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Celebrate Rosh Hashanah with a basket and cards

August 7, 2013

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The Rockford Chapter of Hadassah is taking orders for Rosh Hashanah baskets. Rosh Hashanah, the start of the Jewish year begins at sundown Wednesday, Sept. 4.

The theme of the baskets is in keeping with the hope for a “sweet” new year. Each basket will include a round challah (a Jewish bread) and honey cake (for a sweet new year), a bottle of Manischewitz wine or grape juice, a bottle of honey and apples. Tradition is to dip apple slices in the honey, in hopes of a wonderful “sweet” year.

The group will also be selling beautiful Rosh Hashanah cards for $1 each. The cards can be purchased at Temple Beth-El, 1203 Comanche Drive in Rockford (just east of Alpine and on Guilford Road). The Temple office is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday.

This is one of the most important holy days of the Jewish year,” said Temple Beth-El Rabbi Binah Wing, a Hadassah Life member. “It begins an intense period of reflection and self-examination that concludes 10 days later with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, which is a day of fasting and prayer. On Rosh Hashanah, we hear the sound of the Shofar (ram’s horn) to celebrate the arrival of another year and awaken our souls towards self-improvement.”

Hadassah is delighted to offer these baskets to help members of the Jewish community and their friends celebrate the holiday,” said Ronit Golan.

Golan is president of the local group, which is a women’s organization that hosts monthly meetings and the popular “Lox Box” event on Super Bowl Sunday.

Proceeds from Hadassah projects help fund projects both in the United States and Israel, including the renowned Hadassah University Hospital, which has come up with many cutting-edge medical discoveries in fields as wide-ranging as emergency medicine to cancer treatment.

Baskets are $25 each and can be ordered by contacting Tina Sievers, chairman, by e-mail at tsievers1956@yahoo.com or (815) 742-4537. This year, the group is also offering delivery of the baskets for a $5 fee. “We will deliver your basket, along with a Rosh Hashanah card within the Greater Rockford area (including Belvidere, Roscoe, Rockton and South Beloit,” Sievers said.

The deadline for ordering baskets is Aug. 10.

Posted Aug. 7, 2013

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