LA Synagogues Join Together For Rosh Hashanah 'Shofar Wave' Event


Despite social distancing restrictions amid COVID-19, in celebration of the Rosh Hashanah shofar blowers from synagogues across the city will join together for the Shofar Wave event. 

In the days before clocks, the shofar (a ram's-horn trumpet used by ancient Jews in religious ceremonies and battles) was used to tell the community that the fast was finally over and it was ok to eat.

"This wave is a strong show of our unity — and our resilience in the face of adversity. Join us in leading our community in a feeling of pride and togetherness at this unique time of isolation," the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles wrote on their website. 

Shofar Wave will start at 3:00 PM on Sunday, September, 20, the second day of Rosh Hashanah, with the first set of tekiot (shofar blasts) from Pasadena and, upon completion, will set off another and another, culminating in final blasts in Thousand Oaks at 3:50 PM.

CLICK HERE to see a list of participating synagogues and locations around the city.

Participants are encouraged to take pictures or videos and share on social media using #shofarwave.

The world-famous Laugh Factory Hollywood will host free livestreaming of the High Holy Days services, marking the 37th consecutive year that they have provided services to the community. 

Due to Covid-19 the hold services via a livestream format, particularly for people in quarantine, in hospitals such as Cedars-Sinai and Kaiser Permanente, in retirement homes, and to people at home across the globe. Services will be conducted in the Conservative/Reform tradition and in accordance with CDC guidelines. 

Laugh Factory free livestreamed High Holy Days services will include:

•       1st Rosh Hashanah morning, 11 AM PDT, Saturday, Sept. 19th

•       Kol Nidre, 6 PM PDT, Sunday, Sept. 27th

•       Yom Kippur Morning, 11 AM PDT, Monday, Sept 28th

•       Neilah, 6 PM PDT, Monday, Sept. 28th

•       Instagram: laughfactoryhw

•       Facebook: @LaughFactoryHW

•       YouTube: Laugh Factory

In October of 2018, the unthinkable happened at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  

Eleven people were killed in the 2018 shooting, according to an AP story from that time. Seven others were wounded.

It was the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history.

But as Jewish people have always done in the face of adversity, they pressed on, they rebuilt and they survived. Today, Tree of Life is preparing to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, during a pandemic - yet another challenge to overcome.

Almost two years after the attack, Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, the congregation leader at the Tree of Life Synagogue, joined KNX In-Depth Thursday afternoon.