to start Rosh HaShanah and the new year from 6:15 until 7:30 or shortly thereafter - please, if you are coming for the Rosh HaShanah service, aim to arrive between 6 and 6:15pm - please try to not allow yourself to arrive after 6:30pm, as we will start the service by then for sure, and we do not want you to miss out on part of the service and it is rude to enter in the middle of a service.

It will be a relatively traditional erev Rosh HaShanah service with shofar blowing and all, filled with meaning and explanation as well.

Then, after the service, we will have our Rosh HaShanah dinner (Chinese dinner as you choose to order along with challah, apples, and honey - honey from dates not from bees, as date honey, cilan, is the actual ancient tradition) from 7:30pm-ish onward

If you are not yet a paid member of the VeJEWtarian group, then please pay your annual $18 membership before the 16th.  For VeJEWtarian members, the service will cost (not including what you choose to order for your dinner) $10 if paid in advance and $20 if paid on the 16th.

It will be up to the guests to pay for what they order.  

FYI, the 16th (at 9:20pm) also starts a new year in the life of your VeJEWtarian leader, Andy Mars, and this dinner will also serve as his birthday dinner.  No gifts, though, please.  The presents of your presence will be more than enough.  If, though, you are wanting to do something for Andy, then instead of spending money on something he does not need, contributions to his START (Students Taking Action & Responsibility Today) or Mars Academy 501c3 NonProfit organizations would be most welcome and appreciated.

Hoping to welcome the new year with you.

L'Shanah Tovah!



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  • ellen g.

    The evening was happy and fun...thank you Andy for making this possible

    September 16, 2012

  • eric

    I've never been comfortable with the shofar - what animal did the shofar come from? what was the animal's life like? what was the animal's death like? My understanding is that the origin-animal need not be ritually slaughtered - but as a vegan, I don't use any animal materials in my daily or ritualistic life. Other people's thoughts?

    September 16, 2012

    • Andy

      A shofar is only considered kosher and able to be used if it was found on the ground fallen naturally from an animal and not having been taken from it. That is why they are so expensive.

      September 16, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Andy, that explanation sounded very interesting to me so I Googled it. i didn't find anything about that. I did find links however about how shofars are coming from animal growers in Africa.­­

      September 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    My wife and I might go but it depends if my family is already hosting a dinner or not.

    September 2, 2012

  • Andy

    The shofar is like an alarm clock - It is time for us to wake up -
    Rosh HaShanah is to be observed in serious reflection -
    We reflect on what we did -
    We ponder what we should do -
    We commit to what we will do - To each other, we say "L'Shanah Tovah" -
    Oft' misunderstood to mean "Happy New Year,"
    It actually means "To a Good Year" -
    Judaism teaches that being "good" is of higher priority - If we focus first on being good,
    That will lead us to be happy -
    If we focus first on being happy,
    That will not necessarily lead us to be good - Hear the shofar, as we begin a new year -
    What you do makes a difference -
    You make a difference -
    To a truly "good" year -

    September 2, 2012

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