Citizen Shofar-Blowers Will Announce the New Year Around the UWS This Sunday

The blowing of the shofar is a key moment in the Rosh Hashanah service, and this year local residents will take up the call (literally) to make sure their neighbors experience the moment — even if they’re sheltering at home.

Rosh Hashanah begins in the evening this Friday, September 18 and ends on the evening of Sunday, September 20. The shofar event is set for Sunday at 4 p.m. from 64th Street to Columbia University on Broadway, with at least 23 shofar-blowers getting involved. The list of locations is in this document.

Several local synagogues are participating in the effort, including Ansche Chesed, a member there told us. Thanks to Jeff Segall, who will be blowing the shofar on 92nd and Broadway, for the tip.

Photo via wikimedia.

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    1. Mitchell says:

      that is terrific..will look forwrad to hearing it

    2. Daniel Marks Cohen says:

      This is so great. I hope post-COVID this becomes a tradition.

    3. Susan says:

      How cool and otherworldly is this. I’ll be sure to listen on Sunday at 4. It’s an iconic sound and shouldn’t be missed, especially if you’ve never heard one live!

    4. E says:

      Incredible. Thanks for letting us know about this.

    5. Tamara Kirson says:

      This, once again, reveals the spirit of this city, which I love, a spirit that still glows despite the challenges and the current smoky haze!

    6. Isaac Belfus says:


    7. Joan Arenstein says:

      Thanks for posting this. L’Shanah Tova!

    8. Judy Meltzer says:


    9. C. Friedman says:

      Will the Shofar be blown on Friday evening on Friday? If so, what time and where? I read there’d be one at 92nd and Broadway, what time will that be? I think this is a beautiful idea and I want to be part of this. I’m suffering through COVID, unemployment, and loneliness. It would be a blessing to kick off the New Year in this way. I’m scheduled to go out of town on Friday, but if you can give me the time the Shofar will be blown, I will do my very best to leave later. I look forward to hearing back: Thank you and God bless…

      • Rachelle Pachtman says:

        Wishing you a sweet, healthy, happy and prosperous New Year.❤️😇🌈🌷🍒🍷🦄🐕🐱🧸

    10. Carol Isaak says:

      Good for the Jews of the UWS!

    11. Allan Blau says:

      Also blow in honor of RBG