In preparation for the Jewish New Year, Twinsburg children will play a special role in ushering in the High Holidays by crafting their very own ram’s horn instrument, known as the shofar, at Twinsburg Chabad’s "Shofar Factory" workshop at 11 a.m. Aug. 26 at the Twinsburg Community Center.
The children — with appropriate adult supervision — will help cure, measure, saw, drill, polish and learn how to blow a real ram’s horn. The shofar is the central symbol of Rosh Hashanah, which is celebrated near the beginning of each fall. Synagogues blast the shofar during the Rosh Hashanah services, which take place this year Sept. 10 and 11. The cry of the shofar is a call to repentance as Jews resolve to improve their deeds during the coming new year.
"Today we know that children absorb more when they are actively engaged in the educational process, than simply listening to a lecture in the classroom," said Rabbi Mendy Greenberg. "Our goal is to encourage Jewish kids and their families to enjoy and appreciate Judaism by offering fun and positive educational experiences. In the case of the shofar, we hope the activity will encourage children to explore and practice the Jewish New Year."
The event is free and open to the community. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Jewish High Holidays are Sept. 10 and 20, and there will be services on those days.