Americans blend tradition, creativity for Rosh Hashanah

In 2020 (or 5781, by the Jewish calendar), Jewish Americans will celebrate Rosh Hashanah at home.

With many synagogues closed, congregations cannot gather to hear the obligatory 30 blasts of the shofar, so rabbis and volunteers in U.S. cities will be blowing the shofar outdoors or from their homes.

Rituals, such as preparing traditional sweet foods that symbolize a new year of blessings, will be maintained. This year, Jewish Americans will exchange good wishes with friends and family by telephone and video calls, maintaining strong connections to each other and their faith.