PRAYER TO BE HEARD – Rabbi Moshi Shapiro recently blew the shofar (ram’s horn) during Weehawken’s 9/11 memorial service. In the Jewish faith, this act is a call to God to allow prayers into heaven. The shofar is also traditionally blown for Rosh Hashana, which began Sunday evening.
HUDSON COUNTY -- The Jewish new year, Rosh Hashana, began Sunday evening, Sept. 16, at sundown, continuing until the evening of Tuesday the 18th. It is the first of the Jewish high holy days, which also include Yom Kippur, the day of atonement, which begins at sundown on Tuesday, Sept. 25.
Some school districts are closed for the holidays, including Hoboken, which this year has Monday the 17th off for Rosh Hashana and Tuesday the 26th for Yom Kippur. Hoboken did not have a day off last year for Yom Kippur, one of the holiest days on the Jewish calendar.
The discussion of the days off spurred a minor controversy at the Hoboken Board of Education meeting in March, with one board member asking if the district should also be closed for St. Patrick's Day. Read about that issue in the sidebar at the end of this story.