The three local synagogues, Temple Emek Shalom, Havurah Shir Hadash and Chabad of Southern Oregon have a variety of services and events scheduled for the High Holy Days.

At sundown on Friday, Sept. 18, Rosh Hashanah will mark the beginning of the Jewish New Year 5770. The three local synagogues, Temple Emek Shalom, Havurah Shir Hadash and Chabad of Southern Oregon have a variety of services and events scheduled for the High Holy Days.

Rosh Hashanah, which means "Head of the Year" in Hebrew, is observed for two days. Like all Jewish holidays, it begins at sundown the evening before the first full day of the holiday. Round and sweet foods, such as apples dipped in honey or round challot baked with raisins are served to symbolize a sweet and cyclical new year. Rosh Hashanah is both a solemn and a happy time for quiet introspection for Jewish people. They review their past deeds, ask for forgiveness and resolve to do better and be a better person in the upcoming year. On the first full day of Rosh Hashanah it is customary to follow the ritual of Tashlich — going out to a flowing body of water and throwing pebbles into the water, thereby symbolically casting away sins.

Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the Ten Days of Awe while Yom Kippur marks the end. This year Yom Kippur begins on the evening of Sunday, Sept. 27 with a Kol Nidre service and is considered to be the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. Also known as the Day of Atonement, it is a day of fasting, reflection and prayers.

The three synagogues in Ashland have the following High Holy Days services available. All services are free and open to everyone. Childcare during the services are available at Temple Emek Shalom and Havurah Shir Hadash and require reservations in advance.

Schedule of events

Temple Emek Shalom

1800 East Main Street, 488-2909, emekshalom.org

Rosh Hashanah:

Erev Rosh Hashanah

Friday, Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m.

Rosh Hashanah Morning (Day 1)

Saturday, Sept. 19, 10 a.m.

Tashlich, One hour after conclusion of morning service at Temple Emek Shalom Creek

Rosh Hashanah Morning (Day 2)

Sunday, Sept. 20, 10 a.m.

Yom Kippur:

Kol Nidre

Sunday, Sept. 27, 6:30 p.m.

Yom Kippur

Monday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m.

Break Fast at approximately 7:30 p.m.

Havurah Shir Hadash

185 N. Mountain Ave, 488-7716, havurahshirhadash.org.

Rosh Hashanah:

Erev Rosh Hashanah

Friday, Sept. 18, 7 p.m.

Rosh Hashanah Morning (Day 1)

Saturday, Sept. 19, 10 a.m.

Family Tashlich Service: 4 p.m. at Cotton Memorial in Lithia Park.

Rosh Hashanah Morning (Day 2)

Sunday, Sept. 20, 10 a.m.

Yom Kippur:

Kol Nidre Services

Sunday, Sept. 27, 7 p.m.

Yom Kippur

Monday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m.

Break Fast at approximately 6:30 p.m.

Chabad Jewish Center of Southern Oregon

804 Hillview Drive, 482-2778 , chabadofashland.org

Rosh Hashanah:

Erev Rosh Hashanah

Friday, Sept. 18, 7 p.m.

Community dinner: 7:30 pm, RSVP 482-2778

Rosh Hashanah Morning (Day 1)

Saturday, Sept. 19, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Rosh Hashanah (Day 2)

Sunday, Sept. 20, 11 a.m. to noon — Sermon and Shofar blowing

4:30 p.m. Tashlich Walk:

Meet at the Ashland Public Library to walk as a group to the bridge near the playground at Lithia Park

Yom Kippur:

To be determined. For information call Chabad at 482-2778 or check the Web site, chabadofashland.org