Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center welcomes New Year 5772

Cantor David Muchnick and Rabbi Jonathan Berkun

On the eve of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center looks forward to sharing this milestone with its congregation and the greater community.

Under the leadership of Rabbi Jonathan Berkun, Chairman of the Board William Landa, President Marcy Resnik, and Executive Vice President Dr. Amir Baron, the year 5772 in the Jewish calendar marks the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center’s twenty first year on its current campus as a vibrant conservative synagogue. Once a small, storefront synagogue and now a bustling spiritual home to more than 2000 Jews, ATJC has many reasons to celebrate.

Religious services begin tonight and continue on Thursday and Friday mornings, during which worshippers contemplate the year that has passed and commit to leading better lives in the year ahead.

The Tashlikh ceremony will take place the 2nd Day of Rosh Hashanah, September 30, 5 p.m. at the marina behind the Waterways Shoppes. This annual ritual includes the blowing of the Shofar (ram’s horn) and invites the more than 250 participants to cast breadcrumbs into the water, symbolizing the casting away of personal sins.

As Rabbi Berkun explains, “Gathering with our families for the Tashlikh ceremony is a meaningful way of enacting the personal transformation we hope to achieve in the New Year. In such a magnificent, serene outdoor setting, it is hard not to be inspired to try to be better spouses, parents, children, and neighbors in the year to come.”

The synagogue’s popular musical Friday Night Live service will begin on the outdoor stage at the Waterways immediately following Tashlikh.

In between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, are the Days of Repentance during which Jews are traditionally encouraged to make amends for wrongdoing, pray and give charity.

The eve of Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, begins with the solemn service of Kol Nidre, an evening service named for an ancient prayer that speaks of the power of words and promises. Yom Kippur is observed by fasting and praying and concludes with a blast of the Shofar.

This year, congregants are invited to reserve their place at the synagogue’s “Break-the-Fast Feast,” October 8 at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, visit atjc.org or call 305.937.1880

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