Jewish House launches ‘Project Shofar’ to bring the joy of Rosh Hashanah this Yom Tov

September 4, 2020 by Rachel Phillips
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With physical distancing still a priority to ensure safe-guarding people against the COVID pandemic, the team at Sydney’s Jewish House have come up with a creative way to bring the mitzvah and joy of the Shofar to every person in our community this New Year, through the launch of Project Shofar.

Jewish House CEO, Rabbi Mendel Kastel said: “We have partnered with dedicated community members to make shofar blowing accessible to each and every person in our local area who are physically isolating at home, or unable to attend large gatherings to bring in the New Year.

Our team has created a portal for people to register for someone to hear the shofar on Yom Tov outdoors, to purchase a shofar, or to volunteer to blow the shofar.

Earlier this week we were contacted by an elderly woman who has been self-isolating since March and thought this would be her first Yom Tov without hearing the shofar. We have connected her with one of our volunteers who sound the shofar outside her home. This small act of kindness has brought her such joy.

Project Shofar aims to bring hope to those who have weathered such challenging times over the past 12 months.”

To register your interest in Project Shofar and celebrate the beginning of a fresh New Year, click on http://www.jewishhouse.org.au/shofar or phone 02 9386 0770.

This collaborative community project is being coordinated in strict accordance with the NSW Health guidelines.

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