It was a tasty Rosh Hashana ‘Under the Stars'[classic article]


It was a tasty Rosh Hashana 'Under the Stars'
It was a tasty Rosh Hashana ‘Under the Stars’

For the past seven years, Baltimore Hebrew Congregation has been hosting free Rosh Hashana services under the stars. They do ask that you bring canned goods for the needy. People bring picnics, often with bottles of wine and gourmet delicacies. About 5,000 – 6,000 people attended this year.

Mirgorodskaya water

I wish I had discovered Mirgorodskaya water while my grandfather was still alive. He was from Mirgorod, in what is now the Ukraine. He lived to be just shy of 99 years old and we spent lots of time breaking bread together . . . he would have gotten a kick out of it.

I did send some bottles from Euro Deli to my mom in Chicago, but she has mixed feelings. She’s a big reader and has pointed out that Mirgorod favorite son Nickolai Gogol was virulently antisemitic. She probably wouldn’t think this is a good water to drink for the Jewish High Holidays.

Thousands of worshippers and picnics

The estimates are of 5,000 – 6,000 people enjoying the Jewish New Year at Oregon Ridge Park. Most brought delicious picnic foods! Apples and honey are traditional for Rosh Hashana.

Delicacies from Euro Deli

I always like to get Russian and Ukrainian delicacies for my picnic at Rosh Hashana Under the Stars. No, I don’t keep Kosher . . . my grandfather did, but not a lot of the other ancient relatives did. They were early on the Reformed bandwagon, being Midwesterners.

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