Rosh Hashanah

Reasons for newsy New Year

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 6, 2016

Rosh Hashanah in Israel is traditionally a break from political news. This year, however, the hiatus ended early with reports on Tuesday morning that negotiations between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and leader of the Zionist Union, Isaac Herzog, on a coalition deal, were close to completion. Mr Herzog, in shul at the time Twitter began buzzing with the news, was caught unprepared.


Israelis try New Year services

By Nathan Jeffay, October 6, 2016

Thousands of non-Orthodox Israelis tried a new experience this week: attending a Rosh Hashanah service.

While the non-observant in the UK commonly attend synagogue "three times a year", in Israel it is only Yom Kippur - and not the two days of Rosh Hashanah - that pulls in large crowds.


Party leaders send their new year greetings

By Marcus Dysch, September 29, 2016

Britain's political leaders have issued goodwill messages to the Jewish community for the new year.

Theresa May, marking her first Rosh Hashanah as Prime Minister, wished the community and Jews around the world "a very happy and peaceful new year".


Rosh Hashtag: New Year gets a digital twist

By Lucy Cohen Blatter, September 22, 2016

The New york-based Jewish cultural centre 92Y is using social media to call for a day of global reflection on September 29, ahead of the High Holy Days, and has created the hashtag #NewYearPrayer to spread its message.


WATCH: University Jewish Chaplaincy’s Rabbi Mordechai Zeller sounds the Shofar in Cambridge

September 19, 2016

New Jewish chaplaincy couple Rabbi Mordechai Zeller and his wife, Lea Taragin Zeller, have been making their presence known in Cambridge where Rabbi Zeller has been blowing the Shofar in the heart of the city.


WATCH: Happy New Year from Israel's Technion University

By Sandy Rashty, September 7, 2015
Israel's Institute of Technology has marked the Jewish New Year with a new piece of technology - one that picks a pomegranate from a tree, before going on to deliver apples and honey to the public research university's president. Shana Tova!


First it was a Pesach marathon. Now it's Rosh Hashanah

By Josh Jackman, July 30, 2015

Conspiracy theorists might be tempted to think that the London Marathon organisers have it in for Jews.

Earlier this year the date of the 2016 race was confirmed as the second day of Pesach, denying observant runners the chance to take part - and Jewish charities the money they would raise.


Inspection postponed

October 2, 2014

An Ofsted inspector turned up unannounced at a Jewish primary school in London last week - on the afternoon of the eve of Rosh Hashanah.

The independent Nancy Reuben Primary School, a Sephardi school in Hendon, was the latest school to receive a snap visit from the education watchdog.


All About That... Rosh Hashana!

September 24, 2014
In this clip, Matthew Rissien performs a new year version of All About That Bass, by Meghan Trainor.