With the pandemic preventing many from participating in a traditional synagogue service, Chabad of Shelton and Monroe took the service outdoors Sunday.
Rabbi Shneur Brook hosted an outdoor Rosh Hashanah service on the Huntington Green, that included prayers for the well being of all humanity — a key theme of Rosh Hashana.
The rite also includes blowing the ram’s horn — the Shofar — as part of the service.
“Chabad of Shelton has always prioritized making Judaism available to all,” Brook said. “During the COVID-19 pandemic, this has taken on a whole new meaning, but our mission to serve everyone remains the same.”
The 20-minute service included a short talk about the holiday and its meaning. While Brook said the outdoor service was not a substitute for the complete Rosh Hashana prayer service, which ordinarily is done in a synagogue, the holiday — the Jewish new year — begins the 10 days of awe culminating in Yom Kippur, the holiest of Jewish holidays, and should be celebrated at home if someone is not a member of a congregation.
For those not able to leave their home, Chabad is offering Rosh Hashana-at-Home kits that include a holiday guide, a Yizkor candle, and traditional Rosh Hashana treats including honey cake and honey sticks.