Cantor Sounds Shofar

Dennis Evanosky Temple Israel Cantor Brian Reich sounds the shofar as part of the Jewish New Year tradition.

Celebrate the High Holy Days with Temple Israel

It has been the tradition for more than 2,500 years to sound the shofar, usually a ram’s horn, every day in the Hebrew month of Elul, the month before the Jewish New Year.

A horn from the African kudu is Brian Reich’s choice; as cantor and director of education at Temple Israel, he has been sounding the shofar to announce the New Year for the past 25 years in the East Bay. He prefers the depth and octaves from the kudu horn. The shofar is to be sounded every day (except the Sabbath because it is the day of rest) to announce the coming of the New Year.

The Jewish High Holy Day of Rosh Hashanah begins this Sunday, Sept. 13. The date is the first day of the month of Tishre in the year 5776, according to the Hebrew calendar. Reich has been sounding the shofar every Tuesday through Friday at 4:45 p.m. at Temple Israel.

For more information about the Jewish High Holy days or the history of the shofar, contact Reich at cantor@templeisrael
alameda.org.