Article 21 September 2022

L’shanah tovah – Celebrating Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year – a two-day celebration of one of the holiest days of the Jewish faith. It’s the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, and their first actions for the creation of the world. This year, it takes place between sunset on 25 September and nightfall on 27 September. 

What do people do to celebrate? 

Rosh Hashanah observances include special foods, traditions and mitzvahs, or commandments, and celebrations can vary from family to family. Many people attend services at a temple or synagogue, where a special service is held with messages of hope and atonement in the new year. Rosh Hashanah customs include sounding the shofar (a hollowed-out ram’s horn), as prescribed in the Torah (the main reference of the religious Judaic tradition).  

How can I support my Jewish colleagues? 

Wish them a happy new year – “L’shanah tovah” (for a good year). Why not mark the event with your teams by eating apples dipped in honey with colleagues? This is a Jewish tradition that symbolises hope for a sweet year ahead.  

What support is available for colleagues celebrating Rosh Hashanah? 

Jewish colleagues may choose not to work on Rosh Hashanah and instead spend the day at the synagogue. If you’re celebrating Rosh Hashanah, talk to your Line Manager about taking time off.