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Free, streaming Rosh Hashana services offered

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Free Rosh Hashana services will be conducted Monday at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood and in Beverly Hills while several congregations will stream their services marking the Jewish New Year.

The Laugh Factory service will begin at 11 a.m. Reservations can be made by calling 323-656-1336 but are not required.

This will be the 39th consecutive year the Laugh Factory has provided free High Holy Days services.

The JEM Center in Beverly Hills will have a traditional service at 10 a.m. and an evening service at 6:45 p.m. and another service at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Registration can be made by calling 310-772-0000 or online at www.jemcommunitycenter.com/events/high-holiday-services-2022-2022-09-26-10-00.

Stephen Wise Temple, a Reform congregation in Bel-Air, will stream a “tot service” at 9:30 a.m. and a kindergarten through sixth grade service at 10:30 a.m. at Facebook.com/WiseSchoolLA. Adult-focused services will be streamed at 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and 10 a.m. Tuesday at WiseLA.org/online/, Facebook.com/WiseLA and YouTube.com/WiseTempleLA.

A digital worship supplement is available at www.wisela.org/3d-flip- book/high-holy-days-2022-5783-supplement/.

Most congregations require membership and tickets for High Holy Days services.

Services marking the arrival of the year 5783 on the Hebrew calendar began Sunday night — the day begins at sundown on the Hebrew calendar — and will continue Monday and Tuesday. They feature the blowing of the shofar, a ram’s horn mentioned in the Torah and used by ancient Jews in religious ceremonies and as a call to arms — and now used at Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.

Jews are biblically commanded to hear the shofar during the High Holy Days.

Rosh Hashana is a time when Jews gather with family members and their communities to reflect on the past year and the one beginning. Celebrants also eat festive meals featuring apples dipped in honey, symbolic of the wishes for a sweet year.

Rosh Hashana ushers in the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of repentance and contemplation culminating in Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, Judaism’s most solemn and somber day.

During the High Holy Days, Jewish tradition holds that God records the fate of each person for the coming year in the Book of Life, which is sealed at the end of Yom Kippur.

“Rosh Hashana celebrates creation, when God, according to the Torah, looked out at the chaos unfolding in the world and decided to create a better one,” Rabbi Noah Farkas, the president and CEO of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, told City News Service.

“It’s this choice — to transform what is into what could be, that propels Jewish life.”

In his Rosh Hashana message, President Joe Biden said, “With the piercing sound of the shofar and the sweetness of apples dipped in honey, the Jewish New Year ushers in a sacred time of reflection, repentance, and renewal. A time to pause and look inward. During these Days of Awe, we have the opportunity to ask what kind of person we want to be and how we have measured up.”

In a video released on his Twitter account, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles’ first elected Jewish mayor, said, “Every year finds us, finds our souls, our communities our world somewhere between together and apart. That’s why I cherish the ritual time of the Days of Awe. It allows us to renew and to reflect, to return to the world.”

Bernard Cohn was acting mayor of Los Angeles from Nov. 21-Dec. 5, 1878, having been appointed by the Common Council to the position after the death of Frederick A. MacDougal.

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