Blast into the High Holidays

Date(s) - Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - Thursday, September 17, 2020
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Tifereth Israel Congregation


Why wait for Rosh Hashanah? Shofar blowing is coming to your neighborhood bright and early!

In Jewish tradition, the shofar (ram’s horn) is heard every day (except Shabbat) for a full month before Rosh Hashanah (New Year’s Day). Hearing the blasts is a wake-up call. It is to rouse us towards making positive change in our lives.

This year, Tifereth Israel Congregation will send expert shofar blowers to Shepherd Park, Takoma, Silver Spring, and further afield so that all can take part in this beautiful custom.

The brainchild of Tifereth Israel’s new rabbi, Michael Werbow, “Blast into the High Holidays” will help bring local Jews together—while prudently distanced—at a time when many are longing for community. Rabbi Werbow and the shofar team hope that hearing the first calls of the shofar will inspire area Jews to reflect, repent, and rejoice in this season of renewal.

Adults and children are welcome to come and hear the shofar blown and meet members of the Tifereth Israel community at the places and times on the event web page. The locations range across Northwest D.C. and nearby Montgomery County on various dates from August 21 until September 17. Please wear masks and leave at least 6 feet of space between household groups at these events.

The event web page with the most up-to-date information can be found here:

The map can be found here:

When you click on a location, you will see the dates and times that there will be shofar blowing at that location.

About TIfereth Israel
Tifereth Israel, a Conservative congregation, has anchored the Jewish presence in the District of Columbia for over 100 years. At TI, Jews of many backgrounds and identities come together to enrich our lives through prayer, study, celebration, and work for social justice. TI is committed to treating all genders equally, removing economic and accessibility barriers to participation and recognition, and building connections between communities.
Phone: 202-882-1605
Facebook: @TiferethIsrael

About Rabbi Werbow
Originally from Buffalo, New York, Rabbi Werbow was raised in a loving, Conservative Jewish household where he learned both the discipline and the beauty of Judaism. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Special Education, a Master’s degree in Jewish Education; after completing rabbinical studies at the Ziegler School of the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, he was ordained in 2006. With experience in interfaith relations, outreach and social justice campaigns from his previous congregational posts, Michael Werbow became TI’s rabbi on July 1, 2020. Rabbi Werbow can be contacted at [email protected]

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