ST. GEORGE — With the High Holidays approaching amid a concerning uptick in Covid cases, Chabad of Southern Utah will be hosting Rosh Hashanah services and a lavish community dinner on Monday, Sept. 6 at 7PM, and Services on Tuesday, Sept. 7 at 10 AM followed by lunch with a focus on an inspirational and safe, in-person gathering for the local Jewish community after more than a year in isolation. Indoor synagogue services will be held for all those vaccinated, and outdoor shofar blowing event will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 8 at 5 PM to ensure that every member of the Jewish community is able to safely mark the Jewish new year.
Chabad of Southern Utah is preparing for record attendance as many in the Jewish community have expressed excitement to once again join in-person High Holiday services at synagogue.
The service, which will include prayers for the wellbeing of all humanity—a key theme of Rosh Hashanah—will also be centered around hearing the sound of the Shofar, the central observance of the holiday.
Chabad-Lubavitch—with more than 1,100 centers, the largest network of synagogues in the United States—are hosting safe, in-person High Holiday services, many of them outdoors. These services, offered free of charge, can be found in the world’s largest directory of High Holidays services at JewishSU.com/HighHolidayService.
Millions of Jews from across the spectrum of Jewish practice and affiliation attend Chabad-Lubavitch’s programs and services. According to the Pew Research Center’s 2020 Portrait of Jewish Americans, two-in-five Jewish adults, some 38% of American Jews or 2.2 million people, report having some interaction with Chabad. Chabad-Lubavitch is the largest Jewish organization in the world, with 3,500 educational, religious and social service institutions in more than 100 countries and territories.
Chabad of Southern Utah also creates accessibility by nurturing a welcoming and nonjudgmental atmosphere and ensuring affordability, with no expectation of membership. This year, they’ve gone a step further to ensure that the ongoing Covid concerns St. George faces are not an impediment to holiday observance.
“The Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, the most influential rabbi in modern history, insisted that the observance of hearing the Shofar—the key observance of Rosh Hashanah—be made available to all Jews—including those unable to be at synagogue,” Rabbi Cohen explained. “Chabad of Southern Utah has always prioritized making Judaism accessible to all. That’s also why we’re offering multiple options to accommodate everyone in the community this Rosh Hashanah.”
In addition to the synagogue service and community dinner held at the Ramada Hotel, Chabad of Southern Utah will also be meeting the needs of those who can’t make it with a short Shofar in the park outdoor service focused on the shofar observance.
“Our goal is to ensure that each and every Jewish person has access to the means to celebrate and usher in the New Year meaningfully and with joy,” said Chaya Cohen. “This year, that means welcoming everyone, who can come, to the synagogue by offering covid-safe services.”
“While Chabad of Southern Utah has made great efforts to ensure we were able to celebrate at home during the pandemic, I’m excited to finally be able to come to synagogue once again,” said Catherine . “With vaccines readily available, we’re excited to safely gather with our friends and family at the Ramada Hotel during the High Holidays this year.”
About Chabad of Southern Utah
Chabad of Southern Utah offers Jewish education, outreach and social-service programming for families and individuals of all ages, backgrounds and affiliations. For more information visit www.JewishSU.com
About Rosh Hashanah
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, begins this year at sundown on Monday, Sept. 6 and continues through nightfall on September 8. Literally meaning “head of the year,” the two-day holiday commemorates the creation of the world and marks the beginning of the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of introspection and repentance that culminates in the Yom Kippur holiday. For more information about Rosh Hashanah, visit www.JewishSU.com/HighHolidays
About the Shofar
The shofar is the central symbol of Rosh Hashanah, which is celebrated near the beginning of each fall. Synagogues blast the shofar every day for a month leading up to the holiday, culminating with a sequence of 100 blasts during the Rosh Hashanah services, which take place this year on September 7th and 8th. The cry of the shofar is a call to repentance as Jews look back at misdeeds of the past year and resolve to improve in the coming one. From more on the shofar, visit www.JewishSU.com/Shofar